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, reference materials, charts, 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 "response to literature" because the student will be forced to analyze aspects of the texts, compare/contrast them, connect to schema, and support their thoughts from at least two of the three texts on the page.
The readability of the text is about fourth grade level however the demands of the prompt may lend itself to be appropriate for 4th/5th grade students since this style of writing is new to most children.
These prompts are great for a pre-assessment, test prep, writing practice, and for work a tutor can use with his/her students. This prompt could also be used with gifted third graders for enrichment/challenge.