Facilitated by: Mrs. Rogers, Mrs. Lawrence, Ms. Dugger, Mrs. Cronin and Mr. Luker The purpose of this meeting is to: Better familiarize you with what is being taught in your child’s classroom and why Provide you with writing samples Equip you with scoring criteria Explain the goals of the David Youree faculty for your child Inform you about the importance of the TCAP Writing Assessment What is being taught in your child’s classroom? The writing process: circle map, flee map, rough draft, revise, edit, final draft (publish and share) Many different types of writing such as: friendly letters, research papers, compare and contrast essays, problem and solution narrative essays, diary writing, etc. Writing is incorporated into different subject areas Grammar is taught within the writing process as well as a stand alone subject Writing Samples In your packet you will find an example of a 1,2,3,4, 5 and 6 writing piece Please take a moment to peruse each paper The State Scoring Rubric In your packet you will find a copy of the TCAP Writing Assessment Rubric Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the rubric A 4 is proficient We strive to have all DYE students scoring a 4,5 or 6 Components of a 5 or a 6 paper Word choice-strong verbs and sophisticated adjectives Example: Suzy walked to the store. Suzy sauntered to the corner market. Example: Joe was a fast runner. Joe was a rapid runner. Components of a 5 or 6 paper Sophisticated transition words such as: eventually, although, currently, meanwhile, and nevertheless Embedded transition words Example: Eventually, the children noticed the monster. The children eventually noticed the monster. Components of a 5 or 6 paper Compound/Complex sentences using a conjunction such as: and, but, for either, or, neither, nor, who, which, that , in addition Example: Brice went to the store to buy milk. He also bought cheese. Brice went to the store to buy milk, but also bought cheese. Components of a 5 or 6 paper Sentence variety: include questions and exclamations Variety of sentence length: some long, some short Dialogue and monologue: not too much Components of a 5 or 6 paper Figurative Language: similes, metaphors, hyperboles, onomatopoeia, and personification Example: Bill’s room was a mess. Bill’s room was a pigsty! Rewards! If your child receives a 5 or a 6 they will be driven in a limousine to lunch, compliments of the David Youree PTO! All other students will stay at school for an ice-cream and movie party! What does the score mean for our school? Mr. Luker will explain what our TCAP Writing Assessment scores mean for our school as a whole. Thank you for coming out tonight! We appreciate your support, thank you for showing interest in your child’s education by attending tonight’s meeting. Have a safe trip home.