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The Warp and Woof of Writing: More Than Text Alone Empowers Student Writers (C-3)


How well are your ESOL students able to meet the academic writing demands of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? In this workshop, participants will analyze the CCSS expectations for student writing, design writing prompts, and create formative assessment tools. The presenter will demonstrate how to use a variety of multimodal resources to facilitate student practice in explaining, analyzing, and synthesizing information and develop formative assessments to track students’ progress.

Who Should Attend?

Grades 3–8 ESOL and content teachers

What Will I Learn?

In this workshop, participants will
  • analyze the expectations of the CCSS writing standards
  • explore the writing demands for different text types and purposes
  • identify and analyze writing prompt–paired (visual and textual) resources (e.g., nonfiction picture books)
  • develop writing prompts, including choosing multimodal resources that address content topics
  • create appropriate formative assessment tools (e.g., checklists, rating scales, or rubrics) to assess student writing progress toward meeting a standard

About the Workshop Leader

Judith B. O’Loughlin, M.Ed., is an education consultant, working with K–12 teachers, providing professional development short and, as well as TESOL graduate level endorsement course. She is a frequent presenter at TESOL, NABE, CABE, and CATESOL. Her publications include Academic Language Accelerator and chapters in edited books including The Common Core State Standards Series.