Prompted to Write: Building On-Demand Writing Skills, Grades 6-12
September 2005, Jossey-Bass
PART ONE: INSTRUCTIONAL PROCESS.
1. Bridging the Testing/Teaching Gap.
2. The Prompted to Write Model: Preparing Students to Do Their Best.
3. Understanding and Teaching the Lessons.
4. Weaving the Lessons into a Year-Long Writing Program.
5. Evaluating Student Writing (and Teaching Students to Score).
6. Using the Prompts in Larger-Scale Writing Assessments.
7. Learning from the Assessment Process.
PART TWO: THE LESSONS.
Writing to Discover and Reveal.
1. A Personal Oasis.
2. A Childhood Passion.
3. Something About Me You May Not Know.
4. Something I’ll Never Forget.
5. House on Fire.
6. A Personal Hero.
7. Lucky Breaks.
8. Responding to “Boar Out There”.
9. Responding to “The Cormorant’s Tale”.
10. Here’s Something Cool!
Writing to Support a Claim.
11. Junk Food Lunches?
12. Key to Success.
13. A School Improvement.
14. Unlikely Thieves.
15. Time to Go Alternative?
A. Student Exemplars.
B. Narrative Writing Strategies.
C. Persuasive Writing Pitfalls.
D. Writing Sample Form.
E. Batch Sheet Form.
Gerald Fleming is an award-winning teacher who has taught in the San Francisco Public Schools for over thirty years. He teaches secondary English, social studies, and journalism and also teaches curriculum and instruction at the University of San Francisco.
Responds to demand for quality test prep materials.
Offers students practice in completing timed writing activities.
Features engaging, cross-content writing topics.
Includes explicit assessment framework, rubrics and scoring guidelines.
Applies to most state content standards.
Helps build reading and literacy skills.
Easy to implement in any classroom.
—Dr. Thomas Bye, education consultant; author, On Location
"The authors inspire and prepare us to face the challenge of high stakes testing in writing with a thoughtful plan of instruction and assessment. Lessons are designed to build the essential skills students need to craft powerful and effective writing in on-demand situations."
—Marty Williams, co-director, Bay Area Writing Project