This assessment works incredibly well for an end-of-quarter or end-of-semester exam. Students will select two to three works they have studied in your class (short stories or novels) and utilize them to address one of the six prompts. Students can choose whichever prompt they want, and they will build their own essay from there.
This assessment aligns well with the AP exam and the IB Paper Two exam. It will help prepare students for both of those tests.
I utilize the AP Lit and Lang rubric to grade it OR the IB Paper Two rubric (depending on the class).
*You can use this resource for an in-class, timed essay or you can make it into an extended writing assessment and have it span several class periods.