This 8-page document is great preparation and practice for the 2014 Common Core English Regents Part 2 for New York State. The document includes directions similar to the samples from engageny.org with the task question of: Should the government help the poor by giving them money? Also included is information on how to read actively, and 3 documents from reliable sources regarding poverty and how to solve the issue. Please understand that this is not a lesson plan, nor does it give directions on how to write the essay task. This is simply a shortened practice version to integrate into class. It's great for a lesson before having students do their own independent research, work on claim writing, or outlining. Thanks for your interest.