8th Grade -- Printed & Online Teaching Manual + Grading by Design™

8th Grade -- Printed & Online Teaching Manual + Grading by Design™

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Designed for the 8th-grade teacher, this package includes the following:

  • Writing by Design® Printed Teaching Manual
  • Writing by Design® Online Teaching Manual (1 teacher license) for off-site planning and computer projection.  Optional annual renewal, $100.
  • Grading by Design online grading for unit writing assessments
  • Free password-protected access to supporting documents and teaching resources

 Teaching Manuals

Each manual provides step-by-step comprehensive lesson plans for instruction of genre-specific writing: (1) Personal Narrative, (2) Summary of Informative Text, (3) Informative: Classification, and (4) Argument.

 Lessons are supported by:

  • Rubrics
  • Model Papers
  • Introductory Six Traits lessons
  • Pictorials and lesson references to Six Traits and Genre Charts
  • Reproducible student handouts and worksheets
  • Common Core Standards alignment
  • “No Excuse Spelling” K-8 and grade-specific word lists
  • Revision and Editing tools and exercises
  • Supportive lesson resources
  • Differentiated teaching tips for ELL and students with special needs
  • Writing strategies
  • Engaging beginnings and conclusions
  • Figurative language definitions and examples
  • Advanced Parts of Speech/Word Choice examples
  • Academic language reference
  • Authentic Assessments
  • Lesson-specific recommended picture books
  • Spanish-translated resources

Grading by Design

Finally…Assessment software to alleviate tedious hours grading student writing! Powerful benefits:

  • Student reflection and analysis to promote a deeper understanding of concepts
  • Real-time student and teacher feedback
  • Individual and class reports
  • Aggregation of skill-based student responses (excellent teaching tool)
  • Automatic class profiles reflect levels of proficiency and areas for whole-class or small group re-teaching

Steps for Ease of Use:

  1. Teacher selects a unit assessment for email distribution to students
  2. Students compose written responses to assessment prompt
  3. Students upload their written response and conduct a self-analysis of their understanding of concepts by selecting the elements of their writing that match rubric components. Students submit matching elements by copy-pasting them into the scoring template.
  4. Teacher verifies the accuracy of student-selected samples of rubric components
  5. Grading by Design software automatically generates the following:
    • Teacher opportunities to comment on student work
    • Whole class aggregated samples of student rubric responses
    • Real-time individual student feedback
    • Class profiles/reports

Writing by Design® uses recommended picture books, which are listed here