Compose and Create

Compose and Create Rubric

  • Choose the following link for an Achievement Rubric that may be used for

CC A 30.1, CC A 30.2, CC A 30.3, and CC A 30.4:composeandcreate_rubric

  • ELA A30 C.C. A 30.4-Real or Invented Narrative:

My students enjoy this assignment. I have taught ELA for 28 years and I have focused mostly on expository writing. I found teaching the narrative a breath of fresh air and I was pleased with how engaged my students were. My students task was to write a narrative about where they are from. I used Lake of the Prairies by Warren Cariou as a model. We did not read the entire book ; I used excerpts from it: p. 11 “…where I belong.” ; I read the chapter ‘Home Free’ to them and I used the description of picking and eating peas on p. 84 to model imagery; I used ‘The Telling’ chapter to model dialect.

 

Writing Process: Before, During, and After Strategies (Saskatchewan Curriculum):

BEFORE

Strategies To Use As You Prepare To Write


Decide on a Topic

  • What am I writing about?
  • What do I know about this topic?
  • What message do I want to communicate?
  • What questions need to be answered?
  • What is my point of view?
  • As a writer, what do I need to do to write a good paper?

What is My Purpose and Who is My Audience

  • For whom am I writing?
  • What do I know about my audience (e.g., age, interests, needs, gender, background)?
  • Why am I writing?
  • What is my purpose (e.g., inform, convince, persuade, defend)?
  • What am I trying to do in this communication?
  • Should I use a formal or informal stance?

What Form Will I Use?

  • What form will appeal to my selected audience and best serve my purpose?
  • What form will engage my audience?
  • What shape will that form take?
  • How could my ideas and information be organized?
  • Text Features-title, captions, illustrations, verses, dialogue, table of contents, glossary, headings, diagrams, sidebar, text box, quotes, works cited, in-text citations

What Do I Need to Consider When Collecting My Ideas and Information?

  • What do I need to find out and discover?
  • Where can I find reference materials?
  • With whom do I talk?
  • Is my topic sufficiently focused?
  • What is the key message?
  • Where is the best information found for this message?

Planning and Organizing My Ideas for Drafting

  • What plan do I have?
  • How will I begin?
  • How will I make this interesting?
  • How will I end?
  • How will I arrange my ideas to make sense?

What Language Will I use to Effectively Communicate My Ideas?

  • What are the key ideas for my message?
  • What is the best way to organize my message?
  • What is the best and most appropriate language to use?
  • What register and tone are appropriate?
  • What is the best way to present my message?

DURING

Strategies To Use While I Am Writing


Creating and Experimenting With My Drafts

  • What ways can I start?
  • What do I need to add, expand, modify, change, condense, delete, or rearrange in my next draft?
  • Is this the best approach for the chosen topic?

My Word Choice

  • For whom am I communicating this and for what purpose?
    What tone is appropriate?
  • What form should this take?
    How should I arrange my ideas and sequence and connect them?
    Are all new paragraphs clearly identified?
  • Are my sentences clear? Complete? Interesting? Varied? Correct?
  • Did I choose the right words? Did I use the words correctly?
  • Did I spell each word correctly?
    Did I use punctuation to clarify meaning?
  • How can I make this more interesting? More effective? More vivid?
    Are my accompanying visuals or multimedia choices appropriate? Did I use legible handwriting or appropriate fonts, formatting, or props?

Conferencing With My Peers, Teacher, Others

  • How do my peers and others respond to my drafts?
  • What suggestions for improvement do others have?
  • What do I need to add or change to create a good, quality text?
  • Do others have suggested ideas and sources of information that I can include?

I Need To  “Fix-up” My Draft (Reflect, Clarify, Self-monitor, Self-correct)

  • Does this mean what I want it to mean?
  • How clear is the meaning?
  • What are the strengths and what areas need improvement in this piece?
  • What should I now add, change, delete, or rearrange?

Communicating My Ideas

  • How can I use different features to communicate my ideas more clearly and more effectively?

AFTER

Strategies To Use After I Have Completed Writing


Revise My Content and Meaning (adding, deleting, substituting, and rethinking)

  • Have I included everything I want to say?
  • Do I need to add other information?
  • Are there enough details?
  • Do I need to remove anything? Is the writing interesting?
  • Does the writing achieve the purpose?
  • Are there unrelated ideas that distract the viewer, listener, or reader?

Revise My Organization (reordering)

  • Do I have an introduction?
  • Is the main idea clearly developed and supported?
  • Is the order clear?
  • Are the ideas and details arranged in an effective order?
  • Are the connections between ideas and sentences clear?
  • Do I have a good ending?

Revise My Sentence Structure and Flow

  • Are my sentences clear and complete?
  • Do my sentences read smoothly?
  • Is my sentence structure varied?
  • Do the subjects and verbs agree?

Revise My Word Choice, Spelling, and Usage

  • Does the language I used fit the audience and purpose?
  • Have I used the best words?
  • Have I used any words too many times?
  • Have I left out any words?
  • Are the words I used spelled correctly?

I Need To Proofread and Review for Mechanics and Appearance (Punctuation and Capitalization)

  • Did I proofread for capitalization and punctuation?
  • Is it audible?
  • Is my polished draft legible?
  • Is my layout clear?

I Need To Confer With My Peers, Teacher, or Others

  • What is the part that I like best?
  • Does it say what I wanted it to say?
  • Does it have a clear form?
  • Does it make sense? Is it interesting?
  • Does it give the intended reaction?
  • Is it clear and easy to understand? Is it appropriate for my purpose and audience?
  • How can it be improved?
  • What could I do next?

I Need To Polish, Practise, and Decide How My Work will be Shared and/or Published

  • What do quality speaking, writing, and other forms of representing look and sound like?
  • Is the presentation ready?
  • In what context (situation) will the viewers, listeners, or readers engage with the text?
  • How will this context affect its presentation?

Share My Final Product, Reflect and Consider Feedback, and Celebrate Learning

  • What is the listeners’, readers’, or viewers’ response?
  • What worked well?
  • What would I try next time?
  • What lessons have I learned from this experience?
  • How do I find opportunities to celebrate my achievements?

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