In-Class Writing Prompts

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Here is Washington State’s official High School Writing Rubric, used for scoring the WASL, and now the HSPE.

HSPE (Not-a-WASL) Test Prep

How to write an introduction.

Expository Essays

Expository Essay numero uno, all about invention.

And number two. This one is about life changing moments.

Persuasive Essays

Here is the prompt for Friday, February 5th. This was the prompt about T.V. Violence.

Here is the prompt for Thursday, February 11th. This was (and I suppose still is) the prompt about school uniforms.

Here is the prompt for Friday, February 19th, about the novel Night.

Here is the prompt for Friday, February 26th on Compulsory Education.

Here is the prompt for Friday, March 5th about School Lunches. Here is the other prompt about Seattle sports teams.

The Hero’s Journey

1. In his interviews with Bill Moyers author Joseph Campbell claimed that “a hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Do you believe that any of the characters we have read about in our study of mythology (Bellerophon, Perseus, Hercules) represent a true hero? Why or why not?

Please include an introduction, a thesis, and at least two body paragraphs with evidence to support your claim.

2. Recall our discussion of Carl Jung and his ideas of our collective unconscious. In Poe’s story William Wilson we encounter a narrator and his dopplegänger– a quiet, young man named William. As the story ends the narrator kills William, but William tells him that by murdering him he “hast murdered [him]self.” Do you believe that by murdering his dopplegänger that the narrator has killed himself? Similarly, do you believe that by destroying one’s shadow that one destroys oneself?

Please include an introduction, a thesis, and at least two body paragraphs with evidence to support your claim.

Expository Writing Unit

Prompt #1 – Describe what modern life would be like without computers.

Prompt #2 – Describe what it is like to be a student at MTHS.

Persuasive Writing