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Unit 3: Learning From Students’ Work and Teachers’ Lessons

3.4 Summing Up

Before you progress to the post-assessment of this Professional Learning Module, read the following quote from CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy (page 49) and take note of just how many of the ideas you have addressed in the module, as well as how many of the ideas are a part of the complete lessons the teachers have developed.

For students, writing is a key means of asserting and defending claims, showing what they know about a subject, and conveying what they have experienced, imagined, thought, and felt. To be college- and career-ready writers, students must take task, purpose, and audience into careful consideration, choosing words, information, structures, and formats deliberately. They need to know how to combine elements of different kinds of writing-for example, to use narrative strategies within argument and explanation within narrative-to produce complex and nuanced writing. They need to be able to use technology strategically when creating, refining, and collaborating on writing. They have to become adept at gathering information, evaluating sources, and citing material accurately, reporting findings from their research and analysis of sources in a clear and cogent manner. They must have the flexibility, concentration, and fluency to produce high-quality first-draft text under a tight deadline as well as the capacity to revisit and make improvements to a piece of writing over multiple drafts when circumstances encourage or require it."