Oregon Department of Education

CCSS Toolkit: ELA/Literacy Claim 2 Sample Summative Items (6-8)


CCSS Toolkit

Claim 2: Students can produce effective and well-grounded writing for a range of purposes and audiences.



These sample items have been provided by Smarter Balanced as preliminary examples of the types of items that students might encounter on the summative assessment. Each item includes a reference to the target standard(s) it addresses, the student text, and evaluation rubrics, where appropriate.

SR = Selected Response     CR = Constructed Response     ER = Extended Response     TE = Technology Enhanced     PT = Performance Task    


Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Zoo Meeting (SR) Old House (CR) In-house (SR)
Developing Characters (DRAFT PT) Narrating History (DRAFT PT) Fan Fiction (DRAFT PT)
Orangutans (SR)
Invasive Plants (DRAFT PT) Animals and Tool Use (DRAFT PT) Positive Digital Footprint (DRAFT PT)
An Argumentative Paragraph (SR) What is a School Year? (CR)
Genetically Modified Food (DRAFT PT) Graphic Novels (PT) Robot Pets (PT)
Alternative to a Vague Word (SR) Driving Age Letter (SR) Student Text for Revision (SR)
Short Story Excerpt (TE)
Uncle Sam (SR) Sentence Errors (SR) Student Text for Revision (SR)
School Sentence (TE)