Our interactive Prompt Builder provides the support classroom teachers need to create text-dependent as well as open ended prompts.

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Once you click on a template, use the field below to edit, revise, or add content to the template. The Context field gives you a place to add information about the audience or writing situation. The Context field can be left blank. When your prompt is finished, simply copy and paste it into a document or presentation.


You might want to provide one or two introductory sentences about the text, the context in which the text was written, or provide a context from which the student must write.

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Sample text-dependent Prompts

Sample 1

Write a letter to a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve education in underdeveloped countries. As part of your letter, share with the organization what David Brown’s reporting reveals about the level of education a mother receives and how her education correlates with the health of her children. Explain the long-term social implications of women completing more years of education. Based on the article, make a recommendation as to how the organization can help better educate women in struggling nations in order to improve the lives, health, and wealth of a nation.

Sample 2

What problem does Renee Schoof introduce in her article “Warmer oceans taking toll on world’s coral reefs”? Explain the leading causes of the problem and account for the most significant effects. As part of your paper, identify and summarize the solution(s) to the problem. Does Renee Schoof seem optimistic? Explain.

Sample 3

As more and more Americans struggle financially, some politicians are turning their focus to illegal immigration. Lately, politicians have challenged what is known as the “birthright citizenship” law, granted by the 14th Amendment in 1868. According to Michael Matza’s reporting, what are politicians saying is the problem with this law? What are the proponents of immigration reform offering as a solution? Who should be concerned with this problem and what does the author want his readers to do as a result of reading this text?

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