Monday, December 23, 2013

Common Core Kindergarten: Write Several Sentences

Common Core Kindergarten: Write Several Sentences

New standards bring big changes for Mississippi students

By  Dec 22, 2013

This is insanity. First grade is for teaching writing. When do kindergarteners learn how to write several sentences??

This short of raised expectations is just crazy. Why not just give them algebra??? This is like my kid's kindergarten homework when they were supposed to READ colors y-e-l-l-o-w. When were kindergarteners supposed to enter already knowing how to read? 

McNeese, who has taught elementary school for 19 years, says the standards have raised expectations for her students. In the past, for instance, kindergarteners were expected to draw a picture and write a single sentence explaining the picture. Under Common Core, they are expected to write several sentences about a specific topic and draw a picture that reflects what they wrote. Instead of spending between 15 and 30 minutes on writing each day, McNeese’s students now write for more than an hour throughout the day. In math, her students will be expected to count to 100 by the end of this year instead of 20 (the requirement under the old standards).

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  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.1 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (e.g., My favorite book is...).
The following writing standards represent what states* typically specify as kindergarten benchmarks in writing proficiency:
Kindergarten: The Writing Process
In kindergarten, students are introduced to the writing process through shared writing activities, in which the teacher writes a story and students contribute to it orally. The writing process is also taught through interactive writing activities, in which students and the teacher compose text together. In kindergarten, students are taught to use each phase of the writing process as follows:
  • Prewriting: Students generate ideas for writing through class discussion and by drawing pictures about their ideas for self-selected and assigned topics.
  • Drafting: Students participate in drafting writing by drawing, telling, or writing about a familiar experience, topic or story, and by creating a group draft, scripted by the teacher.
  • Revising: Students participate in revising the draft for clarity and effectiveness, by adding additional details to the draft and checking for logical thinking with prompting from the teacher.
  • Editing: Students participate in correcting the draft for standard language conventions according to their level of development.
  • Publishing: Students participate in producing, illustrating, and sharing a finished piece of writing.

Use of technology: Kindergarten students may use available technology to compose text.
Kindergarten: Writing Purposes
Kindergartners are introduced to different types of writing in a variety of ways. Teachers read aloud from children’s literature and discuss each author’s purpose with the class. Students also learn the different reasons for writing through simple writing activities. Lessons usually center on a shared writing activity, with the teacher acting as a scribe. As students learn, they progress from drawing pictures and writing individual letters to writing short sentences that tell a story or describe their experiences. Specifically, writing standards stipulate that kindergarten students will:
  • Participate in writing simple stories, poems, rhymes, or song lyrics.
  • Dictate messages for others to write, such as a thank-you note.
  • Write labels, notes, and captions for illustrations, possessions, and charts for classroom activities, such as a science project.
  • Write to record ideas and reflections, such as keeping a personal journal.
  • Create narratives by drawing and/or using emergent writing.
  • Draw simple map of the classroom.
Use letters and phonetically spelled words to write about experiences, stories, people, objects, or events.
—Write words and brief sentences that are legible.
—Write his/her own first and last name and other important words.
—Use end punctuation, including periods, question marks, and exclamation points.
—Capitalize letters to begin “important words.”
—Spell simple words independently by using pre-phonetic knowledge, sounds of the alphabet, and knowledge of letter names.
—Write consonant-vowel-consonant words (“cat”).
—Print uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet and recognize the difference between the two.


All of these writing samples are from kindergarten students, some from half day classes, some from full day programs.

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