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Writing From Sources Shift Kit

The Writing From Sources Kit was designed to give teachers and administrators some background information on what is expected for student achievement with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in writing from sources.

Contents of the kit include:

  • Introduction of writing from sources
  • Presentation materials to build capacity at the school level
  • Instructional resources responsive to the demands of the CCSS
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Critical Directions
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    • Writing from Sources K-5
      • K-5 Facilitators Guide
      • PowerPoint
      • Research Module Overview
      • Research Organizers
      • Elementary Gathering Grid
      • Annotations for Student Writing    
    • Writing from Sources 6-12
      •  6-12  Facilitator’s Guide
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      •  Notes to Synthesis Organizer
      •  Notes Organizer
      •  Research Then and Now
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  • Benko, S.L.   ( 2012 ) Scaffolding: An ongoing process to support adolescent writing development Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 56 ( 4 ) 291 300 .
  • Coleman J.,  Golson L.  & Donovan, C. (2012).Visual representations in second graders' information book compositions. The Reading Teacher, 66(1), 31–45.
  • Dalton, B.  ( 2012 ).   Multimodal composition and the Common Core State Standards The Reading Teacher 66 ( 4 ),  333 339 .
  • Morgan, D. N. and Rasinski, T. V. (2012), The power and potential of primary sources. The Reading Teacher, 65(8), 584–594.
  • Ross, D., Fisher, D., & Frey, N. (2009). The art of argumentationScience and Children47(3), 28-31. 


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newWebEx: Identifying and Implementing Key Components of Effective Writing Instruction

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  • Grades 6-12: 's mission declares that they Promote critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format. There are a multitude of articles and supporting documents however due to some of the sensitive nature of some topics, it is necessary to preview topics due to the variety available for all grade levels.
  • All Grades:  Elk Grove School District, CA has developed writing rubrics that align to the Common Core State Standards.
  • All Grades: Daily prompts are generated for journal writing. Lesson plans are listed as well as samples of student work. The website gives examples of writing genres and samples of each genre. Mentor texts are suggested and graphic organizers are provided for each genre.
  • All Grades: The National Writing Project lists the sites of the project in Illinois colleges as well as other state colleges. There is also a section that posts video clips of educators talking about digital writing. The sites work to provide professional development to area schools. They generate research and develop resources to improve the teaching of writing and learning. In Illinois, the Writing Project can be found at the following universities: University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and National-Lewis University.
  • Grades offers a host of materials for improving literacy for adolescents.  Along with many books written by the author, there are free resources and a wealth of white papers and articles recommended for professionals to read.
  • Grades 9-12:  Teen Ink is a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos and forums.
  • All Grades:  The West Virginia Department of Education houses several resource links regarding text structure.  “Being able to identify the structure of a text can greatly increase students' comprehension of the material being read.  There are six basic structures that are commonly found in textbooks.  Once the teacher has modeled the text structure, students can follow the organizing pattern to identify important events, concepts and ideas.” 
  • Grades 4-12 AdLit's website contains a number of resources for teachers. One of those resources contains resources about text structure. Text structure refers to how the information within a written text is organized. Teaching students to recognize common text structures can help students monitor their comprehension.


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