The new common core standards 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), quotes, or poetry.
This writing prompt contains three texts for the student to read (very short) and specific writing prompt directions. The type of writing the students will be composing will fall under the category "narrative" because the student will be forced to respond to a question by creating their own made up story, and supporting it (on a basic level) with information from at least two texts on the page.
The reading level of the text is second grade (according to the new common core alignment) however the demands of the prompt lend itself to be third grade level until the students are more used to the format and expectations of these prompts. Or, it can be used with advanced first grade students as an enrichment activity.
The document also includes two pages of wide ruled paper for the students to use to write their story on.
You can use this prompt/writing activity as a writing assessment, practice for the common core assessments, homework assignment, or partner activity. It could even be used as a tool for gifted/higher-level learners.
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