4th/5th Grade Text-Based Writing: Branches of Government (Informative) FSA

4th/5th Grade Text-Based Writing: Branches of Government (
4th/5th Grade Text-Based Writing: Branches of Government (
4th/5th Grade Text-Based Writing: Branches of Government (
4th/5th Grade Text-Based Writing: Branches of Government (
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Informative/Explanatory paper prompt for 4th/5th Grade Text-Based Writing. Written in Florida FSA format, but applicable across multi-state, text based writing standards. Includes cover page, prompt/directions page, and 3 independent sources on topic, and planning sheet for students to get their thoughts gathered. Students are asked to explain, using details from the sources, The Responsibilities of the 3 Branches of Government.

Source 1: Provides an excerpt explaining Constitution and where the branches come from.

Source 2: Provides an excerpt on the Legislative Branch.

Source 3: Provides an excerpt on the Judicial and Executive Branches working together.

Challenge students to utilize sources to create an informative/explanatory paper based on our country's government structure. Written at grade level, with a topic that promotes "above and beyond" thinking for your students.


For Florida Teachers, FSA Rubric for grading can be found here:
http://fsassessments.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/InformationalRubric4-5_Final1.pdf

Feedback is greatly appreciated. :) In the words of a patient teacher, "Help me, help you."
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4th/5th Grade Text-Based Writing: Branches of Government (
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4th/5th Grade Text-Based Writing: Branches of Government (
4th/5th Grade Text-Based Writing: Branches of Government (