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Writing & KSA Resources

 Constructed Response & Open Response Question

Writing Websites
Mastery Connect - A great resource for Common Core aligned questions and prompts great website for reading passages, multiple choice, and short answer questions
NAEP- website for questions at grades 4 and 8 in a variety of subjects.


Other Writing Resources 

Click here to read the definition of each of the three required writing pieces.
Click here to see the writing progression of K-12 for Opinion/Argument and Informative/Explanatory pieces
Click here to see the writing progression for K-12 for Narrative pieces
Click here for the writing portfolio Table of Contents
Read about Persuasive vs Opinion vs Argumentative here
Rubric for writing pieces
Writing Process PowerPoint


KSA Resources

Click here to read about constructed response, short answer, and ORQ for KSA.
Click here to see KSA rulers and writers' reference sheets.
Click here to see KSA extended response questions scoring guide, extended response answer space, short answer scoring guide, on-demand criteria, and scoring guide for on-demand.
Click here to see KDE released Stand-Alone Prompts (opinion, narrative on-demand)
Click here for a few sample On-Demand Prompts
Click here to see more On-Demand Prompt

On-Demand samples- 5th
Click here to see TCT Resource Bank



Natcher Writing Policy, Plan, and Helpful Resources

Natcher Writing Policy
Natcher Writing Plan Part 1 and Part 2
SPAT Introduction
SPAT Examples
On-Demand Organizer
RACE Organizer
Narrative Organizer- Plot Development
Opinion Organizer
Primary Rubric Informative
Primary Rubric Opinion
Achieve the Core Writing Samples


Natcher Writing Rubrics

Social Studies

Argument (6th)

Article on argument versus persuasion
Summary statement
Writing an argumentative essay
Graphic organizer for writing arguments
Topic ideas for writing argumentative pieces
Argumentative piece organizer

Example argumentative writing: Video Games are Beneficial to Kids 
300+ Prompts for Argumentative Writing


Opinion (K-5th)
Opinion piece example 5th grade (fits in this category)
Opinion piece organizer

Narratives (K-6th)
Narrative piece organizer
Example narrative writing: Andrew
Example narrative writing: Eleven
Example narrative writing: First Flight
Example narrative writing: Granddad's Tie
Example narrative writing: Valerie's Problem
Example narrative writing: You'll Grow Soon, Alex

Explanatory/Informational (K-6th)

Example explanatory/informational: Bald Eagle
Example explanatory/informational: Black Bear
Example explanatory/informational: Dinosaurs
Example explanatory/informational: Spiders

Example explanatory/informational: Macho Moms
Example explanatory/informational: The Old Man and the Sea