Thursday, December 15, 2011

Writing Assessment

This week we gave our writing assessment. Each kindergarten class performs the same assessment in the same manner.

Our prompt is,  "Write about something you like to do in the snow".  Teachers do not confer with students during this assessment and we do not give a writing mini-lesson before the assessment.  This is an independent task. Students are permitted to use classroom resources like our word walls or the writing center.

I love how Mrs. Parker showed her students progression in this post, so I thought I would do the same.

The October sample was also an assessment (same hands-off rules applied). 

As a district, we will score our student's work together next week during a PD day.  However, I included what I anticipate their score to be.  Grab a copy of the scoring guide here.

NOTE:  These images are small, but if you click on them, you will get a bigger image and you will be able to read the kid's handwriting.

 I think these samples are pretty indicative of my class population.   I am not convinced our scoring guide is rigorous enough.  As a district, we are committed to not making any changes, but I would love to hear your opinion.

On another note, during writer's workshop we co-created this anchor chart.  
It was very helpful with our book writing.


  1. oh, it's so cool to see their progress in Kindergarten! I've really enjoyed seeing your writing samples this year, I find it so fascinating!

  2. I love it. I use the same type of Kid Writing assessment in my class but my school isn't all on the same track. I linked your post on my blog.


  3. I am love w/ the writing movement that you have going within your classroom that is streaming into my own classroom! I am in love with In pictures and In Words! What an inspiring book!

    I have 3 or 4 kiddos with there first "published" books! We were using words like first draft, re-reading text, illustrations, revision and final draft! They have been COMPLETELY.HANDS-DOWN.MOTIVATED! I have seen a complete transformation! Thank you for the first post that started all this energy in my classroom.

    Looks like you have the variety of learners that I have within my classroom! L.O.V.E. how I am now able to push and meet the needs of EACH student where they are....then moving them forward!

    Our district is just getting on board w/ the writing rubric (well rubrics in general) We are also working for a more standards based report card! I cant wait to take your scoring rubric into my classroom and see how it best fits -- cant wait to share back!

    As soon as I get some of our books posted on my "sad, neglected" blog, I will share back with you!!

    Thank you.

  4. Kristen... does it make you want to teach kindergarten? LOL!

    Thanks Diana!

    Sarah~Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I am so glad my journey is helping you. There are so many ways to teach writing and I feel like I am constantly making shifts and adjustments, but is helpful to lean on my peers (you guys).

    I hope the rubric works for you. Let me know when you have something to check out on your blog. I can't wait to see!!!!

  5. Hey Deedee, sometimes it does! Especially with the year I'm having, haha! The grass is always greener, right? ;)

  6. I love to see how different each of these samples are. It seems like you are "moving" kids in the right direction. Thank you for sharing them.

    Hope you are enjoying some free time soon! Happy holidays!

  7. Thanks Mrs. P! It really is about changes over time. They are all on the writing journey. They may not all arrive at the same time, but they are headed in the right direction. What more can we ask for?

    Happy holidays to you to my friend!


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