Writing Assessment Topics


Topics from 1998-1999 Statewide Test

WRITING ASSESSMENT TOPICS

A.
1. Thousands of inventions or events over the years have changed the lives of people. Choose one invention or event and explain what changes it produced.

2. Pretend you are a pair of shoes. Make up a story about one of your days as a pair of shoes.

3. Write a paper to convince people in your neighborhood or community to create a place for kids to play.

B.
1. You probably know a lot about a hobby, activity or special interest. Explain your interest to someone who does not know much about it.

2. Tell a true story about a time a friend or family member did something unexpected or surprising.

3. Take a position on an environmental issue (pollution, endangered species, recycling or anything else) and convince your reader to agree with you.

C.
1. Thousands of inventions or events over the years have changed the lives of people. Choose one invention or event and explain what changes it produced.

2. Think of someone real or fictional that you would like to meet. Make up a story about your meeting.

3. Tell a true story about a person or an animal that you will remember for a long time.


CATEGORIES (also known as "modes" of writing):
1. EXPLANATORY (or Expository), "explain" -- Topics A1, B1
2. PERSUASIVE, "convince" -- Topics A3, B3
3. NARRATIVE, "tell a true story" -- Topics B2, C3
4. IMAGINATIVE, "make up a story" -- Topics A2, C2

Students' Writing Assessment Papers:


Student 1 - Z.A.
"My Dog Seiko" (Narrative, Topic C3)


Student 3 - D.A.
"How to Catch a Fish" (Explanatory, Topic B1)


Student 5 - N.A.
"Meeting Tony Hawk" (Imaginative, Topic C2)


Student 6 - B.B.
"Pokemon Cards" (Explanatory, Topic B1)


Student 7 - A.G.
"Brittney" (Narrative, Topic B2)


Student 8 - J.H.
"The Day I Met Michael Vick" (Imaginative, Topic C2)


Student 9 - C.H.
"When I Met DC Talk" (Narrative, Topic B2)


Student 10 - D.J.
"The Day I Met Dan Marino" (Imaginative, Topic C2)


Student 11 - O.K.
"The Good Friendship" (Narrative, Topic B2)


Student 12 - B.K.
"Quak Quak!" (Narrative, Topic B2)


Student 13 - J.K.
"The Day I Became Link in Zelda 64" (Imaginative, Topic C2)


Student 14 - R.L.
"My Cat" (Narrative, Topic C3)


Student 15 - C.P.
"Hit in the Head With a Golf Ball" (Narrative, Topic B2)


Student 16 - R.S.
"The Nikes of a Champion" (Imaginative, Topic A2)


Student 17 - A.V.
"The Wedding" (Narrative, Topic B2)


Student 18 - A.W.
"My Dog Lacey" (Narrative, Topic C3)


Student 19 - L.Y.
"Play Place" (Explanatory, Topic A3)


Student 20 - J.Y.
"Eagles" (Persuasive, B3)