Paired Texts with Writing Prompts

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Paired Texts with Writing Prompts: This resource contains 4 paired texts and four matching writing prompts.

#1: 2 reading passages related to Annie Oakley
Prompt: Adults often give young people advice based on lessons they have learned from their own life experiences. If Annie Oakley was alive today, what advice do you think she would give children who are about your age? After reading the following texts, write an essay that tells the advice you think Annie Oakley would give. Plan and write an essay using details from the text to support your statements.

#2: 2 realistic fiction passages
Prompt: After reading the following two passages, compare and contrast them. Plan an explanatory essay that tells how the two texts are alike, and how they are different. Then, write an essay using details from the text to support your statements. Be sure to include statements about the characters, themes, and settings of each text.

#3: 2 nonfiction passages related to school calendars
Prompt: After reading “School Calendars: The Debate” and “The School Board’s Decision”, do you think your school should follow a traditional school calendar or a YRE (year-round extended) school calendar next year? After stating your position, write a letter to your principal explaining your opinion. Provide text evidence to support your reasoning.

#4: 2 nonfiction passages related to Emily Dickinson and Robert Louis Stevenson
Prompt: Read the following texts. Compare and contrast the lives of Emily Dickinson and Robert Louis Stevenson. Plan an explanatory essay that tells how their lives were similar, and how they were different. Then, write an essay using details from the text to support your statements.

Sample responses are included along with graphic organizers.

These prompts and reading passageswere created to specifically address Common Core State Standard RL.5.3: Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact). (They can be used with multiple upper elementary and middle school grade levels, though.)

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This resource was created to help prepare upper elementary and middle school students for writing tests in which they have to read paired passages and write a response.

I received the following note from Kaitlin regarding this resource: I wanted to post a comment for other teachers who might be in a similar situation. Our state writing test requires students to read two text and then write an on demand writing response. I was able to use your Writing on Demand PowerPoint as well as your amazing paired text passages to create perfect practice prompts with reading. I would encourage you to share this option with your followers as it was a game changer. Thank you!


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This resource is also included in my PAIRED TEXTS BUNDLE. {CLICK HERE.}

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Feel free to check out my other Paired Texts resources:

Paired Texts PowerPoint (with a companion handout!)

Compare and Contrast Paired Texts Craftivity

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Paired Texts with Writing Prompts
Paired Texts with Writing Prompts
Paired Texts with Writing Prompts
Paired Texts with Writing Prompts