State Contest Director
Sample Essay Prompts
Integrating Ready Writing into Classroom Instruction
Elements of the Contest
In the Ready Writing Contest, the students are given two hours to write expository compositions. They have a choice between two prompts, each an excerpt from literature, publications (past and present) or speeches.
Expository writing explains, proves, or explores a topic in a balanced way, allowing the argument and the evidence given to be the deciding factor in the paper.
The composition is judged on interest (60%), organization (30%) and correctness of style (10%).