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Digital PD: The 4th Grade STAAR™ Essay

December 15, 2017 - March 15, 2018

OPEN enrollment.
DIGITAL (online) PD.
Available any time through March 30, 2018.
Access 24/7 at Alice Nine Professional Development Center.
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Course Outline

Module 1. Decipher the Rubrics
We will analyze the three writing traits and the student performance descriptors in the STAAR™ writing rubrics.
We will demystify the language of the rubrics in order to simplify and clarify how student writing will be assessed.
Module 2. Deconstruct the Prompt
We will closely examine each component of the expository prompt scaffold for the STAAR™ writing test in grade 4.
We will identify how students should use each component to support writing the essay for STAAR™.
Module 3. Compare and contrast the personal narrative and expository
We will create a chart (with Mr Marshmallow) that lists common essay elements and notes differences as we created a detailed, side-by-side illustrated comparison for the personal narrative and expository essays.
Module 4.  Develop the Essay
Examine the structure and form of the expository essay and construct a graphic that represents each component.
Develop a model essay by
1) Using the prompt to create a thesis statement (the clear central idea)
2) Using Alice Nine’s X-Builder to draft the body
3) Recasting thesis statement to create conclusion with the clear central idea
Released prompts and Scoring Guides — links to resources from TEA
STAAR™-like prompts by Alice Nine
Materials.  Notes and Handouts linked in this course
General information.  24/7 access to the course. Course closes on March 30, 2018
Assignments/Progress Reports conclude each Module. These become available once you have viewed videos and opened documents in the module. They must be completed to have access to the Certificate of Completion.
Certificate.  Check marks in tick boxes (right side of course screens) are a record of your work completion. Upon completion of all course work, a Certificate of Completion (6 clock hours) will be accessible. You must print and then add your name and date to the document. Keep in your professional files. N.I.N.E. Enterprises does not keep a file of these certificates.

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December 15
March 15, 2018
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