Do your students struggle to identify mode? This hands-on sorting activity will help them to read prompts and recognize the narrative format compared to an expository prompt. Taking the STAAR writing test for the first time? Are you worried that your students may answer all the essay questions in the same way? Help your students to identify the different styles of writing using manipulatives to categorize and identify prompts. Students are able to self-check their answers with the attached answer cards.