Writing

Review Triggers Relevant for Writing Assessments

Posted on April 27, 2011
Review Triggers Relevant for Writing Assessments

Review Triggers Relevant for Writing Assessments

Posted on April 27, 2011

Review Triggers Relevant for Writing Assessments

Third grade teacher Austin Theobald from Loper Elementary School (Shelbyville, IN) was pleased after his class completed the writing portion of their standardized testing. He said he felt so good about their efforts. Even the kids were excited about how well they had done! Austin has seen his students intentionally use "purple" words in their writing responses to prompts all year. What a great feeling to watch your class confidently complete a writing prompt for the state test!

Austin says that using triggers (toys and props) during his mini-lessons for writing helps his students remember more. His kids talk about smooth take-offs and crash endings with the toy plane he keeps on a special writing chair of props. They understand how to "tie" up a piece with a "Christmas Bow" title and how to use different types of hooks to get their readers' attention. The triggers really make the lessons stick. He can't wait to see how his kids did on the standardized writing test; he's looking for 4's and up.

Thanks, Austin, for sharing about how mini-lesson triggers helped your students build confidence for prompt writing.

Austin Theobald's Author Chair of Props