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Standards-based assessment and Instruction

Writing, K-8

Exemplars performance material provides teachers and administrators a way of teaching and assessing writing and communication skills.

Our tasks are classroom tested and can be used for assessment, instruction and professional development.

Writing material features:

  • Classroom-tested performance tasks
  • Rubrics that define the student work that meets today's standards
  • Annotated anchor papers
  • Rich teaching notes to guide instruction and assessment
  • Alignments to national, state, Common Core and provincial standards

The most powerful form of professional development occurs when teachers work together to assess student performance and discuss student work. This experience ties together assessment, curriculum and instruction. Exemplars material supports this process.

Current Writing Material

Developing Writers Series, K-4


The Developing Writers series is a systemic guide for grades K-4, created to help children become more effective writers. Bookmarks: Responding to Text, and Bookmarks: Narratives are currently available. Each module includes the guide, Writing is Elementary: Teaching Young Children to Write.

These resources offer classroom-tested lessons that are designed to provide success for students at all cognitive levels.

Material includes:

  • Scaffolding of instruction: whole-class modeling, guided practice and independent writing
  • Scoring rubrics
  • Annotated anchor papers
  • Graphic organizers
  • A bibliography of recommended books
  • Alignments to state and Common Core standards

Future modules will focus on reports!

Ordering Code:
DWRT* (Responding to Text)
DWNAR* (Narratives)
DWSET* (Responding to Text and Narratives)

* Note: Includes the guide, Writing is Elementary: Teaching Young Children to Write

Reading, Writing, Research Volume, 5-8

A collection of hard-copy materials, this publication is an exploration of standards-based learning in the content areas of Language Arts, History and Social Studies.

RWR provides:

  • Performance tasks for the middle grades 5-8
  • A rubric developed to incorporate the best national and international standards
  • Annotated anchor papers
  • Integration of both learning opportunities and student performance in standards-based Language Arts, History and Social Studies
  • A digital library of tasks
  • Alignments to state and Common Core standards

Ordering Code: RWR

Our teacher-friendly tasks are designed to support both the Common Core and Citywide instructional expectations. GO Math! alignments are also available.
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