Informative and Opinion Writing Prompts with Mentor Texts Growing Bundle

Informative and Opinion Writing Prompts with Mentor Texts Growing Bundle
Informative and Opinion Writing Prompts with Mentor Texts Growing Bundle
Informative and Opinion Writing Prompts with Mentor Texts Growing Bundle
Informative and Opinion Writing Prompts with Mentor Texts Growing Bundle
Informative and Opinion Writing Prompts with Mentor Texts Growing Bundle
Informative and Opinion Writing Prompts with Mentor Texts Growing Bundle
Informative and Opinion Writing Prompts with Mentor Texts Growing Bundle
Informative and Opinion Writing Prompts with Mentor Texts Growing Bundle
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Informative and Opinion Writing Prompts with Mentor Texts Growing Bundle: Are you looking for a year's worth of writing prompts that come WITH mentor texts? When this growing bundle is complete (July 2018), that's exactly what you will have!

Nowadays, there is a noticeable difference in how students are expected to write their essays on the standardized writing test. Many standardized tests, such as SAGE in Utah, AzMERIT in Arizona, PARCC in New Jersey, and FSA in Florida, require the students to read/listen to multiple texts and then use information from those passages in their writing.

To prepare them for the test, it is not enough to just give the students a writing prompt. If you want your students to be successful on the state test, you need to give them prompts that come WITH mentor texts. The SAGE rubric expects students to write essays that are well-organized (this includes writing strong introductions and conclusions), incorporate text evidence, elaborate on their details (this includes using domain-specific vocabulary), and use proper grammar/spelling. Everything in this bundle is designed to help students write such essays.

When this growing bundle is complete, you will have a year's worth of writing prompts AND mentor texts at your fingertips. (Plus all kinds of other useful resources such as instructions, rubrics, checklists, decorative lined paper, sample essays, and more.)

What is a growing bundle? A growing bundle is a bundle that is not finished. By purchasing the bundle now, you will be getting the next 3 writing prompts for FREE! After I add more writing prompts to the bundle, you can go to your purchases page and download the file again to get the new additions. The price will increase every time that I add new writing prompts, so buying now will be the best value.

Every single prompt comes with the following (please click the preview to see many of the pages from these products):
•Day-to-day instructions that explain what I do with the students for 14 days
•4 different rubrics to choose from (I’ve taken information from the SAGE rubric and turned it into one that, I think, is more student-friendly and teacher friendly.)
•Brief descriptions of each rubric so that you can know which one you want to use.
•A schedule that outlines what the students will be doing for the next 3 weeks (the rubric and schedule are things I show the students before we begin writing our essays so they know what is expected of them, how long it will take, and how to be successful.)
•A checklist that the students can use while they write their essays to make sure they are including everything that their essay needs
•Two different graphic organizers to choose from (one is completely blank, while the other one has fill in the blanks to help those who struggle with writing)
•Alternative graphic organizers that are decorative (the Cat or a Dog prompt does NOT come with alternative graphic organizers that are decorative)
•Many different types of rough draft paper that you can choose from. (My favorite rough draft paper is the one that has ARMS at the bottom. Many teachers like to use the acronym ARMS when revising with their students.)
•Peer Editing Sheets (I love using these! Instead of having students write all over each others’ papers with red pens, they look for certain criteria, fill in the form, and give feedback)
•A sample graphic organizer that has been filled in (if it's an opinion prompt, then I provide samples for both sides)
•A sample final draft that meets all the requirements to get a really good score on the SAGE test (if it is a debate between two sides, then I provide sample final drafts for both sides)
•Decorative lined paper that the students can write their final drafts on
•Decorative title pages (the students can use these as a cover for their final drafts.)
•A note that can be sent home to parents to announce the completion of their essays and the sharing party that will take place in class

So far, this bundle includes the following prompts:
1.Which is a Better Pet, a Cat or a Dog?
2.Are Teens too old to go Trick-or-Treating?
3.Explain how Caribou Survive the Cold Weather
4.Explain how Water Changes the Earth's Surface
5.Should Fidget Spinners be banned from Schools?
6.Explain the three Types of Rocks
7.Explain three major things that Abraham Lincoln did during his lifetime.
8.Why should the leprechaun give you his gold?
9.Career Research Project (Write an essay describing a career of your choice.)


Here is what I'm planning on adding in the future:

Eating Bugs
Prompt: Entomophagy is a fancy word used to describe when humans eat bugs. While the idea of eating bugs makes many Americans cringe, it is totally normal in other countries such as France, Germany, Thailand, Ghana, Mexico, and China. Write an essay where you give your opinion. Should bugs be added to the school cafeteria menu? Manage your time carefully so you can plan, write, revise, and edit your essay.
Coming: June 30th

Vertebrates
Prompt: Vertebrates are animals that have a backbone. Mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and fish are all vertebrates. Write an essay describing one of these animal groups. Mange your time carefully so you can plan, write, revise, and edit your essay.
Coming: July 30th


THE STANDARDS
This product is aligned with the following 3rd grade writing standards:
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.3.1Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.3.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.3.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as need by planning, revising, and editing.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.3.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.3.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.3.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision.) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

This product is aligned with the following 4th grade writing standards:
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.4.1Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.4.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.4.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.4.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as need by planning, revising, and editing.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.4.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.4.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.4.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision.) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

This product is aligned with the following 5th grade writing standards:
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.5.1Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.5.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.5.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as need by planning, revising, and editing.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.5.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.5.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
CCSS.ELA-LIT.W.5.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision.) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

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