• Writing in 5th Grade

    • In 5th grade, a student's writing grade is made up of work done in ALL 5th grade classes.
    • While PowerSchool assigns the writing gradebook to Mrs. Orr, all teachers share the gradebook equally.  The system doesn't have a way to name the gradebook for more than one teacher, so even though PowerSchool shows "Orr" as the writing teacher, keep in mind that all 4 teachers enter writing grades.
    • Many tasks in the classes will count for a content AND a writing grade.  
      • For example, in Social Studies, students might get a SS grade for understanding and explaining a history concept AND a separate writing grade for the grammar and writing style of the piece. 
    • Writing is done in class.  Similar to how students complete a math test in a math classroom to demonstrate independent understanding of a math concept, students in 5th grade must write final drafts independently.  A writing piece can be short, such as a paragraph that is completed in one setting, or multi-paragraph essay that is done over several days.  In all cases, we model, provide examples, clarify rubric expectations, and allow ample time to complete a written piece.  The expectations of the assignment and the length of time spent on the task are considered when we determine the point value of a written piece.
      • EX: a short paragraph might be valued as 20 points whereas a 5-paragraph essay might be valued 100
    • To determine where a grade came from, look at the name of the assignment. Each grade will begin with the last name of the teacher that assigned/graded the task.
      • EX: Anderson Moon Phases Write-Up, Orr DLR 4, Copenhaver Multiplication Explanation, Liguori Regions Spelling Test
    • If you have a question or a concern about a writing grade, please contact the teacher that assigned the task.