EXPLANATORY WRITING: SAMPLE PROMPTS

7th Grade

 

Sample #1 - May be used with 6th-8th grade students

Many students enjoy doing something special for their family and friends. For example, they may take care of their younger sibling or help to cook a favorite meal.

Write an essay that describes something special that you would like to do for your family or friends.  Explain why this would be something special and how your family or friends might react.  Be sure to include details and facts to support your explanation.

Sample #2 - May be used with 6th-8th grade students

As part of a language arts class assignment, you have been asked to consider how the following question is related to you.

"If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." - Anonymous

Write as essay explaining what this quotation means to you.  Use details and examples in your essay.

Sample #3 - May be used with 6th-8th grade students

Life can be full of pleasant surprises.  Identify a time when you experienced a pleasant surprise.

Write an essay about a time when you experienced a pleasant surprise.  Explain why this surprise was unexpected and how it affected your life in a positive way.  Be sure to explain your choice by using details and examples.

Sample #4 - May be used with 6th-8th grade students

Consider how the following question is related to you.

"It is not enough to have a good mind.  The main thing is to use it well." - Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Write as essay explaining what this quotation means to you.  Use details and examples in your essay.

Sample #5 - May be used with 7th grade students

You have been asked to consider how the following quotation is related to you.

"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment."--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 –1882)

Write an essay explaining what this quotation means to you. Use details and examples in your essay.

Sample #6 - May be used with 6th-8th grade students

Consider how the following quotation is related to you.

"Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there."--Will Rogers, Cherokee-American, cowboy, comedian, and actor

Write an essay for your language arts teacher explaining what this quotation means to you. Use details, reasons, and examples in your explanation.

 

 

 

 

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