The University of Iowa

Writing Standards

Uses age/grade appropriate writing skills to plan, revise, edit, and publish writing for a variety of purposes.

Understanding and Responding to Writing Prompts Guide

Learn about different writing prompts, the five components of a writing prompt, and the writing skills to be taught in order for students to respond to prompts of different genres.

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Supporting Your Children's and Teens' Home Learning Guide

In order to support families as schools provide virtual instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, this guide offers tips on establishing home learning areas, improving the home-based learning experience, and utilizing web resources for students kindergarten-Grade 6 and Grades 7-12 in the subjects of English-language arts, science, social studies, and history. Web resources for assistive technology for home learning are also included for students with reading disabilities.

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Improve Your Writing Using Mentor Texts

Questions about a mentor text guide discussion, help students organize their thoughts, and identify techniques and approaches from the example of good writing that students can use. The organizer can be used in a group or individual setting.

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Example Student Graph for Progress Monitoring

Teachers can use this graph to record writing goals and progress toward those goals with their students. A partially completed graph is also included to demonstrate how teachers and students can use the tool.

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Assessing Student Writing

An introductory guide about using correct writing sequences (CWS) and incorrect writing sequences (IWS) as measures of student writing.

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Sample Plan for Timed Writing Sessions

This plan introduces picture-word prompts for practicing writing fluency and modeling how to use them for one-on-one and small-group instruction. Also includes providing students with feedback and progress monitoring. Related blog post.

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