Text-Based Writing

Young writers need to know how to use both informational and argumentative texts to craft a response. Two writing prompts, one on the life of Ella Fitzgerald and the other on the importance of balancing extracurricular activities and schoolwork, inspire learners to use textual evidence to defend their points of view.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use both versions of the prompt in a timed essay to prevent plagiarism
  • Have class members present their essays in front of their peers
Classroom Considerations
  • Does not include a rubric; you'll need to use your own rubric for assessing writing
  • The second prompt provides three sources, which may be overwhelming for struggling writers
  • Resource is designed for fourth graders but is adaptable for older learners as well
  • Provides a blank lined sheet for planning and brainstorming
  • Encourages learners to refer to more than one source when crafting an argument
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