Georgia High School Graduation Writing Test. Prompt Specifications. The GHSWT topics are often referred to as “prompts,” for their purpose is to prompt or elicit a writing sample in an on-demand setting.
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Writers should be able to produce a complete and competent response using knowledge gained through either personal or academic experiences or a combination of these sources.
Cues in the wording of the prompt should make it clear whether the writer is to
provide support for that position or
The organization or structure of the writing
sample is to be appropriate to the task.
The audience is specified. The audience may range from the familiar (fellow students or family members) to the distant (legislators, school board members, newspaper subscribers).
Conventions 1New Georgia High School Writing Test
1. A domain is an aspect of writing.
2. Each domain itself is scored holistically.
The score assigned indicates the
writer’s command of the components.
Weighting means that the scores in some writing domains will be given more weight than others in determining the total score that a student receives.
and precise throughout the response
skills in a variety of
anecdotes, humor and/or
the writer’s personal
experiences and knowledge.
Prepare Yourself to Write
Make Your Paper Meaningful
Make Your Paper Interesting to Read
Edit and Revise Your Paper
Part 1: Planning/Prewriting (15 minutes)
Part 2: Drafting (35 minutes)
Part 3: Revising and Editing (25 minutes)
Part 4: Final Draft (20 minutes)
Part 5: Proofreading (5 minutes)
The suggested times given in the directions are approximate. You will be reminded
of the times for each part. What you write on the Planning/Prewriting Page and the
Drafting Page will not be graded. Only your final draft will be graded.
You MUST write your final draft (using a blue or black ink PEN) on the
Answer Document using only pages 3 and 4.
Many public school systems across the country require
students to wear uniforms. Some educators believe that
wearing uniforms will help students concentrate more on
their school work. On the other hand, some students argue
that having to wear uniforms prevents them from expressing
their individuality. Your principal is considering whether
students at your school should wear uniforms.
Write a letter to your principal expressing your view on
school uniforms. Provide convincing reasons and
specific examples to support your position.
sets the stage for the writer’s argument.
Many students do not think the subjects they study
in high school prepare them for the real world they
will face after graduation. The principal at your
school is asking students for their opinions about
new courses that could be offered to prepare
students for life after high school.
What new course do you think should be offered?
Write a letter to convince the principal that
your new course should be offered. Be sure
to explain why your new course is needed,
using specific examples and details.