It's that time again: cramming in the last few practice lessons to prepare students for the Virginia Writing SOL test. The pressure is on, and for many teachers that means repetitive structured writing instruction until the day of testing.
The options for the prompts are all released and published on the VDOE website, but teaching writing is much more involved than rogue memorization of prompts. Many Virginia 8th grade teachers don't get around to exposing students to a fraction of the released prompts. Since organization is key, my three-week writing boot camp in preparation for the assessment focuses on dissecting the prompts and allowing students to generate ideas based on the structure of the prompts.
I created this Google Doc so that students can input their prewriting directly into the format. They also have the ability to work on them from home on their own devices up until the day of the test. The idea is that they are as exposed to as many of the prompts they can be in a sd understand how they will map out their evidence and details.
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VA Grade 8 Writing Prompt Organizer
Va Grade 8 Prompt Outline