With the new ELA Common Core Standards in place, teachers and students alike are preparing for on-demand writing. This form of real-world writing requires that students display their proficient writing skills for narrative, informational, and argumentative purposes. These purposes are developed using a variety of genres that are appropriate for the intended audience and purpose.
One proven way to assist students in developing their writing skills is to WRITE! When students are provided practice prompts to compose and reflect on, they are provided with opportunities for growth. Their skills improve as they become aware of their strengths and weaknesses as writers.
A stand-alone argumentative prompt is provided, along with a scoring guide and sample response. These resources should serve as an invaluable tool in assisting students in recognizing their current abilities and areas for improvement.