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Third Grade Writing Connections


Writing rubrics below are provided for instructional use. Grade level appropriate writing prompts as well as lessons aligning writing within the current instructional materials to the Common Core State Standards developed by Savanna School District staff members will be added to this page as they become available. (Click here for Third Grade Language Arts Standards At-a-Glance) As a reminder, all information provided on this site is for the exclusive use of Savanna School District staff and may not be sold, published, or otherwise shared electronically or in hard copy. As appropriate, links to technological resources are provided with lessons.

Curricular Connections to Common Core Thinking Maps
Guiding Questions When Crafting Writing Prompts Writing Matrix

Third Grade Writing Rubrics

Opinion-Argument Rubric (CCSS Writing Standard #1)

Informational/Explanatory Rubic (CCSS Writing Standard #2)

Narrative Rubric (CCSS Writing Standard #3)

Well-crafted, ready-to-teach Explicit Direct Instruction lessons, developed by DataWorks, that focus on grade level specific Common Core State Standards, are provided below. These multi-media lessons are designed to engage all learners through whole-class instruction as teachers introduce new concepts and skills while modeling the kind of thinking Core Standards and assessments require. In keeping with Explicit Direct Instruction teaching strategies, these lessons provide clear learning objectives, emphasize teaching first, checking for understanding throughout lesson components, and guided practice that includes differentiation with optional scaffolding for all students in order to gain confidence and skill development.

Writing Lessons Aligned to Common Core State Standards

Text Type and Purpose

W.3a Write a narrative (view student pages here)

W.2a Introduce a topic and group related information (view student pages here)

W.2c Use linking words and phrases to group related information (view student pages here)

W.2b Develop topic with facts, definitions, and details (view student pages here)

W.2d Provide a concluding statement (view student pages here)

W.1 Write an opinion piece (view student pages here)

Production and Distribution of Writing

W.4 Write a paragraph (view student pages here)

W.5 Edit writing (view student pages here)

W.5 Revise writing (view student pages here)

W.6 Use technology to produce and publish writing (view student pages here)

Common Core Learning Objectives

A separate resource for teachers, Common Core Learning Objectives, identifies Core Standards converted into explicit, teachable Learning Objectives, is provided by clicking here to access the Third Grade ELA Common Core Learning Objectives and Essential Tools. This guide includes Core Standards vocabulary lists defining key words students need to know to be successful. Note: Additional, focused professional development opportunities are planned by the Savanna School District to assist teachers in the use of this tool.

Common Core Assessment Information

3rd Grade Teacher's Guide to Common Core Assessments - English Language Arts (by DataWorks)


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