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Test Essays. Planned Attack!. Read the Material Assigned!. Active Versus Passive Reading – Passive readers think if they read and take notes and remember the material, they will be successful. Active readers think if they read, take notes, and challenge the material, they will be successful.

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Test essays

Test Essays

Planned Attack!


Read the material assigned
Read the Material Assigned!

Active Versus Passive Reading –

  • Passive readers think if they read and take notes and remember the material, they will be successful.

  • Active readers think if they read, take notes, and challenge the material, they will be successful.

    BE AN ACTIVE READER!

    As you read course material think – make connections with your current world view question when the material does not “fit”!


Carefully read and reread the test question
Carefully read and reread the test question!

  • Actively read the question – mark important parts that clue you in to what needs to be covered.

  • Reread the question – don’t be in a hurry at this point!


Pre write
Pre-Write

  • Yes, even in timed testing plan by using a pre-write you find comfortable:

    web

    outline

    etc.

  • Write your thesis statement – “This essay will prove / show / argue / etc.” I advise advanced students to edit “The essay…” out.


Plan ahead
Plan Ahead!

What Register are you using? Formal for an Educated Audience!

  • This is not a friendly note – edit “I.”

  • Words that show the writer has not taken a stand – I think, maybe, sort of, kind of, etc.

  • Do NOT summarize stories – use plot as evidence (You are illustrating you can make a connection between ideas and text read.).

  • Edit “You” – this is formal writing!

  • Write out contractions!

  • Use Present Tense when writing about literature! (Heraclesis…The call occurs...)


Simple to remember
Simple to Remember!

  • For tests – leave margins!

  • Capitalization counts.

  • Note titles by underlining or quoting appropriately.

  • Write out the simple words like “and” / “with.”

  • Remove praise words – great, wonderful, delightful, etc.

  • Use indentions for paragraphing.

  • Personal testimony isn’t evidence.

  • Improve Weak Words – get, nice, scum bag, stuck up, good guy, the biggy, sucked in, It is, There is, etc.


Steps to effective definition
Steps to Effective Definition

  • Tell readers what term is being defined.

  • Present clear and basic information.

  • Use facts, examples, or anecdotes that readers will understand.

  • Use the jargon of the definition.

  • If the definition fits only partially, argue why!


Today s essay prompt
Today’s Essay prompt:

Primitive man knew life as a cycle: birth and childhood, adulthood, and death. The Hero’s Journey is similar to the primitive cycle and emphasizes the human process of growth and discovery. Myths are metaphors for this process. Recall a particular hero’s adventure as narrated by Edith Hamilton. Apply Joseph Campbell’s hypothesis concerning the Hero’s Classic Quest. Be sure to recall specific elements of the tests/ordeals as well as the terminology of the cycle as you develop your essay.


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