This exercise consists of two short opinion essays on the use of personal electronic devices in school. Students read each, answer two questions, and then write their own opinion essay on the topic. A multi-paragraph essay is expected, and a simple outline of the structure is given.
The exercise is closely modeled after the Smarter Balance fifth grade ELA performance task on the practice test.
You can use the task as paper and pencil work, have the students type their essay, or transfer it to your favorite on-line platform to better mimic the Smarter Balance test.
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