The new common core standards and PARCC assessments will require students to relate their story and essay writing to two-three passages of text. The text may be nonfiction, fiction, reference materials, quotes, or poetry.
This writing prompt contains three texts for the student to read (very short) and specific writing prompt directions. The type of writing the students will be composing will fall under the category "narrative" because the student will be forced to respond to a question by creating a personal experience story, supporting it with schema, and supporting it with information from at least two of the three texts on the page.
The reading level of the text is third grade level given the new common core lexile bands however the demands of the prompt may lend itself to be appropriate for 4th grade students since this style of writing is new to most children.
These prompts are also great for a pre-assessment and for work a tutor can use with his/her students.