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Common Core Expository Writing Task Teaching Bundle - ADAPTABLE to ANY text!
This bundle includes adaptable .doc and .ppt files for use in working through an Expository Common Core Writing Task. When surveyed after two separate CC Writing Prompts, students said they struggled understanding the prompt and knowing what to write. This plan was created to help students break d
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5 Paired Text Expository Writing Assignment Sheets - Learning From Failure
We all know that Common Core writing is all about paired texts and using a variety of sources! This download includes 5 different expository writing assignment sheets with a common theme - learning from failure. Each contains a prompt and links to 3-4 paired text sources of a variety of types (websi
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Expository Writing Graphic Organizer
Graphic Organizer to use for Expository Writing Essay. Easily adaptable to PARCC style text comparison essay.
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Write a (PARCC appropriate) Body Paragraph! (5th, 6th, or 7th grade)
Includes the required components, sentence format, highlighting, and directions for a student to put it to use immediately. Read the mentor paragraph, complete the highlighting of the mentor paragraph as a class, read through the PARCC rubric requirements, and have the students write the paragraph
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Practice & Assess WRITING SKILLS: Grades 4-5 No Prep Printables
**Grades 4-5 Version** Level A The topics/skills included in this huge worksheet packet are the same as in my Interactive Writing Notebook. Scroll down for a list of lessons and topics.
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*PARCC Test Prep Pack for 4th Grade Informational Text
Prepare your 4th graders for the upcoming PARCC assessments with this set of common core aligned informational text and evidence based questions! Passages all share the common theme of the Iditarod and include expository, informational, biographical, and a journal example with accompanying question
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Practice & Assess WRITING SKILLS: Grade 6 No Prep Printables
**Grade 6 Version** Level B The topics/skills included in this huge worksheet packet are the same as in my Interactive Writing Notebook. Scroll down for a list of lessons and topics.
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Practice & Assess WRITING SKILLS: Grades 7-8 No Prep Printables
**Grades 7-8 Version** Level C The topics/skills included in this huge worksheet packet are the same as in my Interactive Writing Notebook. Scroll down for a list of lessons and topics.
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The Most Dangerous Game Teaching Bundle with Common Core Writing Task
This bundle includes a full teaching guide (75 pages) for implementation of Common Core Standards with “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. Complete teaching bundle is intended for teachers to pick and choose resources for whole-class and differentiated instructions. Additionally, this bu
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14 Paired Text Expository and Argumentative Writing Assignment Sheets
We all know that Common Core writing is all about paired texts and using a variety of sources! This download includes 14 different expository and argumentative writing assignment sheets. Each contains a prompt and links to 3-5 paired text sources of a variety of types (websites, articles, and videos
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Prose Constructed Response - Writing Prompts and Rubric for any text (4th-5th)
This is a set of over 32 analytical writing prompts that can be used with literary and informational text for 4th-5th grade. Each page includes a prompt, space to write and/or illustrate, and a rubric for easy assessment. The rubric supports part of the PARCC writing rubric for 4th-5th grade, but w
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Writing Task: Ain't I a Woman? & Phenomenal Woman
Use this lesson for test prep and to give your students practice with an analytical prose constructed response. This also makes a meaningful lesson for Women's History Month. First, engage students with two high-quality texts: “Ain’t I a Woman?” by Sojourner Truth and “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya An
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Common Core Text-Dependent Writing Prompt Argumentative Grade 8
The new common core standards will require students to relate their story and essay writing to two-three passages of text. The text may be nonfiction, charts, quotations, environmental print, fiction, or poetry. In line with PARCC demands. This writing prompt contains three texts for the student to
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Common Core Text-Dependent Writing Prompt Explanatory Grade 4
The new common core standards will require students to relate their story and essay writing to two-three passages of text. The text may be nonfiction, fiction, reference materials, charts, quotes, or poetry. In line with PARCC demands. This writing prompt contains three texts for the student to rea
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Edgar Allan Poe's, "The Cask of Amontillado": Common Core and PARCC Ready!
Written to meet the demands of the new Common Core and PARCC test, this one week unit includes engaging and challenging lessons to teach pre-AP skills to your students. You'll find 16 pages of original handouts, including a words and phrases scavenger hunt to teach connotation and mood, an interact
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Writing: All About Snow Globes Write to Inform Prompt FSA or PARCC
This activity allows students to gather information, take notes, and complete an essay based on information found in 3 different reading pieces based on how Snow Globes were invented and made. Students will read and take notes on an informational text called "How to Make a Snow Globe", a newspaper
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PARCC AIR Test Prep Bundle (105+ pages)
This high-quality, multi-grade leveled, test-prep packet includes: -Six (6) Writing Prompts that each have 2 paired texts and one video link to mimic PARCC and AIR tests. Rubric, pre-writing graphic organizer, checklists all are included! -Over Nine (9) poetry lessons and lesson plan ideas from al
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Research Simulation Task Sample Essay (PARCC Grade 5)
This research simulation task was written from the 5th grade practice PARCC assessment provided on-line for students to have a student sample of what they need to do. Together with my students, we created a student friendly model essay to use as a guide and to look at the multiple ways the research
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Common Core Text-Dependent Writing Prompt Persuasive Grade 3
The new common core standards and PARCC will require students to relate their written story/essay writing to two-three passages of text. The text may be nonfiction, charts, quotations, environmental print, fiction, or poetry. This writing prompt contains three texts for the student to read (very sh
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Common Core Text-Dependent Writing Prompt Explanatory Grade 7
The new common core standards will require students to relate their story and essay writing to two-three passages of text. The text may be nonfiction, fiction, or poetry. This writing prompt contains three texts for the student to read (very short) and specific writing prompt directions. The type o
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In Cold Blood Synthesis Prompt:  CC and PARCC Aligned
Using a non-fiction text as a primary source with three additional articles, this performance based assessment (PBA), commonly called a synthesis prompt, acts as a strong versatile conclusion to the In Cold Blood unit. This essay prompt comes with an introduction plus three cited excerpted articles
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Writing Test Prep - FSA, AIR, STAR, & PARCC Paired Passages {Informative}
This is a paired passage set followed by an informative/explanatory prompt. I designed it during "crunch time" to help my students prepare for the CCSS writing assessment. There are three different text sources related to the same topic, a writing prompt (informative), a planning sheet, and blank li
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Common Core Text-Dependent Writing Prompt Explanatory Grade 2
The new common core standards and PARCC will require students to relate their story or essay writing to two-three passages of text. The text may be nonfiction, fiction, environmental text (lists, diagrams, definitions, etc.), quotes, or poetry. This writing prompt contains three texts for the stude
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Types of Writing Lesson Plan and Practice Questions
Understanding the Differences Between Narrative, Expository and Argumentative Prompts Perfect for Standardized Test Prep This resource is a complete lesson plan and student materials to help students understand the different types of writing (narrative, expository
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Weekly Writing Prompts Grades 3-5
These weekly writing prompts offer a variety of genres and text types to help meet the Writing Forms for the prose constructed response (PCR) items for the PARCC test. The writing prompts include: • Book review • Fantasy • Science fiction • Fable • Myth • Persuasive letter • Speech • How-to • Magaz
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Sacagawea Writing
Sacagawea Writing: This packet of writing assignment activities includes writing prompts for students to write essays, work through the writing process, or answer prose constructed response questions/prompts (PCR) about Sacagawea. This packet can be used to compliment an upper elementary or early
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Writing Test Prep- FSA, OAKS, AIR, STAR, & PARCC Paired Passages & Prompt
This is a paired passage set and informational/explanatory prompt designed to help students prepare for any CCSS writing assessment. There are three text sources on the same topic, a writing prompt (opinion), a planning sheet, and blank lined writing pages that are similar to what students will see
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Writing Test Prep- FSA, OAKS, AIR, STAR, & PARCC Paired Passages & Prompt
This is a paired passage set and informational/explanatory prompt designed to help students prepare for any CCSS writing assessment. There are three text sources on the same topic, a writing prompt (informative), a planning sheet, and blank lined writing pages that are similar to what students will
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February Ideas and Activities for Explanatory Writing Practice
"Start Now!" Begin the school year with small increments of this type of writing; at least once a month. Great product to begin review or prep for State testing and in light of PARCC's recommendation to include 28+ writing pieces a year across all classes, here's an opportunity to write 9 differe
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3rd grade PARCC writing rubric- student friendly words
I wrote this rubric so that students can see exactly what they need to do in order to make the most points on the PARCC writing portion. I printed on colored paper, put in clear sleeve, and put in students' writing folders.
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Common Core Text-Dependent Writing Prompt Explanatory Grade 1
The new common core standards and PARCC will require students to relate their story or essay writing to two-three passages of text. The text may be nonfiction, fiction, environmental text (lists, diagrams, definitions, etc.), quotes, or poetry. This writing prompt contains two texts for the student
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Writing Test Prep - FSA, AIR, STAR, & PARCC Paired Passages {Opinion}
This is a paired passage set followed by an informative/explanatory prompt. I designed it during "crunch time" to help my students prepare for the CCSS writing assessment. There are four different text sources related to the same topic, a writing prompt (opinion), a planning sheet, and blank lined w
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PARCC Rubric Simplified
The new PARCC is in draft form, and we'll likely see changes as the test itself is piloted. For now, use this rubric to see the intricacies mapped out. Key concepts are listed and each construct is dissected in a simple layout. I used this with my entire staff, and teachers loved the layout and simp
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CCSS & PARCC Writing Resource: Prompts 1-6 Using Fluency Selections!
These writing prompts typify many of the tasks students will be asked to accomplish on their yearly Reading / Writing / Thinking Assessments after CCSS instruction with PARCC standards in mind. The selections referenced were created and written in informational / narrative format to add flavor to th
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PARCC AIR Common Core Opinion Writing Performance Tasks
Writing is awesome! You know what makes writing even better? When you have controversial topics in which to write that gets your students fired up! In this packet, you'll find high-interest topics such as video game addiction, video game violence, earbuds causing hearing loss, elimination of recess,
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PARCC Types of Writing Cards
The upcoming PARCC assessment will ask the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to produce types of writing from this list.This product is designed in a flash-card type style. There are 36 types of writing listed individually on cards (autobiography, letter, magazine article, etc.). There are also 36
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Defunding the Military Synthesis Prompt:  PARCC and CC Aligned
This performance based assessment (PBA) is PARCC ready. It is a FULL PROMPT with seven creditable excerpted MLA cited sources and TWO full student essay models to utilize in your teaching of synthesis or to review with students. It can serve a dual purpose in an English or Social Studies classroo
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Writing Test Prep- FSA, OAKS, AIR, STAR, & PARCC Paired Passages & Prompt
*Thanksgiving Themed* This is a paired passage set and informational/explanatory prompt designed to help students prepare for any CCSS writing assessment. There are four text sources on the same topic, a writing prompt (explanatory), a planning sheet, and blank lined writing pages that are similar
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Writing about Science: Henrietta Lacks
If you're a Life Science, English/Language Arts, or Social Studies whose students are learning about cells, scientific research or African American history, look no further than this resource. This lesson plan and resources are a great starting point for teaching about cells, PARCC-style research wr
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Problem/Solution Text Structure Research Writing Test Prep Lesson 5 6 7 8 9
Preparing students to answer PARCC prompts in which they have to analyze, take notes on video clips and read texts is a daunting task. Scaffolding is extremely important; this 1-2 day lesson will keep your students' attention as well as help them step-by-step analyze nonfiction. The text structure i
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Test Prep Argument Persuasive writing review graphic organizer 6 7 8 9 10 11
In order to prepare students for PARCC assessment as well as other assessments, we rely on quick reviews and graphic organizers to make our life easier. Give students a brief review of argument essay and/or paragraph writing with this powerpoint, along with graphic organizer. If you have purchas
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Hit It out of the PARCC! Book 4, Grade 6
PARCC testing material at grade 6 is quite sophisticated and the writing prompts are equally challenging, so this workbook will bring your students up to speed in reading comprehension, fluency, and creative and expository writing. All passages, questions and writing prompts are professionally writ
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Literary Analysis & Research Simulation Task: PARCC Rubric in My Words
Have your students analyze and dissect the wordy PARCC rubric for literary analysis by using this easy organizer. Have students work alone, with a buddy, or in groups to discuss what will be asked of them on the PARCC assessment. I have also included the student friendly translation my students and
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PARCC Test Practice ELA grades 3 & 4
This practice test covers an expository reading on owls, with scaffold questioning related to numbered paragraphs in the reading. Directions on writing an expository essay with choice of three types of owls ( fact sheets are included for each owl) is also an activity.
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Speak Flipped Perspective Essay (PARCC Narrative)
Creative writing/PARCC Narrative essay using Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak. This assignment requires students to think like a character from the book and write as the character about Melinda and a scene from the story. Includes brainstorming questions and a rubric as well as lines for writing (not n
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Writing Prompt Breakdown Graphic Organizer
The following Graphic Organizer allows students to break down a prompt, regardless of which type of writing they are asked to complete. Students have the ability to reference the title, determine the task, and write down any important information in which they must include in order to achieve the hi
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Biography Writing Rubric
This is a simple well constructed Common Core based writing rubric that can be used anytime you ask your students to construct a biographical piece of writing. PARCC also places biographical writing on its list of writing students must be exposed to, therefore it is important we look for well constr
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Types of Writing - Expository, Persuasive, Narrative, Descriptive
This product includes mini posters, graphic organizers, and writer's checklist for expository, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive writing. Useful for teaching writing, author's purpose, and test prep including PARCC.
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KneeKnock Rise PARCC exercises
This resource contains 7 multiple choice exercises aligned to the PARCC assessment. Students can complete each exercise as they read the text, or you the teacher can select which passages or skill to use with students. In addition, included are 3 exercises that require students to complete an expos
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Editable Writing Portfolio Criteria Cover Sheets CCSS
Editable Common Core Writing Portfolio Criteria Cover Sheets This IS included in my mega bundle: ALL of my WRITING RESOURCES GROWING BUNDLE. Keep tr
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Wacky article journal writing activity 4 for Special Ed
This is an expository journal writing activity that can be used for low level academic content with multiple prompts though out to facilitate proper paragraph development. It is also a silly story prompt, so students can use their creativity to write something very funny. It was created for the Spec
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Wacky article journal writing activity 1 for Special Ed
This is an expository journal writing activity that can be used for low level academic content with multiple prompts though out to facilitate proper paragraph development. It was created for the Special Education high school & middle school students who need very specific guidance to independent
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