This prompt asks students to write with extra-curricular activities in mind, choosing if participation is more beneficial or too much of a distraction for kids. This prompt is very high interest and students love to debate this topic before writing the essay (if you let them!)
This prompt can be used as STAAR test practice, or as any other persuasive essay for your class. I used this with 10th grade students, but it could be used for any grade in high school.
The prompt is formatted similar to how the students will see it on the STAAR test.