The Short Answer
- Mid-Del Schools Writing Resources
- The Learning Network by the New York Times
- Kelly Gallagher’s Article of the Week
- Achieve the Core
- Core Tools by the Literacy Design Collaborative
The Long Answer
There are quite a few good sites for composing passage-based writing prompts, but for ready-made materials, checkout Mid-Del’s resources. They’ve done a great job combining articles with a writing prompt for multiple grade levels. You might also try the Learning Network by the New York Times. It’s best to follow them on Twitter (@NYTimesLearning) and check out their almost daily updates of articles, questions, and other classroom activities.
Here are a few great sites for high-quality articles to use in the classroom:
Probably my favorite site for free informational/nonfiction articles. There’s a lot of interesting topics, most articles include built-in quizzes, and (most impressive of all) each articles has adjustable lexile levels! If you want to know how that works, click here. By the way, it’s free!
Gallagher’s articles are ready to be printed and put in students’ hands. Each contains instructions for the student and possible response questions. Use as you see fit.
You can access articles and prompts to reuse and compare responses against the provided student writing samples. Also, there are many lessons and sample assessment questions aligned to the Common Core State Standards for most grade levels.
After finding the right prompts, use the Literacy Design Collaborative’s Core Tools to develop high-quality writing prompts/tasks.
After creating your free account, the Core Tools will walk you through creating lessons/writing tasks from scratch. You can save all your designs online and even collaborate on curriculum.
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