On this page:
- Evaluate which skills students need to practice most
- Discover activities by state standard
- Assign activities to prepare students for STAAR questions
Evaluate which skills students need to practice most
On the Planning Diagnostics page, you’ll find pre-made planning diagnostics aligned to your state's standards for each grade, as well as to the ACT and SAT.
Your diagnostic results will help you identify which language skills students need to practice most and assign work to reinforce those skills.
From your diagnostic results page, we recommend starting a unit on a given skill and track students' progress through a short diagnostic, practice, and growth quiz. (Check out our Example Unit Plan for one way you could plan units based on the results of a Planning Diagnostic.)
Discover activities by state standard
If you already know which specific standards your students need to work on, browse activities on our Standards & Tests alignment page.
Assign activities to prepare students for STAAR questions
Check out our Texas STAAR alignment page to browse writing activities taken from real past tests.
Support students with Revising and Editing items
Support students on the essay
Within each grade you'll find Guided Draft assignments you can use to prepare students for essay-writing.
In these assignments, students will write on real past test prompts, and you will grade them on the official rubric.
Our Guided Drafts provide just-in-time tips and examples as students write practice essays. Learn more about Guided Drafts.
Some best practices for using these assignments include:
- Go over the rubric with students in class. For example, you could project your screen and show students a preview of the rubric tab in the assignment.
- Start by using one of these Guided Drafts as an untimed assignment, allowing students to take advantage of all of our tips and lessons to support strong writing.
Then, once students are more comfortable with writing essays on state test prompts, you can challenge students to use less of the Guided Drafts support (tutorials, tips, and lessons) as they write.
When you feel your students are ready to write without any support, try using a Quick Write assignment instead.