FCAT Writes Family Night Mary Giella Elementary School By PresenterMedia.com Time to Play Teacher! Read the two student papers provided and using the rubric give it a score. What is the FCAT 2.0 Writes? • • • The FCAT writing requires students to draft a written response to an assigned topic within a 60 minute time period. Students are given an expository or a narrative prompt to respond to. ALL students receive the same prompt. What is the FCAT 2.0 Writes? A Narrative Prompt ask students to tell a story. Example: Everyone likes getting good news. Think about a time you got good news. Now write a story about a time you got good news. An example of a narrative graphic organizer we encourage students to use to help organize their thoughts while planning. What is the FCAT 2.0 Writes? An Expository Prompt ask students to explain something Example: Sometimes animals help us. Think about how animals can help us. Now write to explain how animals help us. An example of an expository graphic organizer we encourage students to use to help organize their thoughts while planning. How is the FCAT 2.0 Writes scored? In writing, students can receive a score from 1 to 6, a 6 being the highest score. The State Board of Education did approve the score of 3.5 as the performance level standard. The quality of the response, rather than the appearance or length of the response is what matters. Let’s Look at the Rubric 6 Has focus, organization, higher end vocabulary used appropriately, plenty of support and conventions. Variety of sentence structure adds fluency and enhances understanding. 5 Writing is focused, has organization, precise vocabulary, plenty of support and proper use of conventions. Writer builds suspense in a well-crafted story. 4 Generally focused based on topic/prompt, has organization, transitions connect within and between paragraphs, higher end vocabulary used appropriately, plenty of support and mostly proper use of conventions. 3 Generally focused based on topic, organization attempted, lacking supporting details and elaboration. Some transitions move the action through time. Few minor errors in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. Demonstration of knowledge of conventions. 2 Slightly related to topic/prompt, incomplete organization, some details, unrelated information shifts the topic, word choice limited or immature, missing punctuation resulting on run-on sentences. 1 Minimally addresses topic/Lists multiple responses/prompt, has extraneous information, frequent errors in all areas of conventions Unscorable Did not write to the topic/prompt What can I do to help my child? Read, read, read ! The better the reader, the better the writer. Journaling Encourage mature vocabulary. Review your child’s writing at home and make sure they do their homework Have your child correct grammar, spelling and capitalization on all assignments. Get a good night sleep and eat a healthy breakfast on testing day. When is FCAT 2.0 Writes? Tuesday February 25, 2014 Questions?