This is a writing assignment I use with my 8th grade ELA classes. In our textbook are two texts that can be found online: Position on Dodgeball in Physical Education by National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and The Weak Shall Inherit The Gym by Rick Reilly.
My students read, annotated, and analyzed both texts using nonfiction's 3 Big Questions.
I then gave each one a STAAR lined paper, one sided, and they had to respond with textual evidence.
This assignment also offers sentence stems and things to ponder.
There are 2 copies per 1 sheet. I slice this in half to save paper.