South Livingston County Elementary
School Based Decision Making Council Policy
17.0 Writing Policy
South Livingston Elementary shall provide each student the opportunity to develop complex writing and communication skills for a variety of purposes throughout the year as aligned by the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS). Writing assignments will be for authentic learning opportunities and incorporate student choice.
Students in grades K-6 shall use writing for the following purposes: to learn, to demonstrate learning, and for publication. These could include, but are not limited to, journals, quick writes, KWL charts, graphic organizers, open responses, on-demands, memoirs, narratives, stories, poems, articles, editorials, letters, etc.
Each grade level shall complete the following pieces:
These writing pieces should be developed according to KCAS grade level standards.
Teachers shall provide descriptive feedback on students’ writings to improve learning. This could take the form of conferences, discussions, written comments, and/or rubrics.
Each grade level shall develop a portfolio of completed writing pieces. The portfolio shall be evidence of student growth in writing and communication skills over time and shall reflect student’s interests. The portfolio shall include one each of opinion/argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative communications per grade level. Only final pieces that have been revised and edited should be included in the portfolio. Each piece should be dated with grade level listed. Portfolios will be passed on to the next grade level, and at the end of 6th grade will move on to the middle school.
Teachers will have training on the Kentucky Writing Scoring Rubric each year. Teachers will review the Kentucky Marker Papers throughout the year in order to be familiar with the standard that students’ writings will be measured. On-going analysis of student work, to identify instructional implications, will occur at grade level meetings. Documentation of strengths and weaknesses will be recorded in grade level minutes once per quarter.
Students will be instructed on the criteria set forth in the Kentucky Writing Scoring Rubric and Kentucky Marker papers. Students will use these tools to take ownership of their learning and self-assess their work.
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