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Scoring Writing Work Samples - Workshop Materials

Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3

Design for Workshops

The workshops described below are designed to be delivered by school district personnel using ODE developed materials.

  • Level 1 - Overview of the Essential Skill of Writing: A 30 - 45 minute broad, general workshop for designed to be presented by a local facilitator to a wide variety of audiences including teachers, administrators, school board, parents and community groups.
  • Level 2 - Introductory Training – Using the Writing Scoring Guide: Two 2 - 2.5 hour workshops, one for English Language Arts teachers and one for content area teachers. Both are designed to be presented by a local facilitator to high school teachers.
  • Level 3  In-Depth Training – Using the Writing Scoring Guide for Essential Skills Work Samples: Six 3 - 4 hour workshops, three for English Language Arts teachers and three for Content area teachers. Both are designed to be presented by a local facilitator to high school teachers.

Note: There is no Level 4 training for Writing. Information on developing effective writing prompts is included in Level 2 training.

Level 1 Overview

Focus of Workshop:

  • Understand the requirement for proficiency in the Essential Skill of Writing to earn a diploma
  • Understand the 3 options to demonstrate proficiency (OAKS, approved standardized tests, and work samples)
  • Understand what a work sample looks like and experience applying the scoring guide to 2 student work samples

Required Materials:

Level 2 – Introduction for High School Teachers

Focus of Workshops:

  • Awareness of Oregon requirements for the Essential Skill of Writing and high school diploma
  • Understanding of Official Oregon Writing Scoring Guide
  • Practice applying Scoring Guide to sample student papers
  • Awareness of different types and uses of scoring guide

Required Materials:

Optional Materials for Facilitator:

  1. Principles of Adult Learning; Essential Principles of Adult Learners
  2. Writing Next Synopsis from the Center on Instruction
  3. Using Self-Regulated Strategy Development

Level 3 – In-Depth Practice for High School Teachers

Focus of Workshops

Review of requirements for Essential Skill of Writing

  • In-depth practice using Official Oregon Writing Scoring Guide
  • Practice applying Scoring Guide to sample student papers with emphasis on accuracy
  • Awareness of Common Core State Standards for Writing and how they align with Oregon’s scoring guide

Required Materials:

English Language Arts Teachers

Ideas/Content & Organization Module 
Sentence Fluency & Conventions Module
Voice & Word Choice Module 

Content Area Teachers

Ideas/Content & Organization Module 
Sentence Fluency & Conventions Module
Voice & Word Choice Module 

Optional Materials for Facilitator:

  1. Handout on Characteristics of Adult Learners
  2. Comparison Writing Terminology CCSS and Oregon
  3. Writing Audit from Center on Teaching and Learning
  4. District Writing Assessment Planning Chart
  5. PDF Informing Writing from Alliance for Excellent Education

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