Greenwood HS

Resources & Expository Focus, 1/13/15

What To Expect Today:

  • Debrief Class Period
  • Review Available Resources
  • Create an Expository Game Plan

Face to Face Training: Round 2 Recap

Sample Student Lesson

  • Figure 19 Focus: Summary Strategies
  • Generic and adaptable for any topic
  • Ability to scaffold up or down based on grade level

Paper Tweets & #Summaries

  • Paper or Exit Tweet: concise, 140 characters

  • Use the pdf template:

  • #Hashtag: summary, commentary, insight, or inference

Handy Reference Documents For Reference:

For Writing:

Rubrics, Rubrics, Rubrics

  • Rubrics: Expository for English I here
  • Jigsaw break down activity (see Face to Face presentation)
  • Creating ownership: student friendly language
  • Self assessment
  • Moving forward --> always moving to the right
  • TEA's Student Samples click here

Additional Resources

Additional Ideas for Prompts:

Additional Expository Texts:

Other Random Resources:

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CRAFTS: Foldable & (Pre)Writing Idea

How to Use “CRAFTS” with STAAR:

  • Summarizing the PROMPT

  • Scaffolding for prompt breakdown

  • Modeling Think Aloud process for writing

  • Prewriting venue for essays

C: Context (What is the context for the piece you are creating?)

R: Role (Who or what are you?)
A: Audience (Who are you addressing? Who is this writing for?)
F: Format (What form will the writing take: essay, editorial, response, journal, etc.?)
T: Topic (What is the purpose and topic of the piece? Why?)

S: Strong Verb (What verb defines the purpose of the assignments?)

CRAFTS Implementation: Use to teach Point of View, Character Analysis, Intended Audience, STAAR Prompts (both Expository, Persuasive)

Use sample ideas chart from Michigan Department of Education

Use the RAFT handout template here

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TEKS Resource System

To note:

  • YAG (Year at a Glance)

  • IFD (Instructional Focus Document)

  • VAD (Vertical Alignment Document)

  • Performance Assessments

For Planning:

  • Depth of Knowledge Chart (click here)
  • Bloom's Planning Guide Chart (click here)

Lesson Planning Reflective Questions

How do we plan to?

  • communicate your expectations to students?

  • obtain evidence that students have demonstrated mastery/ understanding?

  • make the lessons relevant to the students?

  • include meaningful activities?

  • use visuals?

  • model the thinking required to accomplish the assignment?

  • the sequence or order your lesson should have for the most impact?

  • instructional groupings during this lesson?

  • provide differentiated instructional methods within your lesson?

  • the pacing of the lesson that provides opportunities for students to learn that progress at different rates?

  • ensure that instructional time is used efficiently and effectively throughout a lesson so that students remain engaged?

  • maintain focus on the learning objective throughout the lesson?

  • materials to use during the lesson?

  • activities to use during the lesson?

  • higher order questions during a lesson?

  • opportunities for all students to respond to questions?

Tech Tool: Review with Kahoot!

Engage your students with an interactive and competitive review!

  • Use Kahoot! to review and interact with your students and gamify your classroom
  • Ideas: review concepts, vocabulary, grammar, elements of a STAAR rubric, classroom rules
  • Enrich: have students create their own Kahoots! to play as a class
  • Let's play! Go to
  • Ready to create your own?

Thanks for Today! Reflect & Respond Feedback Form

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