This template can be used in two ways. It can be used as a lesson planning tool for the teacher to develop a complete prompt requiring critical thinking by the students. It calls for learning goals, author's role, intended audience, chosen format, and subject/theme/topic. A second use provides for student choice, increasing student engagement. Students can be provided with the learning goals and asked to create the rest of the prompt themselves (with teacher approval). The accompanying learning scale is a perfect rubric for students and for the teacher. Monitoring student progress, measuring student growth, and celebrating student success is simple with these tools. This is perfect for classrooms following the Marzano model.