How to Plan Your Writing. T.A.P.E. It. Use the T.A.P.E. method to dissect the prompt so that you are clear as to the topic, audience, purpose, and essay format. . Writing Situation
How to Plan Your Writing
Use the T.A.P.E. method to dissect the prompt so that you are clear as to the topic, audience, purpose, and essay format.
The arts curriculum in high school often includes visual art, music, dance, and theater. Some educators, concerned about the academic progress of students, have suggested eliminating arts education in high school. They argue that not having these classes would allow more time for students to study the basics: English, Math, Science, and History.
Directions for Writing
Reflect on what should be taught in high school. Think about how it affects students now and later in life. Write an essay to the school board and argue whether the arts should be included or eliminated from the high school curriculum. Discuss the advantages/disadvantages of having an arts program from a student’s point of view.
Students need a hook to learn. The arts helps them see the relevance of what they learn (direction)
Students learn how to think through arts instruction, which can only help in other subjects
More students would drop out without the arts in schools
Students in the Arts usually score higher on tests
Test scores need to increase and focusing on the core will help this happen
Money used in the arts can help with programs for the SAT or other tests
Students can always stay after school if they want arts
The Arts won’t help you get a job
Students need to know the basics more because test scores keep dropping.
Choose the side that has the most evidence, even if you do not personally agree with the opinion.
No one is going to hunt you down and ridicule you for arguing a controversial opinion.
And no one outside of the test graders is going to know what you argued.
Based on the previous list, I would argue based on my con list, with which I do not personally agree.
The mayor of your city is considering a 7:00PM curfew for children under the age of 18. Some people think that this curfew is too strict. Other people think that the curfew should apply to everyone under the age of 14. Many young people think the curfew is not necessary at all.
Directions for Writing
Write a letter to mayor in which you either defend the teen curfew or oppose the teen curfew. Clearly state your position and support it with reasons and examples. Try to convince the mayor to agree with your position.
Ex: The Arts should be eliminated in high schools so that student test scores will increase.
Ex: The best solution for decreasing paper waste and pollution in schools is to require that lesson plans and homework be sent digitally.
Using your homework prompts, write a thesis statement for the first two ant the one for graffiti.
Each piece of support (item on your pro/con list or list list) must be developed.
Because of the length of the test, you cannot fully develop every thought, but you should at least give the grader two solid developed ideas in support of your thesis.