There are 21 writing prompts that resembles the STAAR writing test format. Each prompt also contains a form to generate ideas and plan the composition. Use the form in this way:
1) After read and understand the prompt ask the students to think about 3 different things the could write in regards the prompt. The students will write this three ideas on the first part of the form.
2) The students must consider which idea can they develop better. Ask this questions. Are you really familiar with this idea? Can you provide enough specific details?
3) Choose a topic and write the main idea
4) Write 3 supporting ideas.
The supporting ideas must explain the main idea. For instance, if the main idea is "my favorite animal is the dog" The supporting ideas should respond: BECAUSE: "They can learn a lot of tricks". Each supporting idea has to be developed in one paragraph of the composition.
The prompts are also available in other formats: on slides and as menus.