The first novel in the Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
This is a 50 minute in class timed writing where the student has a choice from 3 writing prompts, including an analysis of Will's journey, a compare/contrast, and a descriptive writing with an analysis of character interactions.
A grading scale is included for essays scoring in a 50-69, 70-79, 80-89, and 90-100 range using essay format, content, textual evidence, transitions, and mechanical errors.
Pages 1 and 2 are meant to be given to the students as a front/back handout, with the student response either hand written on notebook paper or typed. Page 2 includes an area for brainstorming with helpful hints for the student.
Students need to be familiar with writing multiple paragraph essays, creating a thesis, using text evidence to support their thesis, and generating an original conclusion to be successful as this assessment is written. This has been used with 8th grade students.
You may use these writing prompts to develop your own activity.
Differentiation Idea - Give the essay prompts out a few days ahead of time and allow students to brainstorm answers and find text evidence before completing the timed writing in class.
As a BONUS, page 3 has 18 questions that can be used while reading the novel in literature circles, comprehension checks, fishbowl discussions, practice writing prompts, or short answer responses. Page 3 is not meant to be part of the timed writing assessment, but to encourage analysis, connections, and a deeper understanding while reading the novel.