Writing

Resources for Improving K-12 Writing Instruction

Since it began in 2001, the Northwest Regional Professional Development Program has maintained a productive partnership with the Northern Nevada Writing Project.

Each year, the NWRPDP and the NNWP co-sponsor professional development opportunities that help Nevada educators incorporate better writing instruction in their classrooms.

We invite you to explore the resources we’ve created as a result of this partnership:

PD Focus: The Writing Traits and Preparing for the State Writing Examination
Practice Prompt resources for fifth graders preparing for the state writing test
WritingFix’s Resource Page for the Nevada Writing Examination a webpage full of ideas and resource links for the Nevada Writing examination
Practice Test Form designed to look like the form fifth graders actually write their final drafts on
Practice Prompt #1 we suggest assigning this practice prompt in September or October
Annotated Samples for Practice Prompt #1 provided so that teachers can assess their own student samples for prompt #1 with a fair degree of accuracy
Practice Prompt #2 we suggest assigning this practice prompt in October or November
Annotated Samples for Practice Prompt #2 provided so that teachers can assess their own student samples for prompt #2 with a fair degree of accuracy
Practice Prompt #3 we suggest assigning this practice prompt in November or December
Annotated Samples for Practice Prompt #3 provided so that teachers can assess their own student samples for prompt #1 with a fair degree of accuracy
Idea Development Analytic Rubric
Organization Analytic Rubric

Voice Analytic Rubric
Conventions Analytic Rubric

PD Focus: Writing Across the Curriculum

On-line Resources to Encourage Writing in all Curriculum Areas
WritingFix’s Writing Across the Curriculum Resource Page resources from the NNWP’s 2005 WAC Guide, which is used in the NWRPDP’s Writing Across the Curriculum Trainings
WritingFix’s Summarizing(instead of plagiarizing) Resource Page resources to help students report learned facts in their own words
HistoryFix WAC resources specifically for history and social studies classrooms
NumberFix WAC resources specifically for math classrooms
ScienceFix WAC resources specifically for science classrooms

PD Focus: Constructed Response

On-line Resources to Help Teachers Use Constructed Responses as a Classroom Tool
WritingFix’s Constructed Response Resource Page resources from our Constructed Response Summits, co-sponsored by the NWRPDP and NNWP between 2007 and 2009.
WritingFix’s Exit Tickets Resource Page resources from our trainings on Exit Tickets as a Formative Assessment Technique