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This free PDF contains 45 essay prompts! There are 15 well laid out prompts for argumentative, informative and persuasive. Each format also includes a rubric for easy grading! These prompts are versatile and can be used to fill a variety of needs! They make wonderful beginning of the year diagnostics to discover where your students’ writing abilities are, and are great to use as a summative assessment after going over a specific writing format. Additionally, they can be used for an independent writing project that allows for students to research their topic.
Lastly, they are also excellent to have on file for those days that require quick emergency sub plans!
There are many kinds of topics for students to choose from to maximize student engagement and output!
These prompts, rubrics and essay formats cover the follow Common Core State Standards:
Text Types and Purposes:
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Production and Distribution of Writing:
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge:
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Conventions of Standard English:
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
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