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Teacher Tips and Answers

Writing an Essay for Assessment

Some tests ask you to write an essay response to articles you have closely read. The following activity will help you practice.

Analyze an essay prompt.

Read the following prompt, answer the PAST questions, write a focus statement, and list details. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

  1. Read the writing prompt.
  2. Imagine that your teacher has assigned you to write an explanatory essay about the lives of monarch butterflies. You will be using the sources in this unit. Focus your thinking about monarch butterflies and create an essay. Include details from the sources to support your ideas.

  3. Answer the PAST questions.
  4. Purpose?

    To explain details using sources to support my ideas


    Teacher and class


    The lives of monarch butterflies


    Explanatory essay

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