Glossary of Terms

  • - A -

    ACT - is a national college admission examination that consists of subject area tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. On the web: The ACT Test.

    - N -

    NCLB - See No Child Left Behind.

    No Child Left Behind
    - is federal legislation that has specific mandates for states and their public school districts. Those mandates are or are related to (1) stronger accountability for results; (2) more freedom for states and communities; (3) proven education methods; and (4) more choices for parents. On the web: U.S. Department of Education.


    SAT - is a national college admission examination that consists of subject area tests in writing, math, and critical reading. On the web: The SAT Test.

    Six Traits of Writing - A learning model
    that helps students understand what is working well and what needs to be improved in their writing. The traits give teachers a focus for their writing instruction. The traits give all a common language for talking about and celebrating writing. The Six Trait model breaks down writing performance into a manageable group of teachable and assessable skills. On the web: NW Regional Education Laboratory. The six traits of writing are
    Content / Ideas - the heart of the paper - what the writer has to say.
    Organization - the road map which directs the reader through the paper.
    Voice -
    the personality of the writer coming through on the page.
    Word Choice -
    what gives an exactness to details and helps the writer paint memorable pictures in the reader¹s mind.
    Sentence Fluency -
    In any piece of writing, there are many possible ways to write any sentence correctly, but usually, of those correct versions, one or two will sound better than others. A writer who can pick out those versions and can use them frequently will have a strong sense of sentence fluency.
    Conventions -
    the rules of a language.