This is a freshly created activity which exists to emulate the part 2 of the June 2014 English (Common Core) Regents Examination.
This Common Core test is so new that you cannot even obtain the test and grading materials online. Created 6/18/14. Get your photocopies in before the summer!
Students are asked to read four pieces of non-fiction and to create an argument while citing three of the texts. Herein, you will find four texts (carefully researched to resemble the lexile score (reading level) that the state used on the June 2014 exam) , the task (written exactly the way the state would write it for this activity), an exact copy of the NYS Rubric for scoring this type of essay, and the essay booklet (blank lined pages) that is used for this essay.
The sample is the first two pages. Look it over. You'll begin to see that a lot of hard work went into this.
* Specifically, this activity asks students to establish an argument regarding whether or not students should get paid for obtaining high marks in school. The four articles are appropriate in language and content.
Tagged only for one Common Core Standard, but it's a complete emulation of Part 2, testing for MANY Common Core related abilities.