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Writing guide helps teachers prepare students for STAAR test and more

2014 March 27
by HISD Communications

High school English teachers in HISD now have another tool at their disposal in their quest to produce good student writers—a writing guide developed by six of their peers and a Teacher Development Specialist in partnership with the district’s Curriculum Department.

The guide is the brainchild of Curriculum and Instruction Officer Nancy Gregory and Lamar High School Principal James McSwain, who both saw a need for this type of resource and decided to develop it with the assistance of teachers from his campus, Worthing High School, and Westside High School.

“The goal was to present a handbook that would teach effective writing strategies, regardless of the test,” said Gregory. “No other district that I know of has created one to help teachers prepare their kids for STAAR—and not just STAAR.”

The guide is intended to assist teachers in teaching students how to write using research-based best practices and teachers’ first-hand knowledge and experiences. It was released districtwide via eLearn in January.

Click here to download a copy of the writing guide (.pdf).

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