In this Standardized Test preparation activity, students will move through stations reviewing the parts of each writing structure as identified in the Common Core (Argument, Informative and Narrative).
Students begin each station by reading notes on each essay’s purpose and basic structure. Next, students read through sample essays in response to standardized test aligned prompts. Finally, students “quiz” each other on basic elements of the text structure through task cards.
This is an excellent review strategy leading up to standardized testing, or for basic review at any point in the year.
•If you have a large class, print out two copies so there are two stations of each writing format.
•If possible, use different colored folders for a brain-based learning approach to this stations activity. Visual learners will have an easier time associating colors with writing types.
•Place “Task Cards” in envelopes so students do not see the questions prior to reading the notes/mentor texts.