prompt = 'writing assignment for students'

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 7 02:00:37 UTC 2014

There was a ADS mailing list discussion thread about "prompt" and
essay assignments back in December 2012.;9d8864f2.1212A

But there is still room for more discussion and earlier citations.

On Tue, May 6, 2014 at 7:57 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
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> I suspect that to the students they're more like a goad.
> Joel
> At 5/6/2014 06:32 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>“We are aware of the controversy surrounding the distribution of an eighth
>>grade Writing Prompt during the third quarter of the academic year,” notes
>>a press release issued Monday by Rialto Unified School District interim
>>Superintendent Mohammed Islam. “The intent of the writing prompt was to
>>exercise the use of critical thinking skills. There was no offensive intent
>>in the crafting of this assignment. We regret that the prompt was
>>"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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