On Demand Writing Prompt Set: Narrative Writing "Cliffhangers"

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By far one of the biggest “difference makers” for me as a “teacher of writers” has been my use of demand prompts to guide my writing 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.

The resource that follows is a version of what I have done the last 4 years and have found to be the most efficient, effective, and stress-free way to measure student growth and to see what areas I need to provide additional instruction—to individual students, small focus groups, or the entire class.

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. Each set contains 8 different reproducible prompts complete with checklist, class recording sheet, individual student recording sheet, and directions and suggestions for use.

This set is not a part of my bundle--but it is definitely my students' favorite! Each prompt is a highly engaging "story starter" that gets a narrative going--and leaves the students at a "cliff hanger" that needs to be finished. I have gotten SO much use out of this--and students love to compare how they decided to finish the stories!


Want to check out the other sets?

Narrative Demand Writing Prompts!

Opinion Demand Writing Prompts!

Descriptive Demand Writing Prompts!

A BUNDLE of all three!

Something different--CLIFFHANGER Demand Prompts!

What about our primary friends? Here you go!

PRIMARY EDITION Opinion Writing Demand Prompts

PRIMARY EDITION Narrative Writing Demand Prompts

PRIMARY EDITION Descriptive Writing Demand Prompts



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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.


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