This breaks down the March 2016 STAAR Released Expository prompt into smaller tasks so that students can apply meaningful examples that are effectively connected by a strong thesis.
I showed clips of famous Disney friendships (Woody & Buzz, Ariel & Sebastian, Dory & Marlin, etc.) and asked students to take notes on elements of friendship.
Students were able to better grasp the prompt by thinking "backwards" and examining examples BEFORE creating a thesis. I ask the kids "what does this example teach us about friendship?" And that becomes their thesis.