Explanatory Writing

Explanatory writing explains the author's thoughts, feelings, ideas, and/or opinions, and to share knowledge about a given topic. 

Explanatory writing prompts on the NJASK often focus either on a situation or on a quotation or adage.  Click to get specifics on how to answer each style of prompt.

In responding to the topic or quotation presented, students will be asked to explain their point of view and to create an original work. Explanatory writing may be based on the writer’s personal knowledge and experience or on information presented to the writer.

On the NJASK, students are given 25 minutes (grades 6-8) to develop a composition based on the prompt.


Some Explanatory Prompts



Back to Main Index