The Essential Skill of Writing Ideas/Content and Organization
The Essential Skill of Writing Ideas/Content and Organization For Content Area Teachers An In-Depth Training Session Goals for this Workshop
Participants will 1. Understand the key components of the traits of Ideas/Content and Organization 2. Recognize student performance at different score levels for Ideas/Content and Organization
Goals, continued 3. Develop expertise in scoring student writing for classroom and Essential Skills purposes in Ideas/Content and Organization 4. Understand how CCSS for Writing in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical
Subjects align with Oregons writing assessment model SCORING ISSUES Scoring Issues Four modes Expository, Persuasive,
Narrative, Imaginative Rater bias Response to topic Purpose of assessment Oregon aligns with Common Core State Standards
Oregon Modes of Writing CCSS Text Types & Purposes Persuasive Arguments asserting and defending claims Expository
Informative/Explanatory Narrative Narratives real or imagined
Imaginative Writing in Content Classes Student writing for content
classes is more likely to be expository or persuasive. RATER BIAS
WHAT INFLUENCES STUDENT SCORES? Sources of Rater Bias
Appearance of paper (neat, legible, etc.) Conflict with personal opinions, beliefs, values Religious or political themes
Profanity or extreme violence Sympathy score (student really tries hard) Pet Peeve RESPONSE TO TOPIC PURPOSE OF ASSESSMENT
Classroom Assessment vs. Essential Skills Response to Topic Important for Classroom
Assignments Does not affect Ideas and Content for Essential Skills Work Samples Classroom Assessment vs. Essential
Skills Purpose of Assessment Consider purpose when deciding which traits to score Classroom assignment? Formative assessment? Summative assessment? Essential Skills Work Sample?
IDEAS AND CONTENT Ideas and Content Clear? Focused? ENOUGH developmental details?
Details relevant to main ideas? Lets Review the Scoring Guide Highlight words and phrases that help distinguish a score of 3
from a 4 in Ideas and Content Lets Score some Papers! ORGANIZATION
Organization Can you follow the writing? Introduction: developed? Conclusion: developed? Transitions: present? kinds of? (between and within paragraphs) Paragraph breaks?
Lets Review the Scoring Guide Highlight words and phrases that help distinguish a score of 3 from a
4 in Organization Many Ways to Organize Lets Score some Papers! Common Core State Standards
Adopted by Oregon State Board of Education Require Literacy Instruction in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects Comparing Oregon & CCSS Where do you find words and phrases that echo concepts in Ideas and Content?
Where do you find words and phrases that echo concepts in Organization? What modifications and adjustments do you foresee for writing in content classes? Resources to Practice Scoring
ODE High School Writing Samples: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=527 OPEN Scoring Site: http://www.openc.k12.or.us/scoring/ Clackamas ESD Writing Samples http://www.clackesd.k12.or.us/cie/writing.html
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