English Final Exam Essay Prompts For Elementary

Of all the resources we publish on The Learning Network, perhaps it’s our vast collection of writing prompts that is our most widely used resource for teaching and learning with The Times.

This list of 401 prompts (available here in PDF) is now our third iteration of what originally started as 200 prompts for argumentative writing, and it’s intended as a companion resource to help teachers and students participate in our annual Student Editorial Contest. (In 2017, the dates for entering are March 2 to April 4.)

So scroll through the hundreds of prompts below that touch on every aspect of contemporary life — from social media to sports, politics, gender issues and school — and see which ones most inspire you to take a stand. Each question comes from our daily Student Opinion feature, and each provides links to free Times resources for finding more information. And for even more in-depth student discussions on pressing issues like immigration, guns, climate change and race, please visit our fall 2016 Civil Conversation Challenge.

What’s your favorite question on this list? What questions should we ask, but haven’t yet? Tell us in the comments.

And visit our related list as well: 650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.


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2017 MCAS Sample Student Work and Scoring Guides

Below you will find scoring guides and samples of student work for released items from the spring 2017 MCAS tests. Scoring guides and student work samples are provided for the following item types: open-response items, constructed-response items, essay questions, and writing prompts (grade 10 ELA Composition only).

Annotations are included at all score points with the student work samples for the grades 3-8 ELA essay items and the grade 10 Composition and Reading Comprehension items.

Two different samples of student work have been included at the highest score point for all grades and subjects with a few exceptions: only one top-scoring sample has been released for Standard English Conventions for the ELA grades 3-8 essay items and the grade 10 ELA Composition; also, only one top-scoring sample has been released for Idea Development for the ELA grades 6 and 7 essay items, although it is anticipated that two top-scoring Idea Development samples will be included for these grades in future years.

The document Release of Spring 2017 MCAS Test Items contains all released items from the spring 2017 MCAS tests, as well as information about unreleased items. The document provides the following information about each released and unreleased operational item: reporting category, standard(s) covered, item type, and item description (where available). The document also lists any reference materials and tools that students were allowed to use during test sessions.

For more information see: Using This Online Tool

Question Directory for Student Work

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Last Updated: October 13, 2017

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