Thursday, March 22, 2012

On-Demand Prompt Hints

Thanks to all of you for your efforts to support student writing. Here is the electronic link to a Narrative Writing Prompt site As with anything outside resource- some parts are better than others. ;)

Couple of reminders when writing prompts for the K-PREP on-demand style-per the released info. and samples:

The SITUATION is more developed- it offers much more context for the student to use than in the past

States the MODE and offer a FORM- Write a narrative for a blog...Write your opinion in an email...

States audience-which will determine the tone

Narrative can be REAL or IMAGINED

INFORMATIVE-(for this year) is about reading info. from a passage(s) and synthesizing it to craft an informative or explanatory piece- "Just the facts, ma'am. Just the facts." is our motto. :)

Stand-alone (30 min. & 2 blank pg); Passage-based (90 min. and 4 blank pgs.)

1 blank page for pre-write

Thesis Statement -the focal point, opinion, thru-line of the piece/ truism or lesson learned for narrative

Models are available.

Please let me know how else I can support you. I will pass along other sites and info as I get it.


Thursday, March 1, 2012


Ok, if you don't know about site, you'll want to know and tab it as a favorite! It's free to join and contains great lessons (for using or tweaking). The site creators also include passages that are good for using with specific grade levels and are interesting. (of course, you could always substitute your own excellent text selections)

The lessons emphasize supporting thinking with evidence from the text, crossing over into content areas, and offers purposeful graphic organizers.

Click the link below for the topic in the SUBJECT line, or to see ALL of the possible lessons click
Happy Reading Planning!