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Writing Prompt Table for Benchmark Essays / Practice Essays

Dates September -
October
November -
December
January -
February
March -
April
Genres Persuasive/
Argumentative
Informative/
Expository
Persuasive/
Argumentative
Literary
MY Access
Practice Prompts
Prompt #1 –
Aug 29-Sept 16
Prompt #2 –
Sept 26 – Oct 21
Prompt #1 –
Oct 31 – Dec 11
Prompt #2 –
No second practice prompt
Prompt #1 –
Jan 9-Feb 3
Prompt #2 –
Feb 6-March 3
Prompt #1 –
March 28 – April 14
Prompt #2 –
No second practice prompt
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Grades
4 & 5
A Visit to the Rain Forest


Top Vacation Place
Why Bugs are Interesting and Helpful The Greatest American President


Favorite Book
April Rain Song
MY Access
Grades
6 – 8
A Manned Mission to Mars


Hydrogen as an Alternative Fuel
Egg Laying Species Choosing an Exotic Pet


Argue For or Against Group Projects
“The Tree” by Sarah Orne Jewett
MY Access
Grades
9 – 12
Was Life Better in the U.S. Better in the 1900’s or the 2000’s?


Alternate Energy Sources
Growing Towards Maturity Do Teens Consider Consequences?


Teen Curfews
Choice Made by a Literary Character
Benchmark Assessment Prompts
Students can only “submit” once, but can “save and finish later” multiple times within one week and the 2 hr revising/editing period.
Grades
4-12

Complete through
My Access
Persuasive/Argumentative

Date Range:
Oct 24-Oct 28

(4-5) Should All Young Athletes Receive an Award?

(6-8) Are Organic Foods Worthwhile?

(9-12) Choosing a Rewarding Occupation
  Persuasive/Argumentative

Date Range –
March 6-March 10


(4-5) Service Animals


(6-8) How Would You Improve Your Community?

(9-12) Truth and Lies
 
Portfolio & Grading My Access generated by student; ES to print Assessment essay with grade for Fall sample   My Access generated by student; ES to print Assessment essay with grade for Spring sample ES & parent Rubrics available in: Benchmark Essay Booklets
Grades TK-3 Students may use:, Benchmark Essay Booklets, or Writing Prompt Topics

*Instruction and practice is encouraged before the benchmark assessment.
*Outlines, rough drafts, revisions strongly encouraged.
         
Grade Level CAASP/SBAC - Benchmark Assessment Prompts Genre Benchmark Assessment Period  
4 & 5 Animals and Their Surroundings Informative #1  
4 & 5 Service Animals Persuasive/Argument #2  
6,7, 2008 Sleeping and Naps Informative #1  
6, 7, 2008 Pennies Persuasive/Argument #2