A collection of formal writing prompts I’ve been working on off and on for several years is finally nearing completion.
Each prompt in the collection is a self-contained expository writing lesson for teenage and adult writers who aren’t yet competent expository writers.
The collection contains 20 formal prompts on English Language Arts topics including grammar, literature, research skills, and a few crossover prompts that let students join ELA content to content from other disciplines.
In preparing the prompts, I’ve tried to balance writing difficulties against cognitive difficulties so that students who have not yet achieved competence as expository writers aren’t overwhelmed by having too many difficult challenges in a single assignment.
In addition to the students’ material, each prompt has a page of related material to help teachers shepherd students through using the prompt. The teacher material includes a chart showing how the prompt aligns with both
- The Common Core State Standards and
- A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (2001, Anderson and Krathwohl).
If I don’t have any technical difficulties this week, all 20 of the prompts should be ready for a final edit this time next week.
I’ll keep you posted.