Links to Literacy

LINKING EDUCATORS TO LITERACY - HSSD 2015-16 - Vol. 5

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Units of Study: FAQ

Is the post assessment for the on-demand assessment the only score used for the report card grade?

No. A student's grade will be determined using multiple data points to include:

  • the score on the on-demand assessment
  • evaluation of daily writing
  • observations from conferring


** Kindergarten Teachers: Rubric summed score will not be lower than a two. However, students may receive lower than a two on their report card based on evidence mentioned above.


After reviewing the on-demand assessments, I notice my students have gaps that are not addressed in the Units of Study. What should I do?


Many teachers are noticing this because it is the first year of implementation. With this observation, you can decide to teach a one or two day intensive course focused on the gap you noticed (i.e. understanding a small moment/seed story, writing a complete sentence). Lucy Calkins refers to them as "bootcamps". More information on boot camps is included in your Writing Pathways book.


**Have questions? E-mail questions to the Literacy Coach Team at hssdliteracy@hssd.k12.wi.us

2015-16 Units of Study Expectations

Rubrics: All grade levels will use Lucy Calkins' rubrics to score all areas (e.g., conventions, structure, genre).


Grading: Each unit will be taught and assessed at least one time this year. Use post on-demand assessment data and consider other important aspects of student writing to inform grading decisions (e.g., notebook entries, drafts and publications).


Report Cards: Writing standards can be aligned to follow Units of Study program.


*This is year 1 of a 3 year implementation.

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Professional Reading

Check out this practical article on strategy instruction!


Expanding Our Approach to Reading Strategies by Jennifer Serravallo author of The Reading Strategies Book.

Take-aways from Literacy Coaching Team:


  • We noticed the use of specific language used for teaching reading strategies. For example, instead of only saying "Visualize" to students, she suggests prompting, “When you are reading a story, imagine yourself to be in the place. Use your senses to experience the world of the story. Describe what you see, hear, smell, feel." This further teaches the how and why and not just the what.
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Upcoming Literacy Events

  • Week of Oct. 12 - Casual Conversations (K-6)
  • October Staff Meeting Topic - On-Demand Scoring/Inter-Rater Reliability Follow up

Casual Conversations

We will be hosting monthly informal conversations on various literacy topics. Join us for collaborative conversations about topics relating to best practices in literacy.

October's Topic: Units of Study Check In


Forest Glen Room 19: Oct. 12 @ 3:30 (completed)

Howard Room 8: Oct. 16 @ 7:45

Suamico Room 121: Oct. 12 @ 3:30 (rescheduled)

Bay Harbor Library: Oct. 13 @ 3:30 (rescheduled)

Meadowbrook Room 124: Oct. 15 @ 7:45

Lineville Literacy Lounge: Oct. 13 @ 3:15


Feel free to attend any session.

Casual Conversations will be coming to Bay View soon!

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Contact Information

Howard-Suamico Literacy Coach Team