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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 for K–4 and 5–8
  • Rubrics that that provide clear guidelines for assessing student work and providing meaningful feedback
  • Annotated student anchor papers at the performance levels of the Exemplars rubric
  • Rich teaching notes to guide instruction and assessment
  • Alignments to national, state, Common Core and provincial standards
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
  • Assessment rubrics
  • Annotated student anchor papers
  • Graphic organizers
  • A bibliography of recommended books
  • Alignments to state and Common Core standards

Future modules will focus on reports!

Ordering code(s):
DWRT* (Responding to Text)
DWNAR* (Narratives)
DWSET* (Responding to Text and Narratives)
* Note: Includes the guide, Writing is Elementary: Teaching Young Children to Write

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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 student 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
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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.

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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Embedding Common Core aligned Exemplars tasks into our units of study has strengthened teachers understanding of the Common Core Learning Standards while improving student performance. Significant growth in student achievement has taken place across the grades in the Mathematical Practices ... even our youngest students do the work of real mathematicians to represent and solve authentic real-world problems.

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