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Breaking Down the Writing Prompt

With Practice Prompts

Keith Schoen

on 22 April 2013

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Breaking Down the Writing Prompt Key Words to Look For:
Write to persuade...
Urge your readers...
Give the point of view...
Argue... Key Words to Look For:
Explain the...
Write about a person...
Write to explain why...
Give Reasons... Key Words to Look For:
Write a narrative about...
Make up a story...
Tell a true story...
Write a story...
From your own experience, tell about...
Recount what happened... Persuasive Expository Narrative 4 kinds of prompts/essays Key Words to Look For:
5 senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste) Descriptive 1. Read the Prompt Carefully

2. Find the Key Word or Words

3. Restate the Prompt in YOUR OWN WORDS

Ex: Identify an activity, such as a hobby, pastime or sport, you enjoy or do well. Explain what you do and why you chose the activity. Understanding the Prompt Narrative Prompt Examples 1. Your teacher comes into the room and places a book on the desk. The book begins to move.
Write about what adventure occurs when the book is opened and tell what you learn from this adventure. 2. Imagine a world where there was no money. What would people do? What would life be like? Write a story about living in a world without money. Descriptive Prompt Examples 1. Think of what your school is like at lunchtime. Describe clearly to a friend what the place is like at lunchtime so your friend can imagine what it is like to be there. 2. While visiting the zoo you encounter an animal that no one has ever seen before. Describe the animal. Expository Prompt Examples 1. Many people believe that we “…appreciate something that we earn more than something we are given.”
Clarify to your classmates why this statement is true and tell how it might relate to them. 2. It is very important for a sixth grader to be organized in school.
Explain to a younger student how to be organized and tell why being organized is important for a student. Persuasive Prompt Examples 1. Your community is searching for a student to send to the capitol to represent the young people of your town. Choose someone you feel is a good student leader.
Convince your community to agree with your choice. 2. Eating the proper foods is very important in order to stay healthy. Often, young people like to eat junk foods and they do not eat healthy fruits and vegetables.
Urge your friends that a balanced diet is important in staying healthy. Structuring Your Responses Persuasive
Descriptive Introduction:
Restate Topic
State good arguments
Transition sentence Persuasive, Expository, Descriptive Structure Body Paragraphs:
Transitions at beginning and end of paragraph
Develop one argument (persuasive), explanation/reason (expository), focus points (descriptive) in each paragraph. Restate the argument, then develop with examples or proof
Use spectacular vocab
Creativity in writing is a good thing
Boring = low score Conclusion:
Restate the topic again, but use different words from the introduction
One-sentence conclusion
End with a "ZINGER" Narrative Structure Beginning:
A Grabber to hook your reader
Describe or "set-up" the scene
Introduce characters Middle:
Develop the story, and identify at least ONE specific incident or event/happening
Keep events in correct order of time
Include rich descriptions
Action takes place in the middle
A conversation, and/or humor can also be used in the middle of the story End:
Bring the story to a close
Refer to events from beginning and middle
happy ending
humorous comment Lets Practice - What type of writing prompt is it?

- Create with the appropriate structure for the essay type Some of the parents at your school have started a campaign to limit the homework that teachers
can assign to students. Teachers at your school have argued that the homework is necessary. What is your position? Write a paper to convince your teacher of your position. We all remember certain people because they are interesting. Choose one interesting or unusual person you have known, and explain what makes that person so interesting to you. Think of a specific test that you took that you felt unprepared for and tell a true story about what happened. Your paper should help readers understand what it felt like to be unprepared. What makes a good leader? Explain what you think leadership is all about and what makes certain people better leaders that others. Support your definition of a good leader with examples so the reader clearly understands what you mean.
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