Timed writing requires a unique process, one that is different from a take-home essay. For one, students cannot take their essays home, nor can they discuss their ideas with others. Time is also a factor. Students usually have one week to write a take-home essay. Then, they are given time to revise and publish a final draft.

In a timed situation, students must learn how to write a competent essay in 40-60 minutes. The process outline here will help students develop this skill.

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Step-By-Step Process

Plan your lesson Plan your lesson

Planning Journal

Teach the skill Teach the skill

Student Activity
Interactive Lesson

Differentiate and support learning Differentiate and support learning

Reading Rubrics

Assess and track growth Assess and track growth

Performance Tracker
Teacher Reflection

Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

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