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Evidence, Example, Elaboration: Developing Student Writers

Tibby Elementary School
Compton Unified School District
Compton, CA

student discussion at Tibby Elementary SchoolWhen Principal Ontrece Ellerbe arrived at Tibby, the data showed students were considerably more successful in math than ELA, leading Ellerbe and her team to conclude that the problem wasn’t with the students, but with the teaching. Through intensive professional development, coaching, and professional learning communities, Ellerbe introduced a strong ELA program focused on fluency, comprehension, and writing. The writing program uses templates to guide students from idea to published work. (5:39)

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 Contact Information

Principal: Ms. Ontrece Ellerbe
1400 West Poplar Street
Compton, CA 90220-1537
Telephone: (310) 898-6370
Website: http://web.compton.k12.ca.us/Pages/Schools/Profile/tibbyElem.aspx
Email: oellerbe@compton.k12.ca.us

 Student Demographics 2014

Number of students Pre-K – 5 428
Students eligible for subsidized meals 87%
Limited English proficient students 29%
Students receiving special ed services 11%
Student mobility rate 17%
Hispanic or Latino students 45%
Native American students   3%
African American students 52%
Average daily student attendance 95%

One Response to Evidence, Example, Elaboration: Developing Student Writers

  • The best advice for developing support and elaboration in narrative writing is Show, don t tell. Good writers help their readers imagine the story by describing the action, providing sensory descriptions, and explaining characters thoughts and feelings. Poets are especially adept at using precise details to focus on specific, concrete, observable things or experiences.

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