FATP Squared Or Analyzing a Writing Prompt
When you are given a writing task, sometimes it will include a “writing prompt”. Analyzing the writing prompt will help you be more successful.
FATP2 • F • Format • What type of writing will you be doing? Chances are the writing will be one of these:
FATP2 • F • Format • Expository Essay: Topic Sentence/Body with details/Closing & Final Thoughts
FATP2 • F • Format • Letter: Opening/Body with clear message/Closing
FATP2 • F • Format • Persuasive Essay: Topic Sentence/Body with support/Closing & Call to Action
FATP2 • F • Format Story: • Rising Action/Problem/Solution
FATP2 • F • Format • Personal Narrative: • Interesting Topic Sentence /Body with sensory details/Satisfying closing
FATP2 • F • Format • Knowing what format of writing you are doing will help you plan your writing.
FATP2 • A • Audience Who is the audience for the writing? If it is a letter, you might be writing to your principal or someone else you know.
FATP2 • A • Audience • Knowing who the audience is will help you plan the type of voice you need for the writing.
FATP2 • T • Topic Find the key words in the prompt. Pick out the words that signal the subject of the prompt.
FATP2 • T • Topic • Knowing the topic of the prompt will keep you on track.
FATP2 • P • Purpose Reread the prompt until you understand what the prompt is asking you to write. It helps to rephrase the prompt in your own words.
FATP2 • P • Purpose • Knowing the purpose of the prompt will help you focus on what you should write.
P • Purpose • Inform • Persuade • Entertain
FATP2 • P2 • Plan Construct a rough and simple plan for how you will write to the prompt. Decide which type of graphic organizer to use.
FATP2 • P2 • Plan • Making a plan will help you think about and organize what you will be writing.
Directions: Analyzing the following writing prompts. Be sure to write all the steps that are important to analyzing a writing prompt. (FATP2)
FATP2 • 1. People run for elected offices, from the President of the United States to class officers in a school. You are running for class president for your grade level. Write an essay convincing your classmates that you are the best choice for president.
F- Persuasive Essay: Topic Sentence/Body with support/Closing & Call to Action • A – Student Body- formal voice • T – (Key words) • Class President • Reasons why I should be chosen as class president • P – to persuade • P-Table Diagram (See Write Source page 229
FATP2 • 2. Adults have influence on young people’s lives. Think about the qualities demonstrated by adults you admire. Write an essay about the most important qualities demonstrated by adults you admire.
F Expository Essay: • Topic Sentence/Body with details/Closing & Final Thoughts • A- Formal voice • T- Adults I admire • Write about at least 3 things about adults who I admire • P- To explain • P- Sorting chart (See Write Source page 168)
FATP2 • 3. Think about a time that you were new to a group. It could have happened at school or at another place. Tell about how you learned to fit in.
F- Personal Narrative: Interesting Topic Sentence /Body with sensory details/Satisfying closing • A- Informal voice • T- Fitting in • When I was new to a group and I wanted to fit in • P- – to entertain • P- Web or Clustering
FATP2 • 4. Each of us owns something we treasure. Your object may not seem special to anyone else, but it has meaning to you. Write an essay explaining why this object is so important in your life.
F- Expository Essay: Topic Sentence/Body with details/Closing & Final Thoughts • A- Formal voice • T- Something I treasure • Explain why something I own is meaningful to me • P- To explain • P-Gathering Chart (See Write Source page 166)