This PDF contains activities designed to teach students to analyze essay prompts for understanding. Too often students get lost in the wording of a prompt and don't understand what they are supposed to write about. In today's testing age, students can't afford to misinterpret prompts. This activity has students practice paraphrasing prompts for understanding, and it has them complete an analysis to help identify the genre, audience, length, and prewriting method. The goal of this activity is to empower students to know where to start when they are handed an essay assignment for class or on a test.