Navigating the Student Writing Samples in Appendix C of the ELA Standards

By Jared Myracle

Part of Common Core Standards For Parents For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Appendix C of the English Language Arts Common Core Standards offers student writing examples that may help you and your child better understand the standards. Here’s an overview of what you’ll find and some thoughts on how to use the appendix.

  • Review the student writing samples: The writing samples contained in Appendix C are organized from kindergarten to Grade 12. The table of contents in Appendix C indicates the type of writing (argument, informative/explanatory, or narrative) and the subject of each piece of writing. You’ll also see feedback on each piece of writing that will help you and your child better understand the expectations of the writing standards.

  • Use the samples for practice: One great way to use the writing samples is to let your child write to similar prompts. After she does that, you can compare her work to the samples in Appendix C and the expectations of the standards.

  • Evaluate the samples: Build familiarity with the standards by seeing how well your child can evaluate a writing sample and determine if the sample meets a particular standard.