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Writing Websites
GREAT Thought Provoking Writing Prompts

Also, visit my Literacy page for more writing ideas!

Writing to Learn
"Writing to learn is the opportunity for students to recall, clarify, and question what they know about a subject and what they still wonder about with regard to that subject matter." -Knipper, 2006

Writing to Demonstrate Learning
"This type of writing is to ascertain whether or not students understand the content and/or concepts being taught." -KDE 2003 Writing Handbook

answer to an extended response prompt
summary to reading
explanantion or summary of an activity
book, research, or library report
lab report
essay for a quiz

Sticky Note Research Project

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Writing Historical Letters

Writing for Publication
"Writing is written with a specific, authentic purpose, with awareness of authentic readers, in real-world forms." -KDE 2003 Writing Handbook

Opinion/Argumentative - editorials, reviews, etc - K-8 Continuum for Assessing Opinion/Argument Writing
Informational/Explanatory - articles, letters, manuals, etc - K-8 Continuum for Assessing Informational/Explanatory Writing
Narrative - personal narratives, memoirs, short story, poem, plays, etc - K-8 Continuum for Assessing Narrative Writing

Common Core ELA Appendix C Student Writing Samples

Narrative Writing


Expository Writing
When reading aloud to your classroom, how often to you choose an Expository text? Probably not often. So many times our students don't enjoy expository writing because they are not accustomed to reading or hearing it. Listen to This Developing an Ear for Expository by Marcia Freeman is a great resource for helping your students become better expository writers. Easy read and very thought provoking.

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Argumentative Writing

Defend Yourself Friday
Room for Debate - NY Times
Student Debates Engage Thinking

Evidence & Argument: Multiple Ways of Experiencing a Text
GREAT clip on analysis of reading and connection to writing.
Although intended for grade 9, I believe the "idea" could be adapted for grades 6-8.
Definitely meets the intent and rigor of the standards.

Opinion Writing

Reflective Writing
"Reflection requires thinking, serious contemplation and analysis about the student's growth as a writer and learner." -Kentucky Writing Handbook

  • Teachers should ask students to thin reflectively about their learning often, in all content areas and grade levels.
  • The more students are expected to reflect, the more successfully they will internalize what they have learned.
  • Reflection can happen in writing to learn, writing to demonstrate learning, and writing for publication.
  • Reflective writing is meant to be a self-assessment.

Reflection lesson using Because of Winn-Dixie

Ideas for Math Reflection following Interim Assessments:

If you are interested in either of these templates, let me know and I will be glad to set them up for your current IA.

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Formal versus Informal Writing