Choosing a Writing or Tuhituhi prompt

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Use your professional judgement when choosing a prompt to ensure that it is appropriate for your students. While you are creating your writing test, you can click on the thumbnail images next to the test name to view each prompt.

Think about possible sources of difficulty, such as, the level of abstract thought required. For example, Community Facility, which is the focus of one prompt, is a highly abstract term. Also consider the complexity of the structure appropriate to the purpose. For example, narrating requires the writer to use a more complex structure than describing or recounting.

Some prompts will suit older students because they cover topics relating to the wider world. Others are better suited to younger students. The recounting prompts (Whānau and family time, Time with friends, and What I did well) and three of the describing prompts (Girl, Adult and child, and Dogs at the beach) are written in slightly simplified language because of the likelihood that they will be used by teachers of younger students.