Eight Essay Prompts
These are essay prompts I've used in my own classroom; therefore, you will probably want to customize portions of the essay prompts (like places where my name occurs, for example) to create more of a custom fit for your own classroom. Included in this set are . . .
--Approaches to Reading Literature. This essay prompt assumes students have read some literature (in this case, American literature), and have some understanding of what makes literature literature. Students choose titles from the literature book and explain how certain literary reading strategies can unlock the meaning of the texts.
--Critical Review. Students develop criteria for rating short stories and apply that criteria to the stories of their choice.
--Descriptive Essay. A shorter essay focused on descriptive writing.
--Division and Classification Essay--with Poems. Students create categories that poems might be placed in, place poems in the categories they have created, and justify each poem's placement in within its category.
--Franklin's Virtues Essay. In his Autobiography, Franklin listed thirteen virtues. Students argue which virtue of the thirteen is most important.
--Historical Investigation Essay. This particular historical investigation asks students to research various aspects of Native American life and history.
--Lit-Based Cause-Effect Essay. Students select short stories and explain how cause-effect relationships operate in the stories of their choice.
--Writing a Character Sketch. Students choose characters from short stories and create character sketches using literary terms.
--Setting Up a Paper and Typing Conventions. This one is not an essay prompt, but the material in this handout can be added to any essay prompt.