HSPA Preparation. Spring 2013. Language Arts HSPA. Distribute overview handout. Points needed to be proficient Points needed to be advanced proficient. Reading. Reading Scores. 10 Multiple-Choice Questions Best answer, not correct answer 1 point each 2 Open-Ended Responses
Practice with the prompt on p. 29
Practice: Are these three reasons good ones?
1. It helps them with their grades.
2. It gives them time to study.
3. It allows them to get plenty of sleep.
How could you fix this list?
1. Use an attention-grabbed to show why your reader should care about this topic (fact or statistic, anecdote, question, or quotation)
A 2010 study found that 57% of all teenagers in New Jersey do not get at least seven hours of sleep during the week.
2. Use a transition that connects the attention-grabber to the thesis
Schools must address this problem, and one way is by limiting the time spent on after-school activities.
3. State your position in a clear thesis
Students should not be allowed to participate in after-school activities after 6 p.m. because…
4. List your three reasons in one sentence
…students need time to study, need to spend time with their families, and need to get enough sleep.
Having 57% of all teenagers in New Jersey not getting at least seven hours of sleep during the week is an issue that cannot be ignored. Stopping after-school activities at 6 p.m. can help reduce this percentage, and it might increase grades in the process.
TOPIC: An anonymous author once said, “If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” Using examples from literature, history, science, film, or your own experience or observation, write an essay analyzing this quotation and its meaning.
A “path with no obstacles” would certainly be most people’s dream come true. Imagine living life with no problems. Imagine finding success without having to face failure.
This statement holds the truth of life. Of course, not having to run into mistakes would be a dream come true. However, at the same time, it would also be my own loss.