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Artifact 4.B.

The Anchorage School District began using the online software MyAccess several years ago, testing it with groups of freshmen to better understand how to use it to help students become better writers. I was not involved with it until this last year when I attended several trainings and began implementing it as a supplemental writing feedback tool with my two sections of ninth grade English. I found that the software can collect data on the different strengths and weaknesses in writing my students exhibit; it gives them specific feedback for each essay but I can tailor my lesson plans to address common areas of concern, meeting standard 4.B. This screenshot shows the six traits of writing assessed on a six point scale for an in-class timed prompt (eighty minutes) on the traits of an epic hero as applied to Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. I can tell from this overall assessment of their work that organization and focus suffered, likely because of the time constraints, but that students were able to focus and communicate their ideas fairly effectively for ninth graders, writing with relative sophistication and clarity.

 

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