Composition in the Classroom

Created by Kentucky educators, the Composition in the Classroom document is designed to help Kentucky teachers and administrators gain a better understanding of the KAS for Reading and Writing’s Composition strand. This resource takes an in-depth look at each of the three modes of writing, the three types of writing, and authentic audiences, forms and purposes. Each section on the three modes of writing contains examples of potential instructional resources which could be used in elementary and secondary classrooms.

Introduction to KAS Conferencing Guides and Composition Rubrics 

Slide Deck, Grades 6-12
Composition Elements Definitions, Grades 6-12

Composition Rubrics

KAS Composition Rubrics provide grade level scoring elements and standards-based descriptive criteria which can be used throughout the instructional process. These composition rubrics may be used by teachers for formative or summative assessment and by students for self or peer revision. By providing grade-level markers of student progress, these rubrics can also be used throughout the year by teachers and students to monitor growth and progress on grade level composition standards.

*Note that grade level composition rubrics are in the development process, and they will continue to be added to this page throughout the summer and fall of 2020.

Kindergarten

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Grade 1

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Grade 2

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Grade 3

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Grade 4

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Grade 5

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Composition Conferencing Guides

KAS Conferencing Guides provide teachers and students with a tool that can be used to discuss student compositions throughout the writing process.  These guides may be used for self, peer or teacher feedback.  Although the guides do provide descriptors for each of the Composition Elements, students and teachers may choose to isolate one or two elements for more focused discussions throughout the formative assessment and revision process.