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Grade 9 Sample Passage and Prompt


Grade: 9

CSO: RLA.O.9.2.1: compose narrative, informative, descriptive, persuasive writing from a prompt using the five-step writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, publishing).

Genre: Descriptive

21st Century Emphasis: Communication Skills

Lexile: 1160L





DIRECTIONS: Read the passage and prompt and type a composition in the box below.




PASSAGE:

Extreme Weather


Many areas have begun to experience extreme weather conditions throughout the year. The winter might be filled with many days of cold temperatures and massive amounts of snow, while the summer might have several days of 100-degree temperatures and little precipitation.
In the winter, many people want nothing more than to find some way of staying cozy and warm. In the summer, people want to try to get outside and find a way to avoid the sweltering temperatures and oppressive heat.





PROMPT: Choose one day, either in the winter or summer, in which you imagine such extreme weather. Write an essay in which you vividly describe this day. What sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures do you encounter on this day? How do you escape from the extreme weather of the day you chose?








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WESTEST 2 Online Writing

Grade 9 Sample Passage and Prompt

Grade: 9

CSO: RLA.O.9.2.1: compose narrative, informative, descriptive, persuasive writing from a prompt using the five-step writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, publishing).

Genre: Informative

21st Century Emphasis: Health and Wellness Literacy

Lexile: 1170L





DIRECTIONS: Read the passage and prompt and type a composition in the box below.




PASSAGE:

Healthy Living


Obesity rates have reached an all-time high, and Americans have been encouraged to adopt healthier lifestyles. West Virginia, especially, has a large number of people with high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease which may be a result of their unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise.

Teens, especially, are at risk. Because many young people are involved in sports, they believe that they don’t need to worry about their health. Others, however, worry too much about gaining weight and fail to eat an adequate, healthy diet.







PROMPT: Write an essay informing your classmates about healthy living habits they should consider using.







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WESTEST 2 Online Writing

Grade 9 Sample Passage and Prompt


Grade: 9

CSO: RLA.O.9.2.1: compose narrative, informative, descriptive, persuasive writing from a prompt using the five-step writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, publishing).

Genre: Narrative

21st Century Emphasis: Social/Personal Accountability

Lexile: 1010L





DIRECTIONS: Read the passage and prompt and type a composition in the box below.




PASSAGE:

Doing the Right Thing


When we’re young, life seems easy. Early in life we learn we should share our toys, be nice to other people, and play fair. Our parents and teachers help us learn these lessons. They remind us to be nice to our brothers and sisters and to help around the house. They teach us to put away our crayons and to help one another.
As we get older, we are expected to continue to practice these behaviors, and usually we try to do our best to make our parents proud of us. However, sometimes we are tempted to forget these early lessons and act differently. We might find ourselves in a situation where others treat us unfairly and we get angry. Maybe we have forgotten to complete a job or an assignment and are fearful of getting into trouble.
Situations like these tempt us to forget those early lessons of kindness and honesty and to act dishonorably. Television personality Oprah Winfrey says, “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody is going to know whether you did it or not.”





PROMPT: Think about a situation in which a person might be tempted to act unkindly or dishonorably. Write a story that presents a person in a difficult situation in which he or she is tempted to act with or without integrity.








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WESTEST 2 Online Writing

Grade 9 Sample Passage and Prompt


Grade: 9

CSO: RLA.O.9.2.1: compose narrative, informative, descriptive, persuasive writing from a prompt using the five-step writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, publishing).

Genre: Persuasive

21st Century Emphasis: Project Planning and Development

Lexile: 1120L





DIRECTIONS: Read the passage and prompt and type a composition in the box below.




PASSAGE:

Summer Assignments


Summer is quickly approaching. You’ve worked hard throughout the school year and are looking forward to some summer fun. However, your school is considering a program in which teachers will make summer assignments to students to help them retain the knowledge they have gained throughout the year and to be better prepared for the next grade level. Students will be required to complete reading and math assignments, as well as science and social studies projects. The summer assignments will be due early in the school year when students return and will be a part of their grades for each class.
Proponents of summer assignments argue that they teach students to learn independently, an important skill that today’s adults definitely need. Opponents argue that students should not be required to spend their summer vacations completing school assignments. They believe some students will get help from their parents while others will have no assistance or guidance at all.
How do you feel? Do summer assignments teach students worthwhile skills or are they senseless waste of time?




PROMPT: Write an essay in which you argue for or against giving summer assignments to students. Be sure to support your argument with logical reasons.







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