## Writing Prompt: Remaking a Course.MOV - Section 1: HOW and WHY this prompt was created

*Writing Prompt: Remaking a Course.MOV*

# Writing Prompt #3: MP7 & MP8 The Heart of a Mathematician

Lesson 3 of 4

## Objective: SWBAT reflect on the math practice standards and establish which are most important to their success.

*53 minutes*

#### Writing Prompt

*45 min*

Circulate the writing prompts for this lesson. The students have approximately 40 minutes to organize their ideas and work on the response.

**NOTE**: This prompt would fit well, and I use it, right after a sequences and series unit.

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#### Grading the Prompts

*1 min*

I grade the writing prompts according to our district-created rubric. Each class is required to give a writing prompt each nine weeks. After scoring the prompts, we enter them into a school-wide database that allows us to track and target individual writing performance over a student's four year career. My students write in math class for more than just the four distict writing prompts, but these targeted approaches are a great way to monitor and celebrate growth.

I grade the writing prompts according to our district-created rubric. Each class is required to give a writing prompt each nine weeks. After scoring the prompts, we enter them into a school-wide database that allows us to track and target individual writing performance over a student's four year career. My students write in math class for more than just the four district writing prompts, but these targeted approaches are a great way to monitor and celebrate growth.

Prior to the Common Core, and a resulting shift in my thoughts about mathematics education, I did not count the writing activities as a formal grade in my course. However, given the importance of the math practice standards and a realization that PARCC and Smarter Balance both hint at elements of writing, I have revised my course grading so that 10% of the students overall grade is written (and/or oral) communication. Keep in mind that this 10% is made up of much more than just the four district writing prompts.

If you haven't checked it out already, I encourage you to visit **Robert Kaplinsky's blog**. Many of the SWBAT sentence-starters connect directly to math literacy and the Math Practice Standards. Not unlike the **previous writing prompt in this unit**, I was able to elaborate on an existing idea thanks to this blog. It definately helped me connect what I wanted to accomplish to already existing Common Core Standards.

#### Resources

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- UNIT 1: Culture Building Unit - Welcome to the New Year!
- UNIT 2: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
- UNIT 3: Sequences and Series
- UNIT 4: Statistics: Something for Everyone
- UNIT 5: Review Lessons
- UNIT 6: Writing Prompts in Mathematics
- UNIT 7: Trig Tidbits
- UNIT 8: Functions, Problem Solving, and 21st Century Skills
- UNIT 9: Polynomials and Problem Solving
- UNIT 10: Probability
- UNIT 11: Imagine This! Imaginary and Complex Numbers
- UNIT 12: Let's Explore Radicals!