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In Common: Effective Writing for All Students
What this is: Hundreds of samples of Common Core-aligned student work from K-12 classrooms around the country.
Why it matters: The shifts require that teachers gain fluency in identifying Common Core-aligned writing techniques at every grade level.
In Common provides a range of examples of Common Core-aligned student work, drawn directly from K-12 classrooms across the country. These student writing samples demonstrate how a student’s writing skills can progress as they gain fluency across the three major types of Common Core writing: argument/opinion writing, informative/explanatory writing, and narrative writing.
One of the most common questions out there right now is “What does good student work aligned to the Common Core look like?” Teachers, coaches and school leaders alike will benefit from viewing these exemplars and sharing them within their schools and districts.
Getting Started with In Common
Read these documents first to understand what In Common is and how best to use it.
Common Core Writing Types
Annotated Common Core student writing samples from all three types of Common Core writing types: Informative/Explanatory, Narrative and Argument/Opinion.
This Common Core instructional resource focuses on CCSS.W.1: "Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence."
This Common Core instructional resource focuses on CCSS.W.2: "Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content."
This Common Core instructional resource focuses on CCSS.W.3: "Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences."
Professional Development for In Common
4 PD activities you can use with In Common to help build understanding of CCSS grade-level expectations for writing.
30 min - 1 hr PD activity focused on understanding the terminology of CCSS writing standards
30 min - 2 hr PD activity focused on understanding the three CCSS writing types: Opinion/Argument, Informative/Explanatory, and Narrative writing
30 min - 1 hr PD activity focused on annotating student writing samples with the language of the CCSS
20 min - 1 hr PD activity focused on how reading and writing can be used to build knowledge