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Writing with a Purpose: Understanding ELA Common Core Writing Standard 4


Writing with a Purpose: Understanding ELA Common Core Writing Standard 4

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Writing with a Purpose: A stand-alone instructional resource (StAIR) to help students to increase their understanding of English-Language Arts Common Core writing standard 4 (grades 9-12).
Material Type: Presentation
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: April 17, 2013
Date Modified in MERLOT: June 06, 2014
Submitter: Marcy Hyde
Keywords: Common Core, Writing


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  • User Rating: 4 user rating
  • Discussion (8 Comments)
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Primary Audience: High School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
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Language: English
Cost Involved: no
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Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States


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Avatar for Jason Murray
1 year ago

Jason Murray (Teacher (K-12))

This presentation is full o good content, but does not seem to work correctly.  It can be advanced manually, but the answer slides at the end do not seem to work when they are supposed to.  This presentation is based on  the Common Core which is great!  I enjoy finding material as it emerges to help reinforce common core standards in the classroom.

Technical Remarks:

This does not flow correctly.  Created as a "kiosk", but does not operate as one.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 min

Avatar for Meltem Akbulut Yıldırmış
1 year ago

Meltem Akbulut Yıldırmış (Faculty)

This lesson is designed to increase students’ awareness of Common Core Standard Writing (WRI) 4 (grades 9-12). I really like how the resource breaks down the standard from the beginning; thus, the content of this resource is easy to follow and the objectives of it are clear. I also like the checkpoints that the author provides after each section of the resource. This is another feature of the lesson that also helps students easily comprehend the information in the resource. However, I would like to see more visuals and/or videos presenting the content more interactively. 

Technical Remarks:

Tutorial is in GoogleDrive.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for Jason Novak
1 year ago

Jason Novak (Teacher (K-12))

I really liked the presentation.  What keeps it interesting is the visual layout.  For example, Not all slides are set up the same.  What was really nice is where you combine several quesions on a slide.  Visually it ties it together to show the student that these questions are related to one another (example-slide 28- task and purpose).  

Technical Remarks:

The slide show flows along very nicely.  Is this straight from Google Drive to the blog, or did you go to a host site, like  Just curious. 

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for Kollette Bordeaux
1 year ago

Kollette Bordeaux (Student)

This resource is intended for high school students to teach them  how to write with purpose and for an intended audience. She lists and gives examples of many different types of purpose for writing, such as, to inform, to entertain, to socialize or to explain.  The author breaks down each component; task, purpose, audience, development, organization and style.  I loved her use of real world examples that students can relate to and apply to their own writing.  The author includes checkpoints throughout the tutorial so students can check their understanding and follow along with the content.  The students are also asked questions to get them thinking such as "Why are you writing? What are you writing? Who are you writing for".  This tutorial was very well organized and informative.


Technical Remarks:

Tutorial is in GoogleDrive.  Many links are contained throughout the tutorial and returning to the slides can be done with ease.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for Susan Kwiatkowski
1 year ago

Susan Kwiatkowski (Student)

The material is outstanding expecially for the grade levels intended. However, I found the video to be very text heavy, and the transitions quite fast. It took 3:30 to go through 70 slides. I had to review it several times to read it all. 

Technical Remarks:

Google doc, Video

Time spent reviewing site: 30 Minutes

Avatar for Sara Galbreath
1 year ago

Sara Galbreath (Teacher (K-12))

I appreciate that the standard for this resource is clearly listed in student-friendly terms right from the beginning. The author includes checks for understanding throughout the tutorial to make sure students are following along with the content. The author breaks down each component; task, purpose, audience, development, organization, and style. Most importantly, I appreciate the real-world examples at the end. This makes the learning meaningful for students. In addition, the examples are thoroughly explained so students can understand how the examples can be applied to their own writing.

Technical Remarks:

Tutorial is in GoogleDrive.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for Andrea Colville
1 year ago

Andrea Colville (Student)

I LOVED the breakdown of the objective at the beginning. Many schools require the objective to be posted and in student-friendly language. It is good for the students to be able to see and understand the breakdown of what they are expected. There are mini-assessments throughout that allow the student to understand if they are on the right track.

This is extremely text heavy. It is a big topic so it might be nice if there was a way for the students tobreak up some of the text by listening to an audio or video to go along with the content.


Time spent reviewing site: 15 Minutes

Avatar for Edith Erickson
1 year ago

Edith Erickson (Teacher (K-12))

This StAIR is intended for high school use. It starts with a breakdown of the standard that the students are learning, which would be helpful for students in that they will learn the content better if they have a deeper understanding of what is expected. The presentation continues by explaning different aspects of the purpose an author can use for writing. After each section, the author includes a "Checkpoint" question, allowing for student interaction. While there is interaction and a few graphics, the tool is very text heavy and may be difficult for reluctant readers to stick with. 

Technical Remarks:

Students must be using a computer that can run a Google Drive Presentation.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes