Writing Prompt: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

Writing Prompt: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
This writing prompt asks American Literature students to pen a 6-sentence argument defending comedy or drama as a genre before or after reading the short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” It also works well with other writings of Twain’s and that of other humorists.

This prompt can used as an in-class writing assignment or for homework. The value assigned is 20 points.

The handout includes a scoring guide with related Common Core State Standards.

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Common Core State Standards
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.1.d: Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.1.e: Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

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Other Writing Prompts
Jack London’s “To Build a Fire”
Deal with the Devil
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death”
Self-Improvement

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Keywords
Mark Twain, Jumping, Frog, Calaveras, short stories, writing prompt, journal prompt, humor, comedy, drama, short answer, short essay, argument, American lit, Missouri author
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3
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
40 Minutes

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