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

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Objective

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

Big Idea

Writing in math class? YES!

HOW and WHY this prompt was created

2 minutes

Writing Prompt

45 minutes

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.

What if a Student Doesn't Reach Any Conclusions and Becomes Frustrated?

5 minutes

Grading the Prompts

1 minutes

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.