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Diagnostic Essay: Before & After Writing Assessments for ANY Unit

Secondary Sara
Grade Levels
7th - 12th
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If you need to show growth in student writing, celebrate learning over time, or build students’ confidence as writers, use this diagnostic essay (AND the comparison essay LATER) to get a benchmark and then make growth visible!

Use this set of TWO essay assignments before and after an essay writing unit OR at the beginning and end of a school year/semester. It’s also a great addition to writing portfolios and comes in handy when you, parents, or other teachers need samples of a student’s writing.

All pages are fully editable in case you wish to modify the rubrics, directions, or prompts given.

This 5-page download includes:

• Diagnostic essay directions & prompts

• Diagnostic feedback sheet (self, peer, and teacher feedback)

• Comparison essay directions & prompts

• Comparison essay rubric

• Compare and contrast activity for both essays

The 8 prompts given are for persuasive/argumentative essays, but you can edit them if you prefer informative or literary analysis ones!

NOTE: This item is INCLUDED in my Essay Mega Bundle! Check it out to save on over 140 pages of resources!


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Total Pages
5 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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