I’m preparing to help a K-8 school administer and score on-demand narrative writing assessments. We’ll be using the on-demand writing performance assessment prompt from Writing Pathways. I noticed (on page 22 and again on page 182) all K-8 students are expected to complete the assessment in 45 minutes. As someone who only taught upper elementary grades, 45 minutes seems like a long time to expect students in grades K-2 to sit and work on one piece of narrative writing. I’m sure some kids can use work diligently that entire time, but I’m wondering if the vast majority will…
I was hoping to get some guidance from primary teachers about the time frame you think is appropriate for an on-demand writing assessment, given in September, in grades K-2. How much time do you think K-2 students should have to complete an on-demand narrative writing assessment? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment. THANK YOU!
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).