Winter 2015 WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY
How can you empower writing instruction in your classroom and school? Scoring and norming student work ensures consistent expectations and builds a crucial foundation for writing instruction.
Using Wyoming’s writing prompts, the WDE Standards and Assessment teams will offer a two-day professional development. During this session, participants will systematically score and norm student papers in order to inform quality writing instruction.
Participants will first need to administer the selected Wyoming writing prompts (two per grade level) to students and submit writing samples. All writing prompts used MUST have all student names and other personally identifiable information removed to ensure confidentiality. Register and submit writing samples no later than Nov. 20, 2015. Please submit all writing samples to Jessica Steinbrenner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates and Locations
Tues.-Wed., Dec. 8-9
Hathaway Building-Basement Conference Area
2300 Capitol Ave.
Check-in begins at 8:40 a.m.
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Language Arts Content & Performance Standards Downloads
- Standards 2012 Language Arts (PDF)
- Standards 2008 Language Arts (PDF)
- Standards 2008 Language Arts (Word)
2014 Wyoming ELA Performance Level Descriptors
- Grades 3-8, letter-sized version (8.5″x11″) PDF
- Grades 3-8, legal-sized version (8.5″x14″) PDF
- Grade 3, letter-sized version (8.5″x11″) PDF
- Grade 4, letter-sized version (8.5″x11″) PDF
- Grade 5, letter-sized version (8.5″x11″) PDF
- Grade 6, letter-sized version (8.5″x11″) PDF
- Grade 7, letter-sized version (8.5″x11″) PDF
- Grade 8, letter-sized version (8.5″x11″) PDF
English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects
CCSS – ELA Resources
- Navigating Text ComplexityThis site provides educators with a comprehensive definition of quantitative and qualitative dimensions of text complexity. Materials include text complexity placemats, rubrics, suggested text sets, and instructional resources that demonstrate how and why to use these tools.
- Fisher and FreyCreated by literacy experts Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, this website offers helpful resources and insightful articles for teachers. Some topics include: complex text and struggling readers, examining the composing process, new literacies, effective learning environments, and more.
- Achieve the CoreWhat does strong student writing aligned to the Common Core look like? In Common provides hundreds of samples of student work from K-12 classrooms across the country. The samples are meant to illustrate how a student’s writing progresses as they gain fluency in the three types of Common Core Writing: opinion/argument writing, informative/ explanatory writing, and narrative writing.
- Teach the Books You LoveAt this website teachers share book titles and provide their rationale for instruction. The titles are also analysed for quantitative and qualitative complexity measures (lexile, structure, language conventionality and clarity, knowledge demands, and levels of meaning).