Since many of you have been following my posts and strategies on Facebook and other social media, I have received hundreds of requests to make this graphic organizer available as a stand alone product, not just available at teacher trainings. Your wishes have finally been granted! Here it is!
The exciting thing about the black and white digital version of the graphic organizer is that is designed so that if your students use it regulary they can use it on the actual test, with some modifications. I asked TEA if they would approve it for me, but they wrote through email that they no longer decide which graphic organizers can be used; it is now solely a district by district decision made by the testing coordinators. All of it can be used up to the test. Each district coordinator has to use his or her discretion on such things such as color or symbols can remain on test day based on the idea that it cannot provide a direct answer to a a test question.
The editing section is the hand that addresses editing of passages and essays using CUPSS and the super heroes Iron Man and AquaMan for capitalization, usage, punctuation, spelling, run-ons, fragments and penmanship.
These skills alone are worth at least 20 points in 7th, and 17 in 9th/10th when you combine the value of editing, penmanship, and the conventions portion of the essay.
The essays are graded holistically in the areas of development, organization and conventions That makes the conventions be about one-third of the score of the essay.
The expository/revising section is a train that allows you to write the purpose and prompt, as well as how the introduction, body and conclusion will be organized.
The lines underneath give your students to place an outline and/or rough draft under each section. The engine is for the introduction, the blue and green trains are for reason and/or example one and/or two, and the caboose is for the ending.
I don't recommend three reasons or more anymore since it doesn't allow your students to develop them very well in 26 lines.
The last and probably most valuable section is for revising content of a passage. It has an ARM and a hand. The ARM has a green bracelet for Add, a red bracelet for Remove/Replace, and a yellow bracelet to Move. Adding, Removing/Replacing words, phrases, and/or transitions are what I call details using a candy called Dum-Dums. When your students are using ARM for sentences, I use the candy called Smarties to discuss that. It is when your students need to add, remove, replace, or move, or combine whole sentences that there is usually a problem, especially the last two years of STAAR since ETS has been in charge of the test. (The state writing scores have gone down for three years in a row now.) The hand and fingers represent the "hashtag" or key words of each sentence or main ideas of each paragraph. The fingernails allow your students to write in sentence or paraphraph numbers. The eyeball in the center is the focus of the essay, the central/controlling idea statement, thesis/position statement or summary of the content, the whole passage, not just one paragraph as some students wrongly assume.
The red shoes remind your kids to TIE everything together by the time the ending/conclusion is written: T Topic/Title/Truism I Idea E Example(s) Explain Explode, End, and ER (Editing & Revising)
It is very important that you follow me on Facebook and/or You Tube to watch videos that I model using all sections of the graphic organizer to make it the most effective.
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