Standard 8: Independent Reading and Writing Short

Independent Reading and Writing

Students will read and write for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, academic and personal, for extended periods of time.


Students will read independently for a variety of purposes and for extended periods of time. Students will select appropriate texts for specific purposes.


Students will write independently for extended periods of time. Students will vary their modes of expression to suit audience and task.


Jason’s Blog –

Kelly Gallagher – one of Jason’s recommended resources for strategies on fostering independent literacy practices in students.

Penny Kittle – another recommended resource for strategies on fostering independent literacy practices in students.

Donalyn Miller – one more recommended resource for strategies on encouraging independent literacy practices in students.

Standards-aligned At-A-Glance Template

The following document was developed by Ginger Howe of Moore PS. It is intended to provide guidance for aligning current materials and supporting teachers to develop new units aligned to all eight standards of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts. Please download the template and samples below.


197 kBHowe-Meiller Unit at a Glance Template 926 kBGrade 3, Unit 3, Week 2 Sample 926 kBGrade 6, Unit 3

PDOYP: The Grading Game – Rubrics

Grading Game logoRubrics should:

  • provide consistency when evaluating student work,
  • focus on attainment and refinement of skills, and
  • be designed for repeated use on several tasks.

Rubrics can be a great tool for teachers, students, and parents to track growth and develop and revise learning experiences. For our purposes, we’ll discuss rubrics with the intention of making them accessible to our students. As a foundation, this means rubrics consist of two parts: (1) the criteria and (2) the levels of proficiency.

  1. Criteria – the individual skill to be observed
  2. Level of Proficiency – the range of competency demonstrated

Rubrics are less effective without examples to associate to the criteria’s levels of proficiency (Wiliam, 2015). Students benefit after: (1) reviewing writing samples, (2) recognizing rubric criteria present in the samples, (3) associating a level of proficiency to each, and (4) elaborating on their reasoning for the association.

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Podcast On Your Plan ep24 with Dr. Shelbie Witte – #NCTE15 recap, day 6

IMG_20151123_201720457 (1)This is the final episode in our #NCTE15 recap series! The grand finale!

In this episode, I’m joined by Dr. Shelbie Witte, OSU professor and Writing Project director. We’re so fortunate to have her back in Oklahoma!

We discuss our #NCTE15 highlights and the after-party conferences, #CEL15 and #ALAN15. This is a great episode for anyone interested in educational leadership. I really appreciate Dr. Witte’s perspective and how she is empowering the future teachers of our state. We also discuss opportunities to get involved with the NCTE’s Voices from the Middle publication.

Enjoy, follow Dr. Witte on Twitter (Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 11.53.48 AM@shelbiewitte), and be sure to check out the previous episodes!

P.S. Check out the Voices from the Middle publication!

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Podcast On Your Plan episode 16 with Ayn Grubb

IMG_20150629_100537970Ayn Grubb is a dedicated Tulsa Public Schools Curriculum Coordinator and well-known AP Trainer. She is also a member of the ELA State Standards Writing Team! Her expertise and vast experience is a valuable asset to #Oklaed and our Standards Writing Team. I hope you enjoy this conversation we had about education and teaching literacy. It is peppered with various strategies and formatives for the classroom.

Also, find out Ayn’s answer to the one education thing that needs to be disrupted and who should be the next guest on the podcast!

My favorite takeaway for this episode: Ayn’s four steps to teaching authentic cross-curricular literacy. Check it out! There’s even some pictures at the bottom of the page! Just scroll down. Go ahead.

Follow-up with Ayn on Twitter at Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 11.53.48 AM@ayngrubb!

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