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Common Assessment Criteria Components
Writing and Composition
[based on writing assessments in North Carolina]


FRAMEWORKS
 Before-During-After
 NCSS Skills
 Writing & Composition
 Alternatives
 Quiz

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 Essential Skills
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 1990 Skills

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Some teachers find it useful to focus on particular components of essay and composition development in order to improve students' performance on writing tasks. Good writers are concerned with, among other things:

  1. Main Ideas
  2. Organization
  3. Elaboration/Detail
  4. Coherence

Thanks to the participation and contributions of teachers from across the state of North Carolina, who participated in the 1998 Summer Institute in Reading hosted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, you can find a suggested framework for writing and composition. You can download and print a chart that looks at how specific strategies can assist students in sharpening their skills with basic components of composition and writing. There is space for you to add your own strategies to the list under each heading; the list that is provided is suggestive and certainly not exhaustive.

This framework not only considers which strategies might be useful in tackling the individual criteria components, but it also suggests that you consider the RAFT strategy as a comprehensive way to pull all those components together again. Well-written RAFT papers will include well-structured and organized main idea development, with convincing elaboration and supporting detail, and they will be tied together through coherent prose that suggests a unified piece.

MAIN IDEA ORGANIZATION
power thinking
summarizing
selective underlining
concept mapping
2-column notes
spool paper
mystery pot
story plans
flow/sequence map
ELABORATION/
DETAIL
COHERENCE
power thinking
selective underlining
concept mapping
2-column notes
sentence expansion
sticky notes
framed paragraphs
spool paper
mystery pot
think-pair-share
RAFT Paper
to bring it all together

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