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501 Writing Prompts

501 Writing Prompts

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or proposals. Expository writingis explanatory. You select information
from oral, written, or electronic text and organize it to show that you under-
stand a concept. Expository writing is the type of writing you create for term
papers, essays, or letters. Most standardized tests often include an expository
prompt. Narrative writingis a type of writing that requires you to tell a
story that describes an event or relates a personal experience. A good narra-
tive should have convincing characters, a plot, and a theme. You may be
asked to write a narrative of personal experience on your college placement
essay. If you write a literary responseessay, you will have to read and ana-
lyze a piece of literature and then make comments based on the literal and
implied interpretations of the text. If you are taking a state assessment test,
you may find yourself facing a literary response essay.
Second, learn how to score your essay. For your reference, there is a scor-
ing guide—often called a rubric—in each chapter of this book. To deter-
mine your score, simply refer to the categories on the scoring guide to see
how your writing measures up. If you have difficulty figuring out your
score, ask someone knowledgeable, like a teacher, counselor, writing coach,
college professor, or even your boss, to help you.
And last, check some of the model essays provided in this book. There
are sample essays available for all of the bold-faced prompts throughout the
book. The samples provide a look at a top essay, a middle-of-the road essay,
and a low-scoring essay. You can use these as benchmarks to compare and
contrast your writing.

Make a Commitment

If you are willing to practice your writing skills, you have already taken an
important step toward improving your writing. As you work through some
of the prompts in this book, you may feel confident in your attempts. How-
ever, if you feel that you need more instruction before you tackle some of
these writing assignments, refer to some of the other LearningExpress titles:

Better Writing Right Now, Express Yourself, 501 Grammar and Writing Questions,
Research & Writing Skills Success in 20 Minutes a Day, or Getting Down to Busi-
ness. A basic knowledge of language will also help you become a better writer.
Use these books to get the extra practice you need: 501 Vocabulary Questions,
501 Synonyms and Antonyms, 501 Word Analogies, Goof-Proof Spelling,or Goof-
Proof Grammar.


501Writing Prompts


Writing Prompts


Chooseoneofthe persuasive writing prompts from the list

below and write an essay. A certain number of prompts have model
essays in the answer section that you can use to compare and con-
trast your writing. A scoring guide, or rubric, is also included in the answer
section. You can use this guide to give you an idea of the way your essay may
be graded. If you have trouble interpreting the scoring guide, see a teacher
or professor for help. Sample responses to the prompts in bold can be found
at the end of the section.

1.Many people believe that television violence has a negative effect
on society because it promotes violence. Do you agree or disagree?
Use specific reasons and examples to support your response.

2.According to some people, elderly drivers should be required to
reapply for their driving licenses because with age comes
diminished vision, hearing, and reaction time. How do you feel
about this issue? Explain what you think should be done and why.


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