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Too many students give writing prompts a quick glance and just start writing without a plan. Teaching students how to dissect and analyze writing prompts gives them a specific plan to follow before they begin to write. Teach them CUBS, a Writing Prompt Analysis Strategy that uses a mnemonic device that they will easily remember when they encounter prompts in your assignments or on their state tests. CUBS stands for
C: Circle key words
U: Underline the "Do This"
B: Box the action word in the "Do This"
S: Strategies my writing plan