Article I. (Purpose)
My objective this year was to address learning deficiencies in my English Language Arts (ELA) Class through explicit directives. As a result, teaching the characteristics and properties of ELA concepts became my primary focus. This focus led to a series of learning checks in my classroom. The learning checks in my class revealed my students had learning gaps. The most significant learning gap was writing. Even though my students and I discussed the strategies in this workbook, the students did not execute the steps on the writing examinations. I speculated my student’s disregard of the techniques were a result of the amount of opportunities--limited by pacing--to engage in guided practice. Because of the challenges my students had with the Text Dependent Analysis (TDA), I knew creating a workbook would help them master the assessment. The TDA workbook was designed to guide my students through the writing process when and if I am not available for guided practice (ie. writing conferences) I can assure you: improvement in your students’ writing will be evident if the workbook is studied consistently.
Article II. (Instructions)
Review the TDA workbook before you print.
Print the pages required for your students.
Determine your method of implementation.
Distribute the workbook to the students
Fill in the title page, name, date, and schedule with the students.
Complete the workbook.
Grade the TDA assignment.
Assign three skills for the students during the writing conferences.
Article III. (Implementation)
Create mini-lessons to pair with the workbooks.
Assign the workbook during independent practice or writing conferences.
Select pages for homework assignments.
Use the workbook during literacy block.
Assign pages for homeroom.
Use the workbook for after school or morning tutoring.
Assign the workbook to early finishers.
Article IV. (Contents)
Deconstructing the Question
Examining the Text
Language Omission and Revision