This product was created to assess persuasive writing ability. I personally use this assessment at the beginning of the year to get a baseline of my students' writing ability.
The product includes the following:
-Tests with a choice of 2 writing prompts per passage for grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. (Each grade has a different passage and questions)
-Graphic organizers for pre-writing
-Common Core aligned 50 point rubrics (1 for the 9-10 gradeband and 1 for the 11-12 gradeband) to use to grade student writing samples.
*Important: These tests were designed for use with the following vignettes by Sandra Cisneros:
"No Speak English"
"Four Skinny Trees"
"Geraldo No Last Name"
These passages are not included in this product, as they are not my property, however, they are available in PDF form online.