The new common core standards will require students to relate their story and essay writing to two-three passages of text. The text may be nonfiction, fiction, articles, charts, quotes, or poetry. In line with PARCC demands.
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 "response to literature" because the student will be forced to reflect on their knowledge of characters/character traits and structure of a text along with connecting to personal schema. Part of the prompt will require texts to text connections.
I added a ton of support in the prompt directions.
The reading level of the text is 3rd/4th grade (due to the poetry), however, depending on the experience level of your students with understanding poetry, character traits, and reflective writing, this prompt could be used with 4th or 5th grade students. It can be used for home schooling or tutoring as well as in the classroom. The directions are detailed, involving multiple steps and critical thinking. It was made with 3rd grade (end of year third graders) in mind because the essay construction itself has so many components.
Check out my Response to Literature Grade 3 Prompt Pack with three other, different prompts! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grade-3-Response-to-Literature-Common-Core-Prompt-Pack-648814
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