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I wrote the final draft in my best writing Yes Simple ways to assess the product An effective writing process should lead to a successful product. A writing product fulfills its communicative intent if it is of appropriate length, is logical and coherent, and has a readable format.
It is a pleasure to read if it is composed of well-constructed sentences and a rich variety of words that clearly convey the author's meaning. When various conceptual models of writing are compared side by side Isaacson, five product variables seem to emerge: Too often teachers focus their attention primarily on surface features of a student's composition related to the mechanical aspects of writing, or conventions.
A balanced assessment should look at all five aspects of a student's writing. The following are simple methods for assessing each product variable. In some instances quantifiable measures are used; in others, qualitative assessments seem more appropriate.
Fluency The first writing skill a teacher might assess with a beginning writer is fluency: As concepts of print and fine motor skills develop, the student should become more proficient at writing down words and sentences into compositions of gradually increasing length.
The developmental route of very young writers involves trying to understand what written language is about as they look at books, become aware of environmental print, and put pencil to paper Clay, Then children try to relate their experiences in writing using invented spelling.
As they begin to construct little stories they explore spelling patterns and develop new language patterns. Clayrecommends a simple rating scale for emerging writing skills that focuses on language level from only letters to sentences and paragraphsmessage quality, and directional principles Figure 2.
Rating a child's early attempts at writing Clay, Language Level Record the highest level of linguistic organization used by the child: Word any recognizable word 3.
Word group any two-word phrase 4. Sentence any simple sentence 5. Punctuated story of two or more sentences 6. Paragraphed story two themes Message Quality Record the number for the best description on the child's sample: He has a concept of signs uses letters, invents letters, used punctuation 2.
He has a concept that a message is conveyed 3. A message is copied 4. Repetitive use of sentence patterns such as "Here is a " 5.
Attempts to record own ideas 6. Successful composition Directional Principles Record the number of the highest rating for which there is no error in the sample of the child's writing: No evidence of directional knowledge 2.
Part of the directional pattern is known: Reversal of the directional pattern right to left and return down right 4.
Correct directional pattern 5. Correct directional pattern and spaces between words 6. Extensive text without any difficulties of arrangement and spacing of text A simple curriculum-based measure of fluency is total number of words written during a short writing assignment.
When fluency is the focus, misspellings, poor word choice, and faulty punctuation are not considered. Attention is only directed to the student's facility in translating thoughts into words.
A baseline of at least three writing samples should be collected and the total number of words counted for each. For the purpose of evaluation, this total can be compared with those of proficient writers of the same age or grade level.The school system seems to be demanding more and more of 3rd grade students.
I guess we have to give them what they want. This page has some reading worksheets and activites to help prepare your 3rd . Following is a list of topics for compare and contrast essays that you are welcome to use in your classroom. As you look through the list you will see that some items are academic in nature while others are included for interest-building and fun writing activities.
Process, product, and purpose. Curriculum-based assessment must start with an inspection of the curriculum. Many writing curricula are based on a conceptual model that takes into account process, product, and purpose. 3rd Grade English Language Arts Georgia Standards of Excellence (ELAGSE) Georgia Department of Education April 15, • Page 1 of 6.
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