Writer's Workshop: Grades 5-8

Writer's Workshop Resources for Malden by Grade level:


Persuasive Writing Unit
Persuasive Writing Rubric
Persuasive Writing Online Graphic Organizer

Scaffolded Writing Templates for ELLs

Writing and Common Core:

Academic Writing Resources for Professional Development:


PARCC’s 5 criteria for assessment: reading comprehension; development of ideas; organization; clarity of language; and knowledge of conventions. The rubric also addresses specific grade-level language standards for expected mastery.

Grade 1 Checklist Rubric w_Cover
Grade 2 Checklist Rubric w_Cover
Grade 3 Checklist Rubric w_Cover
Grade 4 Checklist Rubric w_Cover
Grade 5 Checklist Rubric w_Cover
Grades 6-11 Checklist Rubric w_Cover

PARCC Writing Rubrics: http://www.parcconline.org/sites/parcc/files/Grade4-5ELACondensedRubricFORANALYTICANDNARRATIVEWRITING.pdf


CCSS ELA/Literacy Writing Standards Organization
The 10 anchor standards for writing in the CCSS for English Language Arts/Literacy are grouped into four sections. For each section, I’ll give a brief explanation of the standards and indicate how many writing anchor standards are contained in each section. Additional descriptions and details are available in the standards document.
  1. Text Types and Purposes: There are three modes of writing: argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative. Depending on the mode, students analyze topics or texts, convey complex ideas, and/or develop real or imagined experiences or events. (3 standards)
  2. Production and Distribution of Writing: Students produce and distribute writing in a variety of ways. They produce clear and coherent writing; plan, revise, edit, and rewrite; and use technology to publish their work and to collaborate. (3 standards)
  3. Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Students focus on conducting and writing about research. They conduct a range of research projects, use relevant information culled from a variety of sources, and use evidence gathered from literary and informational texts to support their research. (3 standards)
  4. Range of Writing: Students must write routinely for a range of audiences and purposes. Their writing experience should include a variety of assignment lengths and project types. (1 standard)