Reflection: Pre-Tests What Happened Next?: A Preassessment for Narrative Writing - Section 1: Introduction to Checklist and Rubric


I chose to use a prompt for a preassessment in writing because it gives students a chance to practice what they will be expected to do on the end-of-year state assessment on writing. It also allows me to assess them on specific skills such as writing a story that has a beginning, middle, and end, as well as a story that includes important aspects of story telling such as conflict, climax, and resolution. This works as a great assessment before starting a unit on fictional story telling as well as helping students realize the amount of time it actually takes to write and how to use their time effectively.

I use a timer to show students how much time has passed between each part of the writing process. This gives them a sense of how much time they actually need when they are writing. It is difficult to fit in all of the information students want to include in their writing in such a short time. I tell students that they will not be able to include all of the details that they could use so just use the most important ones. 

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What Happened Next?: A Preassessment for Narrative Writing

Unit 4: Writing Fictional Stories
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT use a prompt to write a story in a short amount of time.

Big Idea: Students need practice to write over shorter time frames.

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