Find out more about effective writing activities in our teacher development module Engaging with writing — preparing activities.
These lessons come from what I see as a need during my lean-in conferences and what I know will help move my students beyond their current writing varying sentence lengths, using complex sentences, using introductory phrases, etc. This is authentically preparing them for the writing assessment in a way that still engages them in the writing.
Why has a rabbit got long ears? Here is another example: While we are writing persuasive essays, we may read two articles from two different perspectives on the topic we are writing.
The activities from the Writing Test Prep Resource then go into a test prep writing centers to continue reviewing before the day of the test.
The writing part: Now dictate the following sentence to your students: 'It was a dark and stormy night and'. Once all the students have added a sentence to their stories, get them to stop and pass the paper to the pair on their right this means that every pair of students now has a new character.