Power Words Revisited and Writing Prompt Dissections

Today the students revisited Larry Bell’s 12 “Power Words.”  These are words that tend to be used in writing prompts and testing situations.  The students had to match the “Power Word” with its corresponding definition.

We then went on to discuss how one should read and understand a writing prompt.  We dissected them!  I first explained how to look for those key or “Power Words” that tell you exactly what to do.

The students then practiced dissecting sample prompts along with me and then on their own.

We finished class with each student creating his or her own writing prompt to share, complete with a “Power Word” or two.


  • Read for 30 minutes.
  • Review the Power Words.


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