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October 11, 2017

RISE Professional Learning, Quarter 2: Supporting Argumentative Writing

Educators at RISE Academy for Adult Achievement gathered this week to explore how they might better support high-quality student writing. Participants began by engaging with materials from the Vermont Writing Collaborative's resources for In Common. Using the CCR Standards and samples of student writing, teachers defined high-quality writing for all students.  Participants then engaged with reading & writing tasks that support high-quality writing. Using the article, How Social Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms", educators used the RISE Annotation Guide to explore the content and evidence in the text. Next, folks worked in groups to design evidence ranking and scaffolded paragraph tasks based on the article. Finally, participants explored their curriculum maps and added evidence-based writing tasks to better support all students. Materials for these sessions (including the deck, strategy handouts, students samples, and article) can  be found in this folder.