ACT writing sample prompt:

In some high schools, many teachers and parents have encouraged the school to adopt a dress code that sets guidelines for what students can wear in the school building. Some teachers and parents support a dress code because they think it will improve the learning environment in the school. Other teachers and parents do not support a dress code because they think it restricts the individual student's freedom of expression. In your opinion, should high schools adopt dress codes for students?

In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.


Does Not Meet


Well I don't think they should have a dress code because, it takes away from the kids. We shouldn't be mindless drones. I thought this is America were you can exspece yourselfs. The government should stay out of it. Next they will be telling us what we should eat and think. I think if they look good they should be able to where what they want to. If they start control how we dress. Next, they will control everything. I for one want to think and dress for myself. If we let them tell us what to do slowly our freedoms will reduced to noting.


DOES NOT contain the structural elements of a paragraph or essay

Point of View/Focus

Ideas and details presented DO NOT relate to topic


LACKS specific support and details for main ideas

Conventions/Clarity of Expression

The communication of ideas is IMPEDED by errors in punctuation, logic, and/or sentence structure

Overall Effectiveness

DOES NOT fulfill requirements of the assignment



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