English Language Arts

Education Beyond Expectations

One Semester Down!

It is hard to believe that the first semester is almost in the books. This is a time for reflection and also to begin thinking about what the second semester will look like as well. In our December newsletter, you will find Writing on Demand resources, information about upcoming professional development, some interesting reads for teachers, and some instructional resources I have dug up. Enjoy the rest of the semester and most importantly have a great winter break! You deserve it!

Plymoth Writing Project

On the KSDE website, a great resource can be found. The Plymouth Writing Project addresses teacher concerns about how to prepare students for writing on demand. Here you will find a study that defines specific skills needed for successfully completing an on-demand writing task. Also included you will find scripted lesson plans that will be very useful for modeling the thinking and problem-solving process, engaging with prompts and skills needed to do so, and many more strategies. This would be great for whole classroom instruction, small group instruction, and even to be used during Guided Study.

Also, 2015 sample MDPTs and resources have been posted. A great resource for writing practice!

Link: http://community.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=5280

Achieve the Core- On Demand Writing Resource

KSDE has also posted a great resource on their assessment website. There are writing samples, lesson plans, and more.


Favorite Writing Resources

We are Teachers is at it again. they have gathered some amazing writing resources for teachers. Here you will find grammar lessons, conferencing strategies, anchor charts and more.

Link: http://www.weareteachers.com/lessons-resources/favorite-writing-resources

This article, provided by NYTimes.com, is a great resource for the following skills and standards:

Common Core E.L.A. Anchor Standards


  • 1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

  • 7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

Speaking and Listening

  • 1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Upcoming Professional Development

Our November 3rd PD will be moving to January 12th, same time and same place. Pearson will be joining us at Pleasant Ridge Middle School for early release PD. More information will be coming out when we return from break.

Save the Date!! the Choice Learning Conference will be coming your way on the afternoon of March 10th. Mark the date and be looking for presentation volunteer information coming out the middle of January.

Trending Tech Tool

Here is a great tool that allows you to use YouTube clips and embed questions in the video that students can engage with and answer. Students can even use their devices to answer questions. Even better, there are great videos that are already created!: https://www.zaption.com/gallery

Here is the BVTech Guide on how to set up your Zaption today:


I our February PD, this will be one of the tools BVTech Ed will be showcasing.

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