How to Write Effective Essay Prompts


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What is an essay prompt?

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1. When writing an essay prompt, it is important that your question include signal words. Which of the following would be a good signal word to indicate a comparison is required?

2. Which of the following is NOT an effective essay prompt?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your knowledge of writing effective essay prompts with this assessment. It will ask questions regarding what an essay prompt is and how to write them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students who want to be successful on the quiz/worksheet should familiarize themselves with this material:

  • The definition of an essay prompt
  • Signal words
  • How to write questions that lead to critical thinking
  • Effective vs. ineffective prompts

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet will allow students to improve these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - read and pull the most critical information from the related lesson on writing effective essay prompts
  • Making connections - use understanding of signal words to identify what type of prompt is being used
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast effective and ineffective prompts

Additional Learning

If you want to know more about this subject, take a look at the accompanying lesson, How to Write Effective Essay Prompts. It will help students meet these objectives:

  • Define 'writing prompt'
  • Determine how to write an essay prompt
  • Describe critical thinking
  • Analyze an example of an essay prompt