4th Grade Writing STAAR Updates

New for the 2015-2016 School Year...Adapted From C.Alvarado

Writing in Leander

Writing in Leander IS.


  • Writer's Workshop Model (45 minutes a day)
  • Mini-Lesson
  • Writing time
  • Sharing
  • Writing Process
  • Anchor Charts
  • Conferring with students
  • Taught through the Units of Study and by genres


Writing in Leander IS NOT...


  • Test-prep
  • Program (box or kit)
  • Worksheets
  • Parts of speech & grammar only
  • Spelling only
  • D.O.L
  • Just writing in Science & Social Studies
  • Separate from Reading
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WRITER'S WORKSHOP STRUCTURE


10 minutes whole group

  • mini-lessons, modeled writing, shared writing, interactive writing

30 minutes for writing

  • independent writing, guided writing, conferring

5 minutes for sharing

  • whole group or partner share

STAAR WRITING ~ WHAT DO WE KNOW?


  • There are 18 total multiple choice items on the newly revised STAAR Writing test.
  • There are 3 writing passages where a student reads a writing piece written by another "student". (These could be Literary Nonfiction, Fiction, Expository, or Persuasive writing.)
  • Then, the student answers 6 revising questions where they have to make the writing better and 12 editing questions where they correct mistakes.
  • There will be 1 composition which will be Expository.

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6 TRAITS OF WRITING & REVISING VS. EDITING


  • The Revision section on STAAR has only 6 questions but covers 5 of the traits of writing.
  • The Editing section on STAAR has 12 questions, and only covers 1 trait of writing.
  • However, proper time must be spent on all Traits of Writing because all the traits listed under the Revision section make for a Satisfactory or Accomplished composition!

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LET'S TALK ABOUT COMPOSITION SCORING & LEANDER ISD DATA


STAAR Composition Scoring

  • The composition can receive a score of 1-Very Limited, 2-Basic Writing, 3-Satisfactory, or 4-Accomplished.
  • It is graded by two trained trainers. The scores must be identical or adjacent. (Not scores spread apart by more than one number. Example: A score of 2 and 3 is okay.)
  • If there is a scoring discrepancy then the composition goes to an expert scorer, a person with extensive training and that score is the only score used twice.
  • Therefore, a score of 1 is not possible.
  • Only the expert scorer can give a score of 0. A score of 0 is given for no response or responses not tied to the prompt.
  • Total possible score for the composition is 8.

Historical Leander ISD Data on Expository Writing:

  • About half of our students are performing at a total score of 4 and below which means we have mostly very limited and basic writers in Leander ISD. This translates to students writing at a 2nd grade level with 1/2 a page, simple sentences, basic addressing of the idea/prompt, minimal or no idea progression.
  • We want students to score 5 and above on the composition moving us to satisfactory writers in Leander ISD.
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HOW DO WE GET THERE?


Move our students toward a score of 3...


Organization/Progression


  • Organizing structure is appropriate to the purpose and responsive to demands of the prompt
  • Essay is coherent with a clear central idea that is focused
  • Progression of ideas is logical and well controlled with meaningful transitions

Development of Ideas

  • Quality details and ideas/examples add substance to the essay
  • The essay is thoughtful and original, the writer demonstrates a good understanding of expository task

Use of Language/Conventions

  • Word Choice is clear and specific, adds clarity
  • Sentences are varied and well controlled
  • Sentence conventions don't distract from the clarity of the essay

IN LIGHT OF THE CHANGES TO STAAR WRITING...IMPLICATIONS FOR INSTRUCTION


  • 4th grade EUS "Narrative and Expository Text: Responding to a Prompt" will change with a focus solely on expository/explanatory writing. It will still fall in the 3rd nine weeks right before STAAR.
  • All grade levels still teach the Units of Study, not just teach Expository writing.
  • Carve out a protected 45 minutes of Writer's Workshop in the master schedule for all grade levels. This time would be protected from "pull-outs".
  • Use resources provided for you on the Elementary Curriculum Website.