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State School Board District 1 Schools of Distinction

Montana Street Magnet School

Becoming a Writing Community

School of Distinction AwardDothan City Schools

Principal, Ms. Sue Clark

Superintendent, Dr. Phyllis Edwards

Montana Street Magnet School recognized writing as an area of weakness and through the help of Being A Writer, expanded the focus of solely aligning instruction to meet standards to growing motivated and inspired writers. Teachers kept their own writer’s notebook alongside students while using quality writing samples and the work of professional authors to get students talking and writing. As the writing community developed, teachers analyzed writing, listening, and speaking standards. Kindergarten students formed opinions and shared them through writing and speaking. By fifth grade, students used advanced skills to form opinions, engage in respectful hearty debates, and write essays recognizing both sides of the opinions. All students explored sensory details, temporal words and phrases, and learned to think like authors as they explored and wrote personal narratives. With the addition of expository units across all grade levels, the youngest students explored informational text, discovered questions, and began writing facts. Third graders wrote books about animals that included information boxes since they understood these to be important for readers. Fourth graders discovered and researched places; while fifth graders researched and published digital books about rain forest animals. Final products were proudly displayed and brought excitement for the entire writing community.

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State School Board District 2 Schools of Distinction

Montana Street Magnet School

by Leslie Dennis | Jun 04, 2019

Becoming a Writing Community

School of Distinction AwardDothan City Schools

Principal, Ms. Sue Clark

Superintendent, Dr. Phyllis Edwards

Montana Street Magnet School recognized writing as an area of weakness and through the help of Being A Writer, expanded the focus of solely aligning instruction to meet standards to growing motivated and inspired writers. Teachers kept their own writer’s notebook alongside students while using quality writing samples and the work of professional authors to get students talking and writing. As the writing community developed, teachers analyzed writing, listening, and speaking standards. Kindergarten students formed opinions and shared them through writing and speaking. By fifth grade, students used advanced skills to form opinions, engage in respectful hearty debates, and write essays recognizing both sides of the opinions. All students explored sensory details, temporal words and phrases, and learned to think like authors as they explored and wrote personal narratives. With the addition of expository units across all grade levels, the youngest students explored informational text, discovered questions, and began writing facts. Third graders wrote books about animals that included information boxes since they understood these to be important for readers. Fourth graders discovered and researched places; while fifth graders researched and published digital books about rain forest animals. Final products were proudly displayed and brought excitement for the entire writing community.

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State School Board District 3 Schools of Distinction

Montana Street Magnet School

by Leslie Dennis | Jun 04, 2019

Becoming a Writing Community

School of Distinction AwardDothan City Schools

Principal, Ms. Sue Clark

Superintendent, Dr. Phyllis Edwards

Montana Street Magnet School recognized writing as an area of weakness and through the help of Being A Writer, expanded the focus of solely aligning instruction to meet standards to growing motivated and inspired writers. Teachers kept their own writer’s notebook alongside students while using quality writing samples and the work of professional authors to get students talking and writing. As the writing community developed, teachers analyzed writing, listening, and speaking standards. Kindergarten students formed opinions and shared them through writing and speaking. By fifth grade, students used advanced skills to form opinions, engage in respectful hearty debates, and write essays recognizing both sides of the opinions. All students explored sensory details, temporal words and phrases, and learned to think like authors as they explored and wrote personal narratives. With the addition of expository units across all grade levels, the youngest students explored informational text, discovered questions, and began writing facts. Third graders wrote books about animals that included information boxes since they understood these to be important for readers. Fourth graders discovered and researched places; while fifth graders researched and published digital books about rain forest animals. Final products were proudly displayed and brought excitement for the entire writing community.

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State School Board District 4 Schools of Distinction

Montana Street Magnet School

by Leslie Dennis | Jun 04, 2019

Becoming a Writing Community

School of Distinction AwardDothan City Schools

Principal, Ms. Sue Clark

Superintendent, Dr. Phyllis Edwards

Montana Street Magnet School recognized writing as an area of weakness and through the help of Being A Writer, expanded the focus of solely aligning instruction to meet standards to growing motivated and inspired writers. Teachers kept their own writer’s notebook alongside students while using quality writing samples and the work of professional authors to get students talking and writing. As the writing community developed, teachers analyzed writing, listening, and speaking standards. Kindergarten students formed opinions and shared them through writing and speaking. By fifth grade, students used advanced skills to form opinions, engage in respectful hearty debates, and write essays recognizing both sides of the opinions. All students explored sensory details, temporal words and phrases, and learned to think like authors as they explored and wrote personal narratives. With the addition of expository units across all grade levels, the youngest students explored informational text, discovered questions, and began writing facts. Third graders wrote books about animals that included information boxes since they understood these to be important for readers. Fourth graders discovered and researched places; while fifth graders researched and published digital books about rain forest animals. Final products were proudly displayed and brought excitement for the entire writing community.

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State School Board District 5 Schools of Distinction

Montana Street Magnet School

by Leslie Dennis | Jun 04, 2019

Becoming a Writing Community

School of Distinction AwardDothan City Schools

Principal, Ms. Sue Clark

Superintendent, Dr. Phyllis Edwards

Montana Street Magnet School recognized writing as an area of weakness and through the help of Being A Writer, expanded the focus of solely aligning instruction to meet standards to growing motivated and inspired writers. Teachers kept their own writer’s notebook alongside students while using quality writing samples and the work of professional authors to get students talking and writing. As the writing community developed, teachers analyzed writing, listening, and speaking standards. Kindergarten students formed opinions and shared them through writing and speaking. By fifth grade, students used advanced skills to form opinions, engage in respectful hearty debates, and write essays recognizing both sides of the opinions. All students explored sensory details, temporal words and phrases, and learned to think like authors as they explored and wrote personal narratives. With the addition of expository units across all grade levels, the youngest students explored informational text, discovered questions, and began writing facts. Third graders wrote books about animals that included information boxes since they understood these to be important for readers. Fourth graders discovered and researched places; while fifth graders researched and published digital books about rain forest animals. Final products were proudly displayed and brought excitement for the entire writing community.

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State School Board District 6 Schools of Distinction

Montana Street Magnet School

by Leslie Dennis | Jun 04, 2019

Becoming a Writing Community

School of Distinction AwardDothan City Schools

Principal, Ms. Sue Clark

Superintendent, Dr. Phyllis Edwards

Montana Street Magnet School recognized writing as an area of weakness and through the help of Being A Writer, expanded the focus of solely aligning instruction to meet standards to growing motivated and inspired writers. Teachers kept their own writer’s notebook alongside students while using quality writing samples and the work of professional authors to get students talking and writing. As the writing community developed, teachers analyzed writing, listening, and speaking standards. Kindergarten students formed opinions and shared them through writing and speaking. By fifth grade, students used advanced skills to form opinions, engage in respectful hearty debates, and write essays recognizing both sides of the opinions. All students explored sensory details, temporal words and phrases, and learned to think like authors as they explored and wrote personal narratives. With the addition of expository units across all grade levels, the youngest students explored informational text, discovered questions, and began writing facts. Third graders wrote books about animals that included information boxes since they understood these to be important for readers. Fourth graders discovered and researched places; while fifth graders researched and published digital books about rain forest animals. Final products were proudly displayed and brought excitement for the entire writing community.

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State School Board District 7 Schools of Distinction

Montana Street Magnet School

by Leslie Dennis | Jun 04, 2019

Becoming a Writing Community

School of Distinction AwardDothan City Schools

Principal, Ms. Sue Clark

Superintendent, Dr. Phyllis Edwards

Montana Street Magnet School recognized writing as an area of weakness and through the help of Being A Writer, expanded the focus of solely aligning instruction to meet standards to growing motivated and inspired writers. Teachers kept their own writer’s notebook alongside students while using quality writing samples and the work of professional authors to get students talking and writing. As the writing community developed, teachers analyzed writing, listening, and speaking standards. Kindergarten students formed opinions and shared them through writing and speaking. By fifth grade, students used advanced skills to form opinions, engage in respectful hearty debates, and write essays recognizing both sides of the opinions. All students explored sensory details, temporal words and phrases, and learned to think like authors as they explored and wrote personal narratives. With the addition of expository units across all grade levels, the youngest students explored informational text, discovered questions, and began writing facts. Third graders wrote books about animals that included information boxes since they understood these to be important for readers. Fourth graders discovered and researched places; while fifth graders researched and published digital books about rain forest animals. Final products were proudly displayed and brought excitement for the entire writing community.

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State School Board District 8 Schools of Distinction

Montana Street Magnet School

by Leslie Dennis | Jun 04, 2019

Becoming a Writing Community

School of Distinction AwardDothan City Schools

Principal, Ms. Sue Clark

Superintendent, Dr. Phyllis Edwards

Montana Street Magnet School recognized writing as an area of weakness and through the help of Being A Writer, expanded the focus of solely aligning instruction to meet standards to growing motivated and inspired writers. Teachers kept their own writer’s notebook alongside students while using quality writing samples and the work of professional authors to get students talking and writing. As the writing community developed, teachers analyzed writing, listening, and speaking standards. Kindergarten students formed opinions and shared them through writing and speaking. By fifth grade, students used advanced skills to form opinions, engage in respectful hearty debates, and write essays recognizing both sides of the opinions. All students explored sensory details, temporal words and phrases, and learned to think like authors as they explored and wrote personal narratives. With the addition of expository units across all grade levels, the youngest students explored informational text, discovered questions, and began writing facts. Third graders wrote books about animals that included information boxes since they understood these to be important for readers. Fourth graders discovered and researched places; while fifth graders researched and published digital books about rain forest animals. Final products were proudly displayed and brought excitement for the entire writing community.

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