Two types of writing required for assembling a portfolio include descriptive and analytical.
Descriptive writing is logical, well-ordered, with sufficient detail so the assessor comprehends the lesson plans, the students, and explanations supporting decisions about instruction.
Analytical writing consists of explanations and interpretations based on evidence. Evidence for Task 1 includes lesson plans, the Context for Learning, and instructional materials. These should be referenced often in the commentary.
Some general strategies to consider when responding to commentary prompts include
1) Addressing each clause of a compound question
2) Citing evidence, such as lesson plans or assessments, to support claims
3) Providing examples
4) Maximizing page count, such as writing 10 pages for an 11 page limit
5) Referencing research or theory, when prompted
The exemplary commentary responses1 shown below earned high scores on planning rubrics.
1. The commentaries shown above have been shared with permission of the authors.