STAAR® End-of-Course (High School)

The goal of the High School STAAR® training is to provide teachers with strategies, models, and graphic organizers to present to their students with the results being improved writing and reading skills and scores.

The day begins with a training of the Jane Schaffer Writing Program®’s (JSWP) methodology, including correct and official instructional delivery and student application of terminology, color-coding, chunking, and ratios.

With the foundation intact, ELA teachers learn how to train students to approach the multiplechoice passages of the EOC through our color-coding of literary and nonfiction passages. An added bonus is the JSWP’s Shaping Sheet, a popular graphic organizer that assists students in learning how to effectively edit, revise, and proof in their own writing and in the editing and revising questions on the EOC.

Then, we move to the Expository and Persuasive essays. Teachers receive step-by-step instructions on our proven approach to teaching the brainstorming, planning, thinking, and writing process that results in high scores on the 26-line Expository and Persuasive essays.

Teachers leave the training with confidence, strategies, an instructional manual, a set of pens for color-coding, and a clean set of graphic organizers. The graphic organizers are unbound and, therefore, ready to copy and distribute to students the next day in class.

TEKS, including but not limited to
• 14 (B), (C), (D);
• 17(A)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)
• 19 (A), (B), (C)
• 20 (A), (B)
• 21 (A)

STAAR® End-of-Course Exam (High School)

The guide begins with a brief introduction of the Jane Schaffer Writing Program®’s (JSWP) methodology, including correct and official instructional delivery and student application of terminology, color-coding, chunking, and ratios.

With the foundation intact, ELA teachers may train students to approach annotating the STAAR®’s multiple-choice passages with the same color-coding that we apply in the writing. Knowing how to infer tone and meaning depends on close reading strategies. In our two-day workshop, we provide teachers with strategies and practice on the annotation of texts.

JSWP’s Shaping Sheet is a popular graphic organizer that assists students in learning how to effectively edit, revise, and proof in their own writing. Once students learn how to edit, revise, and proof their own writing, that knowledge transfers as they confront the editing and revising questions on the EOC.

Then, on to the Expository and Persuasive essays. We begin with “You Know More Than You Think You Do,” a weekly or bimonthly activity that prepares students to write on various historical, cultural, literary, political, personal, scientific, and sports-related topics to answer any prompt (HELPPSS). The guide provides models and instructions on our proven approach to teaching the brainstorming, planning, thinking, and writing process that results in high scores on the 26-line Expository and Persuasive essays.

Guide: 72 pages

Graphic Organizers: 20 pages

“Thanks, Jane Schaffer Writing Program®, for helping Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas reach our 97% success story!” – Lucinda Zamora Wiley, Department Chair

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