The Prompt Tab

Does your district or certain schools in your district block YouTube access? Some of our prompts include stimulus videos from YouTube. Below is a list of prompts that contain YouTube videos. Please get the YouTube video files approved, so that teachers and students will be able to access the stimuli for the following prompts.

Grade 3: How Roller Coasters Work

Grade 4: Camels:  Ships of the Desert and Help from Clouds

Grade 5: How do Geysers Change the Earth’s Surface?, Making Buildings Safer, Why Study Animals?, The Pony Express, and Why is Minecraft So Popular?

Grade 6: Analysis: "The Walrus and the Carpenter" and That's Too Noisy!

Grade 7: Poem to Narrative: "The Highwayman"

Grade 8: Becoming an Entrepreneur

Grade 9: Is West Side Story Shakespeare?

Grade 12: Sweet and Right? Poison Gas in WWI

Pre-Packaged, District, and Shared Teacher Prompts

The writing prompts available for your school are pre-packaged at the system level, created at the district level, and can also be created and shared at the school level. As a school administrator, you cannot make changes to pre-packaged or district-level prompts; however, you can edit and modify (enable or disable) the status of school-level prompts.

Prompts List

  • Click the Prompts tab to view a list of writing prompts available to the school.
  • Prompts are labeled with icons to denote the enabled/disabled status, genre, stimulus material attached, level, and content area. Hover over the icon to read the description of what it represents. 
  • In addition to the icons, the prompt list contains the prompt title and partial text. To read the full prompt, click the plus sign next to the prompt description.
  • Click the name of the prompt to view the title, prompt description, genre, content area, sub-genre if applicable and assigned grade level(s).
  • You can also view any stimulus material that has been attached to the prompt by clicking Edit stimulus material.
    NOTE: Some of the stimulus material contains links to the Internet (denoted with a link icon). Students will use these links to access material for their response to the prompt. Please click the links and review the content of the webpages prior to enabling the prompts for student use.
  • Click the filters to narrow the list of prompts by status, grade, genre, sub-genre, and content area.
  • To search for a specific prompt, type a word in the Search box . Any prompt title or description that contains this word will appear in the prompt list.

Adding and Editing a Custom School-Wide Prompt

In addition to the dozens of pre-packaged, district- and teacher-shared prompts available for your teachers to choose from, you can add your own school-level prompts to the Current Prompts list. To add a new school-level prompt, complete the following steps:

Adding a School Prompt

  • To create and add a writing prompt, click the Add button.    
  • Enter the title and the prompt, and select the genre and grade level(s).  You can also select a sub-genre and content area for the prompt.  Click Save .
  • If you would like to add stimulus material such as reading passages, website URLs, or graphics, click Save and Add Stimulus Material.

Save and Add Stimulus Material

  • To add a document or an image, enter a label for the document, and click Choose File to upload the document. To add a website URL, enter a label, select URL, and enter the website URL.
  • Click the checkbox stating that you agree to the terms for uploading stimulus material. Click Save.
  • To finish creating a prompt, click Save.
  • To edit a prompt that you have created and saved, click on the prompt title, make the necessary changes and click Save.

Sharing Prompts

Prompts created by school administrators will automatically be shared with any teacher in the school who has been assigned to a course in the same grade level as the shared prompt.

School level prompts will be viewable in the teacher's list of prompts but MUST be enabled by the teacher in order for their students to view and use the prompt.

Sharing Prompt