Common Core Persuasive Essay Prompts

Hi Scott,
In reading the Key Design considerations to the Common Core (in the introduction) as well as portions of Appendix A, it's important to consider how writing and reading might be integrated. With evidence-based writing such a key element of the CCSS, the sources from which students students draw become just as important (sometimes more!) than the prompt itself.

It might be worth checking out the Close Reading exemplars found here: Each of these lessons includes at least one (often more) culminating tasks which would be a great opportunity for writing instruction (following a close reading). The Anthology Alignment Project resources also include culminating tasks-- again, connecting writing to reading.

One more resource, "In Common," offers annotated student samples for grades K-12 in each of the 3 genres. (

Good luck!

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Here are 24 thought-provoking prompts to jump-start persuasive writing. The Common Core standards put a strong emphasis on persuasive writing skills. These prompts allow students to experiment with a variety of types of writing with a common purpose.

Print on card stock, laminate, and cut apart and you're ready to use these in a variety of ways! I've used them in my own classroom successfully in a few different ways:

•daily "do now" at the start of writing workshop
•independent center activity during writing or ELA
•resource for reluctant or "stuck" writers.
•prompt for writing homework
•pre- and post-assessment prompt before and after teaching persuasive writing unit
•straight-forward and valuable activity to leave in your sub-tub!

I've designed these prompts to be appropriate for different types of use--you could use them in a "quick-write" format, or to help students generate ideas for longer-term writing projects that they will bring through the writing cycle. These open-ended prompts are appropriate for a wide range of grade levels and abilities.

© Blair Turner 2012
Materials are intended for personal use.

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