Purpose of the Leveled Writing System
With my leveled writing system the student will reach for and achieve small goals in the expository writing process. They will climb the success ladder by first being instructed by the teacher on the specific skill they need to learn. The small goals of the levels will allow them to focus and have success, which will motivate them to make it to the next level. Once they start improving they will grasp the meaning and importance of expository writing which will eventually lead them to overall success. The students who use the process will increase their critical thinking skills and be able to back their opinions with facts and supporting details in an organized manner. Most careers today use expository writing in one aspect or another.
Bringing the Common Core Curriculum into the Social Studies Classroom
The Common Core Curriculum affects the social studies classroom. The expository leveled writing system can help you bring in the Common Core Curriculum for writing about primary and secondary sources. It uses a systematic process for students to learn how to write expository paragraphs, essays and DBQ essays.
The leveled writing system can be used as an intervention for RTI or SST.
The most important part of the RTI or SST process is that the improvement a student is making is able to be quantified for each intervention. This leveled writing system uses small steps to help students reach the goal of writing either a paragraph or an essay. After the student has achieved at one level, they will move up to the next. This is a great way to prove improvements are taking place for the student during the RTI process with this intervention.
What are the levels of leveled writing system?
There are 7 levels that span from a topic sentence with 3 listed facts all the way to a DBQ essay. Below are the 7 levels of the leveled writing system:
• Level One: Introducing the Topic Sentence of a Paragraph
• Level Two: Practicing the Topic Sentence and Introducing Supporting Facts of a Paragraph
• Level Three: Practicing the Topic Sentence, Supporting Facts, and Introducing Elaboration of a Paragraph
• Level Four: Writing a Paragraph
• Level Five: Introducing the Essay Outline
• Level Six: Using the Outline to Write an Essay
• Level Seven: Using the Outline to Write a Data Based Question Essay
How does the leveled writing system work for students?
• Students start on the level that they can achieve in order to increase self confidence.
• Students should be allowed to fix mistakes until a score of 10/10 is achieved because repetition of paragraph and essay form will help students learn the correct form faster.
• Students move up a level when they have mastered a level on the first try.
• When the entire class moves up a level, they should be rewarded as a class. This will encourage positive peer pressure for achievement. It also encourages other students to help lower achieving students which will solidify the process for them.
Why did I create the leveled writing system?
When I began teaching in Georgia, I had a class with 24 out of 28 students who were either receiving interventions due to RTI or accommodations for SPED and ELL. Most of these students couldn’t even write a topic sentence and were overwhelmed by paragraph writing. I had a success rate of 99% improvement in writing during several years using this system.
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