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Sample EAP Prompt 1

  Directions: You will have 45 minutes to plan and write an essay on the topic assigned below. Before you begin writing, read the passage carefully and plan what you will say. Your essay should be as well organized and as carefully written as you can make it.

1 paragraph reading selection where a narrator makes a claim and argues their forceful position on some issue.  The passage clarifies the author's claim and makes one or more arguments that they feel supports that claim.

—Speaker's Name

Explain the argument _________ makes and discuss the ways in which you agree or disagree with her analysis and conclusion. Support your position, providing reasons and examples from your own experience, observations, or reading.





SAT Writing Prompts

Precedes Reading Material:

As you read the passage below, consider how author uses

  evidence, such as facts or examples, to support claims.

  reasoning to develop ideas and to connect claims and evidence.

  stylistic or persuasive elements, such as word choice or appeals to emotion, to add power to the ideas expressed.



Reading: A three to four page non-fiction piece would follow.



Writing Prompt:

Write an essay in which you explain how Author's Name builds an argument to persuade his audience that _____________.  In your essay, analyze how the author uses one or more of the features listed in the box above (or features of your own choice) to strengthen the logic and persuasiveness of his argument. Be sure that your analysis focuses on the most relevant features of the passage. Your essay should not explain whether you agree with the author’s claims, but rather explain how the author builds an argument to persuade his audience.