Podcast On Your Plan episode 5 with Cindy Riedl

Cindy Riedl is an advocate for authentic writing instruction and objective assessments.

IMG_20150622_105117893_HDROn this episode, Cindy was gracious enough to share her successful formula for authentic writing instruction and objective assessment. She teaches 5th grade students, but her system is practical and beneficial for all middle and high school students. As an added bonus, Cindy shares some great ideas for keeping parents involved by creatively using DropBox and more!

“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”

If you want to learn more from Cindy, contact her at Aweighwithwords@yahoo.com.



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PDOYP Live: The Write Ingredients

On January 5th, 2015 a live videoconference was conducted to discuss strategies and answer frequently asked questions about the state writing assessment. Due to unforeseen equipment failure, the 8th grade presentation was not recorded. In an effort to provide access to the information presented, the presenters are re-recording the presentation.

However, the 5th grade presentation was recorded and is available for viewing. Accompanying handouts are also available at the bottom of the page.


65 kB5th and 8th grade Writing Rubric one pager 163 kB2015 Writing Assessment onepager 2 MBWrite Ingredients handout for Grades 6-8 113 kBExpository Monster 300 kBRecipes for Evidence 2 MBArgument Recipe




Respond to the following reflection questions in the comment boxes below:

  1. Describe a recipe for reading you already use with great success.
  2. Describe a recipe for writing you already use with great success.
  3. Describe how you will utilize a strategy or resource shared during this module.

Moving Beyond Texts lessons

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In this time of transition, we have created lessons for teachers grades 5-12 that focus on moving beyond texts to foster interactive student learning. These lessons are adaptable for all teachers to use in their classrooms. We have based the lessons on NMSI’s (National Math and Science Institute) lessons “Moving Beyond Text”. This program focuses on integrating visual, literary, informational, and electronic sources in lessons for the ELA classroom. We have produced these sample lessons in hopes that ELA teachers around the state will use these models and develop even better ideas to share with others here on the ELAOKTeachers site.

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