Grade 6 Prompts

WS Movies Big & Small (Compare & Contrast—Expository)

Compare and contrast what it is like to watch movies in the theater and at home on your television. Be sure to include examples and details. Also tell your reader which place you like best for watching movies and why.

WS Thank You (Descriptive)

Think of a special gift that a friend or family member gave you. Create a thank-you note to the person. In your note, describe the special gift, providing clear details. Indicate why you like the gift and tell how you are using it.

WS Class Redesign (Descriptive)

Imagine you could redesign your classroom. Describe how the room looks, what equipment it has, and where everything is, including where students sit. Use order of location to show where things are.

WS Three Rules (Expository)

Imagine yourself as the school principal. If your school could have only three rules for students, what would they be? Explain why these three rules are so important and how you would enforce them to make your school great.

WS The Package (Narrative)

One morning you open your front door, and there’s a large package sitting outside. What’s in it? Who put it there? What do you do with it? Write a story about the package, using specific details to make the story come alive.

WS Nicest Thing (Narrative)

Tell the story about the nicest thing you’ve ever done for someone else. How did the other person react? How did the experience make you feel? Be sure to use strong details to re-create the experience for your reader.

WS Family Help (Narrative)

Relate an experience in which you helped a family member at some task. Did you show your little brother how to tie his shoes or help your mom make dinner? Use vivid details to tell your story and indicate why you chose to help that person.

WS 7pm Curfew (Persuasive)

Some people say that children under 14 should be at home before 7 p.m. unless they are with an adult. Write an essay expressing your opinion about this idea. Be sure to back up your opinion with reasons and examples.

WS Best Class (Persuasive)

Imagine that your class is voting on the best school subject of the year. What subject do you think is the best? Write an essay to convince your classmates to vote for the subject you like best. Give strong reasons to support your opinion.

WS Directions (Process—Expository)

Write a process essay giving directions from your school to an important location in your city or town. Provide every detail that a stranger would need to make the trip.