A student expectation is directly related to the knowledge and skills statement, is more specific about how students demonstrate their learning, and always begins with a verb. Student expectations are further broken down into their component parts, often referred to as “breakouts.”
A knowledge and skills statement is a broad statement of what students must know and be able to do. It generally begins with a learning strand and ends with the phrase “The student is expected to:” Knowledge and skills statements always include related student expectations.
Have students compose a brief procedural text such as a how-to text, ensuring they are using a clear central idea as well as other genre characteristics such as clear organizational patterns. Ask students to exchange texts with a partner and identify the characteristics of informational text in their partner’s writing.
Students are expected to compose informational papers to effectively explain and clarify a topic. Their writing must have a clear central idea with supporting details, an introduction and a conclusion, and an evident organizational pattern.