How to Write A STAAR Styled Persuasive Essay Prompt (Quiz Grade)
For this assignment, you will need to be a test maker and create your own persuasive essay
prompt that is related to the book you’re reading this six weeks. Your prompt needs to be
on a topic that has two different viewpoints that can be argued reasonably. It does not need
to be really specific since the STAAR prompts are fairly general.
You will have to have the following elements that mimic the STAAR test.
A relevant quote from your novel that gets students thinking about the issue in your
prompt. (30 points)
A think about section that presents both sides of the argument. (30 points)
The prompt where you tells students exactly what to write about. (30 points)
It must also be formatted like the STAAR – veranda 10 point font with a box around
the quote (10 points)
See the example below
Quote from your book
(30 points)
Read the following quotation.
The more that you read, the more things you will
know. The more that you learn, the more places
you’ll go. —from I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
by Dr. Seuss
The “think
about” part of
the prompt
(30 points)
The actual
(30 points)
Think carefully about the following statement.
According to Dr. Seuss, knowledge leads to new opportunities.
Write an essay stating your position on whether learning always has a positive effect
on a person’s life.
Be sure to —
• state your position clearly
• use appropriate organization
• provide specific support for your argument
• choose your words carefully
• edit your writing for grammar, mechanics, and spelling