Start the year off with a fun and creative writing assignment that gets the kids' attention and provides an opportunity for formative assessment.
-teacher AND student directions
-36 ready-to-print prompts with high-interest photos
-beginning of the year writing inventory
-simple rubric to gather information on basic writing skills
-class chart to record skill levels in one place
I use this activity during the first week of school. Afterward, I have the student complete the self-assessment and writing inventory to gage their interest and reflect. I then use the Evidence of Writing Skills rubric to (quickly!) assess basic writing skills. This allows me to set up strategy groups for writing and target needs almost immediately.
Let me know what your students think. Mine always have a ball! Enjoy!