Writing Informative Text: School Days

This Writing Informative Text: School Days assessment also includes:

A three-part writing assessment challenges scholars to think critically about schools of the past and present. Learners read informative texts, answer questions to prepare for a discussion, research in small groups, complete a Venn diagram, and write a summary. To culminate the exam, writers complete an extended writing response.  

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pictures of old schoolhouses available for class members to view before the assessment begins to gain interest 
  • Compile a collection of books where characters go to school at a schoolhouse for early finishers to read when time permits 
Classroom Considerations

  • The duration reflects an estimated time to complete one part per day
  • Requires copies—17 pages for the test booklet
Pros

  • The Teacher Guide comes with detailed instructions and rubrics for each part
  • The Extended Response includes a kid-friendly rubric
Cons

  • None