This is what I use as one of the first writing assignments that I give grade 9's or 10's - to help them look at expository writing.
It is a perfect intro to Short Stories where we look deeply into THEMES or moral lessons in stories.
It's a great way to introduce lessons on paragraph writing before this assignment is given.
There's also a creative MEDIA part to the project where students create a title page for their response, that reflects the theme.
These look great posted up in the classroom - almost like motivational posters!
NOTE - there's a rubric included as well for the media portion.