Driving Your 4th Grade Classroom Writing From Now Until STAAR: Use 4 weeks or less to STAAR March 2017
Expository Prompt Prep to the Rescue
Why sort by grading category instead of trying to score it a 1,2,3 or 4:
Often times we read a students writing piece and have no idea how to help them. We either feel like they are already so good there is nothing we can do (or need to do) with their essays or we feel the exact opposite. Sometimes we feel a students writing may be like that old saying about throwing the baby out with the bath water.
I was reading an essay from my suitemates class and she was feeling very helpless. I began looking
at TEA’s scoring guide which you can find here http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/writing/
click on the newest expository released scoring guide. I strongly recommend you download
and print the scoring guide. I cannot include it due to copyright per TEA. I noticed some
positive things about the students writing, they at least kept it expository. Then I started
to notice all hope wasn’t lost. I realized, if we focused on the category of language use
and conventions for this student for the next couple of weeks, we could take her from
earning a combined 2, to a combined 3 or 4.
Sorting your students papers by category strengths and weaknesses gives you the
opportunity to zoom in on a few things that can really raise their score, from
the lower scores to even the higher ones. While TEA does score the test
holistically, helping your students improve in each category can have a big
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