TAG TEAM Writing Method

choose Target Areas for Growth based
on the District Wide Argumentative Writing Rubric. Setting specific
writing goals is an evidence-based strategy for improving writing.

I think the writing rubrics we give to kids over over bloated and useless. Seven criterion with 4 scales of quality do nothing for a kid. They may give us some summative data but they are useless for formative assessments that improve instruction.

So under TAG one student who struggles with organization may just choose to focus on the criterion on your rubric around organization and develop a TAG such as “use details to support a clear main idea.” Now through the revision process that student puts all their focus into that TAG.

Then when it is time to assess progress you can have the student highlight the areas in between drafts that address the TAG. This makes your assessment time more efficient and effective.

TEAM This
program recognizes that the best writing instruction requires a
collaborative environment for students to develop the skills and habits
of good writing. Therefore it utilizes research based best practices
involving feedback, modeling, and collaborative writing.

Together-
The TAG TEAM approach recognizes that a writing classroom requires a
classroom of writers. Collaborative pedagogical practices must be the
center of any curriculum.

At
the student level it requires the teacher and the writer to conference,
either f2f or virtually, to identify and asses Target Areas for Growth.


At
the group level students will meet to work with each other on editing
and revising and to assess their peers on their Target Areas for Growth.


At
the classroom level collaborative writing assignments will be used
throughout any unit of instruction and embed writing as a tool for
inquiry.

Evidence- The
TAG TEAM approach recognizes that evidence must  inform practice.
Students and teachers will draw from evidenced-based writing strategies
for planning, revising and editing compositions across disciplines.
Student growth is not simply assessed in the products of writing.
Instead the TAG TEAM approach also looks for growth in the feedback
students leave for peers, reflections students provide on their own
writing, and comments made during conferencing. 
Authentic
The TAG TEAM approach recognizes that writing instruction must offer
opportunities for students to write their way into a discipline.
Therefore the learning activities must be driven not only by skills of
writing but also the unique content demands of different subject areas;
and the digital literary lives students lead. Students will use the TAG
TEAM approach to follow disciplinary specific writing processes. 
Models
The TAG TEAM approach recognizes that models are a scientifically
research based method for improving writing. Therefore students will be
afforded the opportunity to analyze models of varying quality and to
evaluate annotated comments left by other students and teachers.