Good Topic Sentences. Remove the question option for STAAR (my English teacher colleagues say kids get penalized because it is 'weak' for 8-12 graders to do this), and you have a totally awesome anchor for Expository writing.
I have a daughter who seems hates challenges. She'd rather get mad and give up than persevere. She does not have what professor Angela Duckworth calls grit and author Carol Dweck calls it a growth mindset. And I'm sad. (And kind of worried, too.)