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Writing a Series of Paragraphs (Expressing your opinion in a Long Writing task). Literacy Test Preparation. Writing Tasks on the Literacy Test. On the literacy test, you will have two long writing tasks 1) A News Report and 2) A Series of Paragraphs (Opinion Essay)

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Writing a series of paragraphs expressing your opinion in a long writing task

Writing a Series of Paragraphs

(Expressing your opinion in a Long Writing task)

Literacy Test Preparation


Writing tasks on the literacy test

Writing Tasks on the Literacy Test

  • On the literacy test, you will have two long writing tasks

  • 1) A News Report

    • and

  • 2) A Series of Paragraphs (Opinion Essay)

  • Today’s lesson will focus on: A Series of Paragraphs


  • Literacy test preparation

    The instructions are always the samefor the Writing A Series of Paragraphs question. The only change is the topic you are given to write about.

    Here is a copy of a sample question directly from the Literacy Test. On the next slide we will break down the requirements.


    Breaking down the requirements so there are no surprises later

    Breaking down the requirements so there are no surprises later:


    How your work is marked

    How your work is marked

    • Each answer is assigned two marks :

      • Topic Development (main idea, supporting details and organization)

      • Use of Conventions (spelling, grammar, punctuation)


    Helpful tips

    Helpful Tips

    • The “Topic” is always a single statement which you can argue For or Against. There is no right or wrong answer. Pick one side of the argument only and stick with it. AVOID the approach “I agree in some cases but disagree in other cases”.

    • There is no reading attached to this question. All information comes from your own experience and imagination.

    • There is a “Rough Notes” area which is not marked. Use the SEES method (next slide) in this area to organize your thoughts. This will make your organization and task of filling two pages (48 lines) much easier.

    • You can use “I think”, “I agree” in your response. This is your opinion, don’t pretend it’s a fact.


    S e e s method

    S.E.E.S. method

    In the Rough Notes area:

    • Write if you Agree or Disagree with the statement

    • Write down SEES vertically three times and then jot one or two words down for each letter organizing what you want to say.

      • S - Sentence 1 – Supporting Argument. (Directly Supports your

        point of view – Agree or Disagree)

      • E - Sentence 2 – Explanation / Example which support the above supporting argument. (could be more than one sentence)

      • E - Sentence 3 – Explanation / Example which support the above supporting argument. (could be more than one sentence)

      • S - Sentence 4 – Summary statement


    Let s try an example

    Let’s try an example

    • We will look at how to set-up the Rough Notes area

    • How to transfer your Rough Notes into your final Series of Paragraphs.

    • Finally, we will look at exemplars. These will show us how actual student work was marked.


    Literacy test preparation

    The question will look exactly like this. This will be written at the top of the page. The rest of the page (half page underneath) is blank for you to use for your Rough Notes


    Literacy test preparation

    The next two pages will look like this.

    48 lines exactly for your answer


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    The final Series of Paragraphs should look like this. To get to this level great of Topic Development, the Rough Notes area is very important


    Remember the s e e s method

    Remember... The S.E.E.S. method

    In the Rough Notes area:

    • Write if you Agree or Disagree with the statement

    • Write down SEES vertically three times and then jot one or two words down for each letter organizing what you want to say.

      • S - Sentence 1 – Supporting Argument. (Directly Supports your

        point of view – Agree or Disagree)

      • E - Sentence 2 – Explanation / Example which support the above supporting argument. (could be more than one sentence)

      • E - Sentence 3 – Explanation / Example which support the above supporting argument. (could be more than one sentence)

      • S - Sentence 4 – Summary statement


    Topic is it a good idea for high school students to have a part time job

    Topic: Is it a good idea for high school students to have a part-time job?

    Rough Notes

    AGREE

    ** Notice the two page task has been organized into only 35 words. Most of your time doing Rough Notes should be spent Thinking. You only have to write enough here to jog your own memory and get organized.


    How to turn the rough notes area into a series of paragraphs

    How to turn the Rough Notes area into a Series of Paragraphs

    • Paragraph One: First rewrite the “Topic” sentence and give a clear Agree or Disagree response to it. This sentence should be short and precise. Then, your next three sentences should outline what your supporting arguments will be by stating S1, S2, S3.

    • Paragraph Two: Gives a well-developed paragraph detailing the first column from your Rough Notes area, S1, E1, E1, S1.

    • Paragraph Three: Gives a well-developed paragraph detailing the second column from your Rough Notes area, S2, E2, E2, S2.

    • Paragraph Four: Gives a well-developed paragraph detailing the third column from your Rough Notes area, S3, E3, E3, S3.

    • Paragraph Five: Your concluding paragraph.

      Between paragraphs use Transition words: first of all, secondly, along with, furthermore, finally, etc.)


    How you are marked on the series of paragraphs total possible marks 100

    How you are marked on the Series of Paragraphs (Total possible marks=100)

    • There are two rubrics:

      • 1) Topic Development (main idea, supporting details, organization)

        • You can earn up to 60 marks

          And

  • 2) Conventions (spelling, grammar, punctuation)

    • You can earn up to 40 marks


  • Literacy test preparation

    The Rubric for marking Topic Development (main idea, supporting details and organization) looks like this


    Literacy test preparation

    Let’s see how some students actually scored on this question. Marks range from 0 to 60 in increments of 5. You can score a 35 (half way between a level 30 or 40) or 40 but not a 38.FULL responses are shown. Notice the length of the ones with the lower marks. Since you need 75% to pass, the lowest passing grade is 45.


    Literacy test preparation

    CODE 50


    Literacy test preparation

    Before we look at a perfect Code 60, let’s revisit the Rough Notes made earlier Topic: Is it a good idea for high school students to have a part-time job?

    Rough Notes

    AGREE

    ** Notice the two page task has been organized into only 35 words. Most of your time doing Rough Notes should be spent Thinking. You only have to write enough here to jog your own memory and get organized.


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    CODE 60


    Literacy test preparation

    The Rubric for marking Use of Conventions (Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation) looks like this

    Let’s look at some actual student answers. Marks range from 0 to 40 again marked in increments of 5. The topic is different to give you something new to read.


    Literacy test preparation

    Code 20


    Literacy test preparation

    CODE 40


    Literacy test preparation

    Your task:Practice writing a series of paragraphs on the white ledger handout provided by your teacher. OrThe following are Series of Paragraphs sample “Topics”. Give yourself ½ page for rough notes and 48 lines to answer.

    • Is it a good idea for high school students to have a part-time job?

    • Are today’s famous people good role models for young people?

    • Should the sale of “junk foods” be banned from Ontario secondary schools?

    • Should school uniforms be mandatory at the secondary level?

    • Should joining a club or team be mandatory at the secondary level?

    • Should Physical Education classes be mandatory for all four years of high school?


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