Third Grade OST Writing Scoring Camp
One of my most challenging roles as a third grade teacher is to find success for all of my students in writing. In our dual-language school, students arrive with various abilities in writing (and reading) the two languages. In addition, third grade is the first time students take the OST. The writing prompt is quite extensive, requiring a multi-paragraph response with a detailed rubric. So, I devised a step-by-step process to teach good OST writing. I cannot take full credit for this idea, since my friend and colleague Lesley Petrie came up with this creative idea. It is implemented in grades 3–5. I simply adapted it to suit the needs of third graders seeing an OST for the first time.