This is a paired passage set followed by an informative/explanatory prompt. I designed it during "crunch time" to help my students prepare for the CCSS writing assessment. There are three different text sources related to the same topic, a writing prompt (opinion), a planning sheet, and blank lined writing pages that are similar to what students will see on the day of assessment.
You can used this set for instructional purposes or as a mock writing test. Hope you and your students find it helpful!