FAQ: Do you have any good sites for passage-based writing prompts?

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The Short Answer

  1. UPDATE: Moore Public Schools Practice Prompts
  2.  Mid-Del Schools Writing Resources
  3. The Learning Network by the New York Times
  4. NewsELA
  5. Kelly Gallagher’s Article of the Week
  6. Achieve the Core
  7. 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!

Kelly Gallagher’s Article of the Week

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.

Achieve the Core.org

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.

Literacy Design Collaborative

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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Team profile

In this series of PD ON YOUR PLAN, Oklahoma REAC3H Coaches, Kelli Anglley and Kristen Jones present strategies for passage-based writing.

The series is intended for grades 3-8 and designed to be viewed by small groups to elicit discussion and participate in model lessons and activities. During certain segments, you will be asked to pause the video and reflect or engage in a short activity.

Prior to starting this series, please be sure to download the guidebook, located below, and please leave feedback in the form of a star rating (1-5) and post comments on the bottom of the page.


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Chapter 1: Foundations, and Essential Background Information
Chapter 2: Introduction to Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing
Chapter 3: Quoting, Using Evidence, and PEEC Paragraphs
Chapter 4: Teach Paraphrasing
Chapter 5: Teach Paraphrasing Continued
Chapter 6: Teach Summarization
Chapter 7: Teach Editing and Revisions
Chapter 8: Creating Prompts
Chapter 9: Creating Prompts Continued and Closing


Fisher, D. & Frey, N. (2012). Writing, not just in English class.  Principal Leadership. P. 58-60.

Harwell, S. (2003). Teacher professional development: It’s not an event, it’s a process. CORD:  Waco, TX.

Lawwill, Kenneth Stuart. “Using Writing-to-Learn Strategies: Promoting Peer  Collaboration among High School Science Teachers.” Diss. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA,1999, 29-30.

Meade School District.  Summarizing strategies.  Retrieved October 1, 2013 from http://www.meade.k12.sd.us/PASS/Pass%20Adobe%20Files/March%202007/SummarizingStrategies.pdf




  1. R.A.F.T.S.
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  3. Instruction

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