Wednesday, July 8, 2015

CRA’s New Summer Book Blog Begins Next Week!

We’re reading Lucy Calkins’ Writing Pathways: Performance Assessments and Learning Progressions, Gr. K-8. Need a copy? Blog if you want to enter our raffle for a free copy!

Educators can easily earn a semester unit for only $60. You need only complete three blogs.  Our blog has been viewed 5,317 times this year for a reason!

Plus, you can always review past book club blogs on Lori Oczkus’ "...Close Reading and Comprehension of Informational Text" or Café by The Two Sisters. You may comment on these past blogs to earn your semester unit.  (Lucy and Lori will be keynoters at CRA’s Riverside PDI Oct. 23-24)!

Here’s our schedule for Lucy Calkins’ Writing Pathways: Gr. K-8.

In July, we’ll read and discuss Part 1 Chapters 1-3:
Ch. 1  Assessment Toolkit
Ch. 2  1st Step: Conducting On-Demand Performance Assessments
Ch. 3  The Norming Meeting and Subsequent Scoring: Developing Shared Expectations

In the first half of August, we’ll read and discuss Part 1 Ch. 4-6:
Ch. 4  Using Early Results to Plan & Adapt Your Writing Curriculum
Ch. 5  Self Assessment Checklists: The What, the Why, and the How
Ch. 6  Tracking Data: On-the-Run and Formally

In the last half of August, we’ll read and discuss Part 1 Ch. 7-9:
Ch. 7  Teaching Informed by the Learning Progressions
Ch. 8  Supporting Transference across the Content Areas
Ch. 9  Designing Reading-Writing Performance Assessments

In the first part of September, we’ll read and discuss Opinion/Argument Writing.

In the last part of September, we’ll read and discuss Information Writing.

In the first part of October, we’ll read and discuss Narrative Writing and wrap up the book club before Lucy comes to CRA’s PDI on Riverside on Oct. 23-24. Hope to see you there!

Why wait?  Start blogging today! Lynn Gurnee, CRA Past President
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1 comment:

  1. All of the tools in Part II plus additional resources are online at Click linking upper right to login. (Create an account if you don't have one yet). Enter registration code WPK8res14. Under My Online Resources click link for Writing Pathways K-8. The resources are in upper right: click a file name to open or download. (For any "Zip" files, double click to get the files. You may keep copies of any of these files for your individual or classroom use only! Wow! This book is full of useful, powerful tools! Enjoy! Lynn Gurnee