Attention Virginia 8th grade English teachers!
This activity is an excellent way to make the kids get familiar with the prompts WITHOUT having to grade more essays. I have my students number the DOE released prompts 1-44, and then identfy these sample statements, saying which numbered prompt they are addressing. They also have to identify thesis statements, supporting details, and concluding statements AND identify the transtion words. (DOE just LOVES transition words, don't they?)