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Standards-based assessment and Instruction

Developing Writers

Exemplars Developing Writers material gives both teachers and administrators an effective way of teaching writing as well as assessing students' writing and communication skills. It can be easily integrated into your existing curriculum to facilitate both assessment and instruction or it can stand alone.

Developing Writers Series, K-4

The Developing Writers series is a systemic guide for grades K-4 that was 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


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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We see the benefits of writing in mathematics; of using performance assessments in mathematics rather than simply relying on a multiple-choice assessment. Since we stress having students illustrate their thinking in words, pictures and numbers, Exemplars is a wonderful tool ...

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Norfolk Public Schools

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