S.W.A.W.P.

School Wide Argumentative Writing Process

Rationale:

  • SWAWP is a school-wide effort to increase student literacy.

 

  • This initiative started during the school year 2015-16 by the Kailua High School Instructional Leadership Team (ILT).

 

  • ILT looked at data (ie HSA, SAT, ACT, gr 9/10 PTP/L Quarterly Writing Assessments scores) and decided to implement the SWAWP to align with CCSS, SBA and to prepare students for beyond high school.

 

  • SWAWP is meant to provide students with skills that will help them succeed in their classes, college & lives beyond high school.

 

  • ILT trained all teachers in a 2 day training (done in small breakout sessions) in July 2015

 

SWAWP Process:

       1.  Read and annotate the prompt

       2.  Read and annotate the text

       3.  Inquiry

       4.  Use the graphic organizer to make a claim and map out your reasoning

       5.  Write a response in paragraphs using the graphic organizer as a guide

       6.  Re read and edit the response

       7.  Fill out the process checklist

 

SWAWP Facts:

  • Teachers find texts related to their content area and a create a prompt for students to answer.

 

  • Students are taught how to annotate, fill in the graphic organizer, write a claim, counter-claim, significance statements, call to action, use transition phrases and how to use the checklist to assess themselves.

 

  • Each student does a SWAWP once per quarter this year.  

 

  • In SY 15-16, SWAWPs were graded using a checklist; however in SYs 16-17 and 17-18, SWAWPs are graded using the schoolwide rubric, which includes an Inquiry section.

 

  • SWAWPs are kept in students’ PTP/L binders so we can track growth over their 4 years at KHS.

 

  • ILT members ensure everyone is doing it through a monitoring system that provides immediate feedback to the teachers.

 

Testimonials: Data on student SWAWP scores is still being analyzed for it's first year but comments from students include:                          

“The more we did it (SWAWP), the better I got”

“It was very helpful and useful for other classes”

“SWAWPS are cool but talking in third person is hard”

“It was okay, it helped on the essays I had to do for my classes”

 

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