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Occurrences of prewriting as part of the writing assessment

 Grade 8
Grade 12

The content of the student's planning page shown below illustrates how the student engaged in prewriting activities by creating three lists: one of big inventions, one of small inventions, and one of inventions followed by ideas. For more information on this writing prompt and example student responses, see sample questions.

Hand written prewriting list: Big: space shuttles, computers, fuel efficient cars. Small: Scissors, books on tape, pocket dictionary. Computers > research, friends. Cars > moneyless gas, cleaner environment, save time. Television > political, an escape, informative.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2007 Writing Assessment.

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