8 Easy Common Core Writing Lesson Plans

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I have something you can take back to your classroom, 8 simple common core writing assignments.


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I’ve given you a brief description of 8 simple writing assignments with a purpose. I also have graphic organizers, rubrics, and examples for each of the 8 assignments. Click the pic to find out more.

Here is an overview of 8 simple writing assignments with links. You’re welcome.

  1. Sonnet Writing Assignment. I’ve included a free sample, a sample that includes the lesson plan, a graphic organizer, an example, and a rubric. Students should have a rudimentary knowledge of sonnets before assigning them to write one. The rubric makes it easy to grade.
  2. Writing a Rhetorical Precis. Here’s the lesson overview. The 8 Easy Common Core Writing Lesson Plans Teacher Guide contains the lesson plan, handout with instructions, and a rubric.
  3. Twitter Writing Assignment. Here’s the lesson overview. The guide contains a graphic organizer (conveniently aligned to save paper) and a rubric as well. This one’s easy to grade and requires only a brief explanation.
  4. Add a Character Writing Assignment. As the name implies, this assignment requires writing a scene from a novel, story, or with an additional character. I’ll be adding an overview post soon. The guide contains a lesson plan, graphic organizer (with key), and a rubric.
  5. Convert Telling to Showing Sentences. This is a classic. The guide contains a lesson plan, and 2 graphic organizers.
  6. Quotations Writing Assignment. This is perfect for a timed writing. Just give students a handout (or make them find their own quotations) and your job is done. Of course, you still have to grade them (much easier to grade with a rubric). The guide contains a lesson plan, a handout with success quotes, a graphic organizer, and a rubric.
  7. Vocabulary Writing Assignment. You’ve probably done this before, perhaps as a time killer. Now it’s a time killer with a purpose aligned to the common core objectives. The guide contains a lesson plan and a rubric. It can be combined with any vocabulary assignment.
  8. Point of View and Conflict Writing Assignment. I love it when I come across a good assignment. I found this one a couple weeks ago, improved it with a graphic organizer and a rubric, and allowed learning to take place. It simply involves writing about three different kinds of conflict using two different points of view.

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