By far one of the biggest “difference makers” for me as a “teacher of writers” has been my use of demand prompts to guide instruction. In our class, we have a balance of free writing, process writing, and demand writing—but for me, the most effective way to ASSESS students is to do a regular demand prompt to see how students are doing on the targets we have worked on all year. Process writing is critical in the classroom, but as students work together, confer, share, revise, and so on—it becomes difficult to know what they can do independently.
This "Freebie" is one demand prompt plus simplified directions on how to use this in the classroom. It is a sample of the types of prompts available in three other demand sets in my store:
(A bundled set of all 24 prompts is also available.)
The method is simple: Each prompt is graded using the exact same checklist at the top. If you use prompts from multiple sets (descriptive, opinion, narrative), you will see that the top portion of the checklist remains the same, allowing you to measure student growth ALL year. The bottom few lines of the checklist are more specific to the genre of writing.
Curious to see if this method would work for you? Check out this free sample and see! I hope you find it as useful as I do!
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