Archive for the ‘expository’ Category

STAAR Writing Review Tips & Spring and Summer PD Opportunities

5 Things To Remember about Writing Review before STAAR Now is the time to remind our kids: they are strong writers that have a wealth of information to connect to any prompt on test day. Here are five reminders for TEACHERS to augment our work before STAAR Writing and EOC test day! 1. We should […]

Back at It.

Variety Is the Spice of Life As we begin to narrow our focus on STAAR preparation, the Region 13 Literacy Team likes to keep the marathon training analogy in mind. To perform any high-pressure, demanding task, like write to a STAAR prompt, or run a mar…

English I Expository Scoring Training Rescheduled!

  Colleagues, The new date for the English I Expository Scoring Workshop is January 29th. The deadline for sending in 40 students essays to score for the training has also been rescheduled to January 9th. Please check your calendars to see whether…

Four National ELA Powerhouses You Don’t Want to Miss

Distinguished Speakers Gretchen Bernabei invigorated us with her emphasis on student-centered writing practice. Jeff Anderson riveted us with his thoughts on grammar as patterns of power for the writer. Harvey “Smokey” Daniels made us slow …

Maintaining Metaphase Momentum in the Expository Writing Process, and August Workshops

In this issue, we wanted to share with you an article written by Cortney Esquitin, Region 13 Instructional Coach, on metacognition. To teach well, we do not need more techniques and strategies as much as we need a vision of what is essential. It is not…

Maintaining Metaphase Momentum in the Expository Writing Process

Author: Cortney Esquitin, Instructional Coach  To teach well, we do not need more techniques and strategies as much as we need a vision of what is essential.  It is not the number of good ideas that turns our work into art but the selection, balance and design of those ideas.       ~Lucy Calkins   […]

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