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.

Lori Kurek has been an elementary school teacher for 40 years, 37 of which have been as an English Language Arts and social studies at Buhrer Dual Language Academy.  She is a 1979 graduate of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s West Tech High School. Lori believes her keys to success are creating a positive classroom environment in which all scholars feel safe, accepted, loved, and successful; and creating lessons that are differentiated, challenging, and fun. She has been a part of Disney Musicals in Schools program for six years, encouraging students to experience the joy of the arts. Lori holds both a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Cleveland State University. In addition, she has also earned a reading comprehension certification. Lori’s hobbies include exercising, reading, spending time with her two adult sons, and anything in the sun. She plans on educating scholars as long as her mind and body allow.