Next, we created purposeful argumentative essay prompts as a diagnostic tool for teachers.We used The New York Times Learning Network (organized by category) to find the prompts we thought best matched the EUs and EQs for the units.
We practiced with prompts about driving ages, open-campus lunch policies, and television and video game violence.Similarly, students who earn fewer points on each question have a greater likelihood of being classified as a level 1 or level 2.While not guaranteed, if your student is capable of earning full credit on "constructed response" questions they will most likely be prepared to earn a level 3 or 4 on the state test.My next post will focus on strategies you can use with your teachers and students once you have a starting point. This weekend I’m going to share with you our newest writing skills – Compare and Contrast Essays! There was so much to talk about – it took us two days of read aloud time to finish the book.Here, NYSED is providing student responses to a "constructed response" question.By looking at the student work, parents, teachers, and students can gain a better sense of what kind of answers earns students a better score.The text structure helps us stay organized and tell if your kernel essays grabs a reader’s attention. Below you will find tons of resources to help change your classroom into a kernel classroom!For example, let’s say you tell your students, “Think about a time when you were____.” Fill in the blank — really proud of someone. Check out Gretchen’s explanation of kernel essays in this powerpoint.This site has a list of 200 prompts for argumentative writing.We chose prompts for 7-12 that connected to the units, and then created the assessment based on the EAP style of writing, this year being incorporated into the Smarter Balance Assessment students will take in 11th grade.