A difficulty I found with the Reading Street essays provided is that they require the students to base their writing off of these long stories and extended texts. This essay prompt requires a copy of the excerpts provided for the CCR test from Unit 2 Week 2 (Hold the Flag High) and Unit 2 Week 5 (Midnight Ride of Paul Revere). Using those two excerpts gives a word count of around 1160 for both.
Again, I've included a check-off guide for required sentences (including text evidence) for the student to use as they write their essay. Hints are given on how to organize thoughts and how to use these 2 texts to write an informative 4 paragraph essay on these literary excerpts.