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Writing Prompt Table for Benchmark Essays / Practice Essays

Grades 4-12

September-October

November-December

January-February

March-April

Instruction

Writing Genre

Time Frame

Two prompts

Informative/
Expository

Prompt #1 – Aug 31-Sept 18

Prompt #2 – Sept 21 – Oct 9

 

 Goal: 4 focused revisions for each prompt that lead to increased scores for each revision.

Narrative

Prompt #1- Nov 2 – Nov 20

Prompt #2 -Nov 30 – Dec 18

 

Goal: 4 focused revisions for each that lead to increased scores for each revision.

Persuasive/
Argument

Prompt #1 -Jan 11-Jan 29

Prompt #2 – Feb 2- Feb 19

 

Goal: 4 focused revisions for each prompt that lead to increased scores for each revision.

Literary

Prompt #1-March 1- March 19

Prompt #2 -March 22- April 9

 

Goal: 4 focused revisions for each prompt that lead to increased scores for each revision.

 

Grades 4 & 5:

1.Human Effect on the Environment 

2.Learning About an Animal and its Habitat

 

Grades 4 & 5:

1.Celebrating a Special Day with Family Traditions

2.Influencing an American Hero

 

Grades 4 & 5:

1.Loyalists vs. Patriots

2.Opposing the Stamp Act

 

Grades 4 & 5:

1.Character Study

2.Grandpa’s Garden (students need to acquire this book)

 

Grades 6 – 8:

1.Natural Disasters

2.The Scientific Method

 

Grades 6 – 8:

1.A Time Machine

2.Lewis & Clark Expedition Summary

 

Grades 6 – 8:

1.Defending the American Revolution

2.The First Amendment

 

Grades 6 – 8:

1.Analysis of an Author’s Style

2;Analysis of a Literary Character

 

 

Grades 9 – 12:

1.Nourishment of the Cell

2.The Elegance of Cell Division Processes

Grades 9 - 12:

1.Time Spent with a Famous Person

2.Write a Creation Myth

 

Grades 9 – 12:

1.Roles of Citizens in a Democracy

2.Our Changing Society 

 

Grades 9 – 12:

1.An Epic Hero

2.Hasty Decisions in Romeo & Juliet

 

Assessment

Writing Genre

Time Frame

One Prompt

Informative/
Expository

Date Range: Oct 12-16

 

Grades 4 & 5:

Reducing Pollution

Grades 6 – 8:

Important Inventions

Grades 9 – 12:

The Components of Cell Theory

 

 

Narrative

*no assessment will be administered in the second quarter for this genre

 

Persuasive/
Argument

Date Range – Feb 22- Feb 26

 

Grades 4 & 5:

Defending the Constitution

Grades 6 – 8:

Individuals Affecting Government Action

Grades 9 – 12:

A Controversial Issue

 

Literary

*no assessment will be administered in last quarter for this genre

 

 

Portfolio

Complete and print Assessment essay with grade for portfolio

 

Complete and print Assessment essay with grade for portfolio