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Use these writing prompts throughout the year to prep students for standardized tests and to chart their progress mastering common core writing standards. This collection of six prompts spans a variety of purposeful writing.
Prompt 1: Writing for Social Communication: RSVP Letter
Prompt 2: Writing to Persuade: Random Locker Searches
Prompt 3: Writing a Personal Narrative: Dream Trip
Prompt 4: Writing a Fictional Story: Write Your Own Short Story
Prompt 5: Responding to Text: excerpt from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
Prompt 6: Comparing Texts: Lessons from a Fable and a Story
Each prompt thoroughly explains the purpose and context of the writing assignment. Additionally, each prompt contains clarifications, hints and suggestions. There is also a list of expectations consistent with typical standardized common core writing assessments.
After the prompt there is room for brainstorming and the actual essay -- just like on a real standardized test!
Teacher's answer key with sample essays is also included.