School Wide Argumentative Writing Process
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
1. Read and annotate the prompt
2. Read and annotate the text
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
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”
Pictures/Videos of SWAWP: