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10 th Grade Writing Test Review. Test date: Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Definition Essay. Defining an abstract word or phrase, possibly within a specific context. Possible topics: Freedom, independence, respect, ingenuity, character, democracy, patriotism. Cause / Effect essay.

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10 th grade writing test review

10th Grade Writing TestReview

Test date: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

definition essay
Definition Essay
  • Defining an abstract word or phrase, possibly within a specific context.
  • Possible topics:
    • Freedom, independence, respect, ingenuity, character, democracy, patriotism.
cause effect essay
Cause / Effect essay
  • Prompt will ask you to identify causes or effects (maybe both) and could include an abstract word to define.
  • Possible topics: global warming, technology, justice, discrimination, injustice
read the prompt
Read the Prompt
  • Write a speech to present to the graduating class of 2008 in which you discuss the effects of independence on a high school student. You may use the quotations above as well as your own observations, experiences and/or readings.
  • Be sure to identify the Purpose, Audience and Context.
then read the bulleted points
Then, read the bulleted points!

As you write your speech on the effects of independence on high school students, remember to:

  • Focus on the effects of independence on high school students.
  • Consider the purpose, audience and context of your speech.
  • Organize your speech so that your ideas progress logically.
  • Include relevant details that clearly develop your speech.
  • Edit your speech for standard grammar and language usage.
don t forget to read the quotes
Don’t forget to read the Quotes!
  • Independence is essential for permanent but fatal to immediate success.

Samuel Butler

  • No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.

Willa Cather

steps to a successful tri venn
Read prompt (assignment) and determine PAC

P – purpose, what am I writing about?

A – audience, to whom am I writing?

C – context, what type of writing is this?

Fill in PAC on tri-venn.

Assignment:

Write a speech to present to the graduating class of 2008 in which you discuss the effects of independence on a high school student.

Steps to a successful Tri-venn
brainstorm topics
What is the topic of the paper?

On back, brainstorm a list of all possible topics related to the subject.

Students should then pick three (the strongest) to discuss in paper.

Brainstorm Topics
fill in tri venn topics
Fill in Tri-venn Topics

Pay for own clothing

  • Write the three strongest topics on the topic line in the three bubbles of the tri-venn.
determine examples for topics
Determine Examples for Topics

Pay for own clothing

  • For each topic, students will find one real-world example and write this in the example space on the bubble (must be specific)

I can buy Seven jeans with my own money

identify details for examples
Identify Details for Examples

Pay for own clothing

  • For each example, students will identify details about the example and write on the space on the bubble (must be specific)

I can buy Seven jeans with my money

I work at Target

I make $8 an hour

I have saved $100

elaboration is the key
Elaboration is the key!

When my parents gave me the freedom to get a job and begin to earn and save money, I realized that I would be able to buy clothing that I wanted, no matter how expensive it might be.

  • In order to get a three or better – you must explain how your example/topic is important or a result of the PURPOSE given in the prompt!
write your thesis
Write Your Thesis!
  • Once your planning is done, write your thesis statement.
  • The trick is:

Purpose (is, means) topic 1, topic 2 and topic 3.

  • Once a teenager is granted independence, they are able to have a job, drive where they want to go, and take on more responsibilities in the household
helpful hints
The PURPOSE is always written in the 1st bullet at the bottom.

Use transition words to help your paper have COHERENCE.

Make sure that you have a THESIS statement.

Try to use good vocabulary words (but use them correctly!)

Watch your conventions!

Helpful Hints
great transitions can help
For a conclusion:

In summation

In retrospect

In reflection

Within a paragrah:

Although

On occasion

As a result of

However

PLEASE avoid using

First

Second

Third

Finally

In conclusion

Next

For example

To begin with

Great Transitions can help!
vocabulary is extraordinary
Good vocabulary, used correctly, can improve your paper. Try the following alternative words for the old, overused ones!

Good – spectacular, fantastic, outstanding, superb

Things/stuff – materials, component, paraphernalia

A lot – multitude, plethora, mountainous, enormous

Cool – frigid, icy, creative, entertaining, fantastic (based on context)

Nice – friendly, appealing, pleasing, affable

Vocabulary is Extraordinary!
watch your conventions
Proper grammar, spelling and punctuation can be the difference in passing and failure!

Use great subject-verb agreement!

Make sure your pronouns and antecedents match!

No run-ons or fragments please!

Capitalize and punctuate!

Don’t use IM/texting symbols or slang! (k? lol)

Watch your Conventions!
how much time will it take
You will have 100 minutes to take the NC Writing Test

You should be spending:

40 Minutes for planning

55 Minutes on writing the actual essay (if you plan, the writing won’t take long)

5 minutes editing and revising.

How much time will it take?
how is this graded
How is this graded?
  • Each paper will have TWO readers who will give a CONTENT and CONVENTIONS score
  • A passing CONTENT score is a 3 or 4, out of a possible 4.
  • CONVENTIONS scores are 0, 1, 2.
finally
Finally…
  • You have the training and the ability to pass this assessment!
  • Read the prompt, plan well and write an outstanding essay!

You can do it!