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Essay Writing

Appendix C of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

The writing samples in this resource reflect the three types of writing required by the standards. Each sample is clearly annotated with descriptors pulled from the language of the standards. These samples were generated from a variety of conditions including in-class or homework tasks, on-demand assessment or research projects.


In Common: Effective Writing for All Students

The writing samples included here are split into two types: on-demand writing and range of writing. The on-demand samples show progression of writing with one topic in K-5 and 6-12. The range of writing samples shows the possibilities for integrating writing tasks across content areas. Like Appendix C, each sample includes annotations that align with language of the writing standards. In addition, this resource includes the detailed prompts and materials used to elicit the writing samples.

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Write More, Write Now

Stephanie Sommers, Minneapolis Adult Education teacher, attended COABE in Orlando, Florida in the spring of 2017. One of the sessions she attended was called Write More, Write Now, facilitated by Amber Miller, Austin Community College. What she liked best about the session was the differentiation between revising and editing of sentences, paragraphs, and essays. Upon her return, Stephanie summarized a number of strategies in a MN ABE Connect newsletter article. The link below will bring you directly to her article.

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