by Sarah Tierney
Teachers and leaders are spending more time than ever focused on improving student writing. But in order to develop strong writers, we need to have a clear picture of our students as readers, too.
Written responses to a text-based prompt offer a window into students’ writing skills as well as their reading comprehension. After all, if students are unable to understand what they read in a novel or article, it’s a safe bet that they’ll struggle to put their ideas into writing.
We’ve created an efficient and effective protocol to guide teachers’ analysis of student writing. By organizing student work along a progression of learning that includes both reading comprehension and writing skills, we can identify trends and devise targeted instructional strategies to give students the support they need to be successful.
Use these resources in a data meeting or as part of a planning meeting to analyze student work and create a plan to take action to support students’ reading and writing.
We’ve spent ten years learning from thousands of leaders and teachers across the country about the things that make a big difference for schools. Now, we want to give you the opportunity to do the same. This is the sixth in a series of tools, resources, and insights we are sharing from our work with school partners.
Sarah is a director of new partnerships and former coach at ANet. She’s leading the Lessons From the Field project.