Writing Across the Curriculum
Preparing students for the Kansas multidisciplinary performance assessment will require teachers of all disciplines to design writing tasks and instruction focused on the standards. It is essential to recognize the importance of writing standards by having students write daily, in response to both verbal and nonverbal texts. To ensure our students are prepared for the assessments teachers must engage students in short writing tasks as well as tasks requiring them to fully engage in a writing process that spans many days. All of us must ensure writing instruction occurs throughout the school day, in multiple contexts and for multiple reasons. This page is dedicated to writing resources to help each teacher to develop student writing skills in all curriculum areas.
OCTOBER 27, TEAM IN-SERVICE MATERIAL
NOVEMBER 10, COMBINED TEAM CURRICULUM TUESDAY
NOVEMBER 11, LATE START HANDOUTS
When we use Thinking Maps, our purpose is to help students transfer thinking processes and integrate their learning. Click Here for a Complete List of Thinking Maps including Student Resources.
Kansas Best Literacy Practices for History & Government
The Kansas Literacy practices and expectations can assist in the design of high-quality instructional lessons and units. The practices and expectations reflect the Kansas College and Career Standards for English Language Arts & for Literacy in History/Social Studies. The Framed in the Benchmarks, these expectations exist in all grade levels and in increasing degrees of sophistication. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT
MDPT Sample Guide and Training Matrerial
- This guide was created to explain the MDPT Sample resources, which were created by Kansas educators who are experts in writing instruction. It provides explanations of each section within the MDPT Sample grid. Embedded within the explanations are reminders related to the format of the MDPT. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD GUIDE
- MDPT is a performance task incorporating multiple disciplines which requires students to engage with texts, images, diagrams and other resources and then compose a narrative, informational/ explanatory text, or opinion (3-5)/argument (6-HS). CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD KSDE ONLINE MDPT PRESENTATION
MDPT Sample Release Items
On demand writing is a writing situation where students are asked to produce quality writing in response to an assigned topic in one, often timed, session. Below are sample release items for MDPT. These sample items provide an example of the type of on demand writing required for students in grades seven and eight. The prompt establishes the purpose of writing through the essential question as students read a short article taking into consideration resources provided in the prompt. Built into the writing rubric are supporting questions along with the types of writing required, taking into consideration maps, diagrams and photographs within the article.
On Demand Writing Sample Lessons
The purpose of the sample lessons below is to provide ways to encourage all teachers in every content area to support on demand writing in their classrooms. The all school writing project supports the creation of a writing situation where students are asked to produce quality writing in response to an assigned topic in one, often timed, session. The lessons below will hopefully support the development of skills needed for student to be College and Career ready when asked to respond to a specific writing prompt after reading a short article.
Team Writing Guide Templates
Teams can develop writing plans indicating writing types associated with related readings. The templates below provide ways to plan and develop a team writing plan.