This practical resource gives secondary English teachers a new, student-based approach to writing instruction that integrates writing, grammar, and literature assignments and involves students in building and assessing their own individual writing portfolios.
Over 350 pages of writing activities, teacher and student writing models, and writing rubrics or guidelines at each step help student learn at their own pace. These are accompanied by handy “teacher pages” with suggestions ranging from grading assignments to involving students in the evaluation process to creating mini-lessons for specific units.
Getting Started: Part One gives detailed directions for creating portfolios that not only serve as a record of student growth in writing but also document mastery of grammar and literature/reading skills. It shows how to interest students in keeping a portfolio, how to teach student to manage their own portfolios, and how to involve students in portfolio assessment. Included are tips on the purpose, use, and grading of student-interactive rubrics and a variety of reproducible checklists, response sheets, and more.
Writing: Part Two covers all steps of the writing process and provides easy-to-follow teacher pages and over 150 reproducible writing worksheets and models for developing students’ skills in six different modes.
Grammar: Part Three provides an individualized approach to language usage and includes over 40 reproducibles, such as an easy-to-grade correction sheet that can be a personalized follow-up to all teacher-graded written assignments, assignment sheets integrating literature and grammar, and portfolio assessment sheets that give students an opportunity to review their own writing progress.
Literature: Part Four presents over 30 unique reproducibles to spark and guide writing about literature, including generic application tests that can be given for any short story or novel, individual student-interaction reading sheets that allow students to respond to a work as it is being read, and independent assignments such as “Creating a Journal Project for Novels.”
In short, Writing Portfolio Activities Kit gives you an individualized, holistic writing curriculum that involves students in working with real-life models, creating and evaluating their own writing portfolios, and learning to see writing, grammar, and literature as inseparable pieces of language arts.