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):
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?
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?
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?