The checklists are embodied in grade specific pieces that have been written by kids under similar on-demand conditions and that capture what work matching standards for that grade level should look like.
Writing Pathways: Performance Assessments and Learning Progressions A powerful assessment system offering learning progressions, performance assessments, student checklists, rubrics, and leveled writing exemplars.
Series Components Units of Study Four Units of Study per grade level include all the teaching points, minilessons, conferences, and small group work for a comprehensive workshop curriculum.
Available for separate purchase—ideal for administrators and coaches who are supporting implementation of Units of Study. Proven Tools and Methods It is an understatement to say these units have been piloted many times.
This allows the tool to be used for Measures of Students Learning in high-stakes contexts. You are also invited to create your own homemade version of this assessment system, as there are extraordinary lessons to be learned from fashioning such a tool together in the company of your colleagues and whatever set of standards you adopt.
Who should choose the Up the Ladder units? For each grade, there are two exemplar pieces that represent very different but equivalent ways for a piece to be at-level. The performance assessments you will find here were designed to align to particular Common Core State Standards in reading and writing, and to anchor specific units of study in data collection and close observation of student work.
Write this in a way that shows what you know how to do.
They need to hear ways their writing is getting better and to know what their next steps might be. Writing needs to be taught like any other basic skill, with explicit instruction and ample opportunity for practice. Young people will especially invest themselves in their writing if they write about subjects that are important to them.
Then, with involvement from the kids themselves, teachers score those pieces of writing against some tools we give them.