North Smithfield On Demand Writing
The purpose of this multifaceted project is to support the articulated curriculum aligned to the ELA Common Core Standards. To propel the implementation of the writing curriculum and standards, all grades 1-8 English Language Arts teachers will administer an On Demand/End-of-Year Writing Assessment.
- Prior to administering this assessment, familiarize yourself with the prompt, rubric, exemplars, and directions.
- Some students (e.g., students with identified learning needs) may require more time or some other consideration.
- Students cannot use dictionaries, thesauruses or other spelling aids, as spelling and vocabulary are two of the elements students are assessed on.
- Younger students may require more time to understand the instructions and feel at ease with the process.
- Teachers will explain that today they are going to do a writing task and it is important that they try their best.
- Students in grades 2-8 will use chromebooks to write responses.
- We are utilizing released test items from MCAS. Teachers do not need to administer the entire assessment. Administer only the essay writing portion.
- Grade 6 Prompt:
- This question is a text-based essay question. Write your essay in the space provided in your Student Answer Booklet. Your essay should: • Present and develop a central idea. • Provide evidence/details from the passage(s). • Include correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
- Write an essay explaining how “Keeping Warm in the Winter” and “How to Keep Warm” each help the reader to understand the colonists’ challenge of living in a cold climate. Be sure to use information from both the article and the passage to develop your essay.
- Students should title the “google doc” in the following manner:
- Last name, first name, year of graduation, grade level, teacher last name (Example: Arnold, Clare, 2026, Gr. 4, Daigneault)
Instructions for using Google Classroom to give out the assignment:
- In Google Drive, create a Google doc with the filename year of graduation, grade level, teacher last name (Example: 2026, Gr. 4, Daigneault). This file would have the grade level reading selection(s), prompt, and the blank page to type on all in one document
- In Google Classroom, create the assignment and insert this document from Google Drive and choose the option to "give each student a copy" When the student clicks on the link, the document that opens will be their own personal copy with their name inserted in the file name. Based on the previous example: ClareArnold, 2026, Gr. 4, Daignault would be the new title for Clare - another student would have a their first and last name inserted. This keeps all of the students work accessible to the teacher in one place.
The Following School Year
- Student on demand writing samples will be shared through a shared team drive the google suite.
- Teachers will see folders created by "Year of Graduation."
- Simply click on the year of graduation, writing assessments will be available in alphabetical order by students' last names.
- All teachers will individually conference with students in September using the On Demand/End-of-Year Writing Assessment. This will serve as a baseline for student writing and expectations. Be sure to use best practices in conferencing. http://www.paterson.k12.nj.us/11_departments/language-arts-docs/writing%20workshop/Tips%20for%20Conferencing%20with%20studetns.pdf