This is an example of a pre assessment I give my kids to practice informational writing. They have to read the first chapter of the book The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and write an essay about how the author develops a theme. This is totally aligned to common core and I have videos and a graphic organizer to follow along on my website Pencilsandpancakes.com. You just need the story, which is a short excerpt from the novel The House on Mango Street. Obviously I can't sell it on here, but you can probably find it online or if you buy the book it is just the very first chapter of the novel! Enjoy!