Do your students struggle with reading and understanding complex writing prompts? When faced with these types of wordy prompts, my students struggled with comprehending what exactly they need to write about and often felt frustrated before they even began.
Once I taught them how to close read and break down a writing prompt, they were so much more successful. My students this year even ASK to practice close reading writing prompts now! They love that lightbulb feeling of knowing exactly what they're supposed to do.
This resource includes 15 unique writing prompts-5 per genre (narrative, informative, opinion) They're printed 4 to a page so you can use them as task cards or glue into interactive notebooks. I've also included a note guide for students to record the genre, the topic, and the requirements of each prompt.
I first started teaching students how to read and understand complex writing prompts when .I was a middle school ELA teacher. The first year my PLC and I implemented this, our state writing scores skyrocketed! And they continued to improve as we continued specifically teaching kids how to close read and break down the directions in writing prompts.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This resource is designed to teach students how to read and understand writing prompts. It does NOT include any sources for students to read about the topics mentioned in each prompt. If you are interested in taking any of the prompts through the writing process, I highly recommend NewsELA or ReadWorks for FREE articles and texts.
⭐ Informational Text Task Cards
⭐ Author's Purpose Task Cards
⭐ Book Tasting Menu
⭐ Close Read Writing Prompts
⭐ Close Read Writing Prompts Upper Elementary
⭐ Narrative Task Cards for Secondary ELA
⭐ Writing Prompts for Close Reading Middle School