This product contains writing prompts and discussion questions for Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse. Discussion questions are printable or projectable higher-order thinking questions that require students to analyze and evaluate the text. Seventeen pages of questions are organized by correlating page number in the book. Students are then able to apply their ideas though five essay and letter writing tasks. Writing topics include symbolism, courage, character growth, title meaning, and forgiveness. A scoring rubric is included for writing tasks.