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8/21, 22

Pre-Assessment Review


Please resume working on your TPCASTT over “The Seafarer”.



ELACC11-12L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.



ELACC11-12L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing



ELACC11-12W1: Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writingWrite arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.



ELACC11-12W4: Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writingProduce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


Essential question

How can students provide enough supporting evidence to successfully present an argument?

Essential Question

Common errors in essays
Common errors in Essays successfully present an argument?

What are the directions

Read and analyze Queen Elizabeth’s “Speech to the Troops at Tilbury.” Then, argue your position regarding a woman’s capability to lead a nation during times of war and/or peace. Consider both the text and your own personal ideas and experiences in forming your position and supporting your argument.

What are the directions?


Use the speech to foster an argument about women in general. at

Choose a side (positive/negative)

Include supporting details for your arguments.


Subject verb agreement

She lead her country in the best of time and the worst of time.

She stop at nothing to defend her country.

Her had the ability to lead her country.

Subject Verb Agreement

What is stuff what are things what is it

It all depends on what kind of woman we are talking about? time.

A woman is too emotional to do all the things that need to be done to rule a country.

A man knows all the right stuff to do when planning an attack on Spain.

What is stuff?... What are Things…. What is It?

There their they re

  • There – physical or abstract location. time.

    • We should check the gym for basketballs. They are usually stored there.

  • Their --- Possession

    • If several companies are competing for business, they will try their best to offer low prices.

  • They’re – They are

    • They are (They’re) going to be late to class if they do not walk faster.


Ideas 40
IDEAS (40%) time.

  • Awareness of purpose—TO PERSUADE

  • Establish a controlling idea (THESIS)

  • Give main points (TOPIC SENTENCES)

  • Elaborates on/explains points

    • Supporting detail

    • Relevance of detail

  • Closure at end of essay

2 organization 20
2. time. Organization (20%)

  • Overall Plan

  • Introduction/Body/Conclusion

  • Organization of paragraphs (handout)

  • In Paragraphs

    • Sequence of Ideas

    • Grouping examples in paragraphs

  • Transitions!

3 style 20
3. Style (20%) time.

  • Who is my audience?

  • What words do I use? (diction)

  • Who are you? Would you say that? (voice) Show us who you are when you write….In standard English, of course…

  • Sentence variety/syntax….”SPEAK” clearly on paper

4 conventions 20
4. Conventions (20%) time.

  • Sentence formation

    • Correct

    • Clear

    • Complex

    • Punctuated

  • Usage

    • Agreement

    • Standard word forms

    • Verbs

  • Mechanics

    • Punctuation

    • Spelling

    • Paragraph breaks

    • Capitalization


Breaking down a prompt

Create a written brainstorm based on the following possible writing test prompt:

Writing Situation: Many professional athletes earn millions of dollars each year while teachers, nurses, firefighters, and law enforcement officers earn much less per year. Is it fair that professional athletes earn such high salaries compared to these public servants? Why? Why not?

Directions for Writing: Write your opinion to the editor of the local newspaper. Include reasons and evidence that will convince the newspaper subscribers to support your position.

Breaking down a prompt

Controlling idea thesis

  • One sentence that summarizes both your topic and your purpose and lets your reader know your persuasive intentions.

  • Includes three parts: general topic, your focus, and supporting points.

  • Supporting points will become the topics for each of your body paragraphs. Be sure to keep them specific enough to create argument but concise so that you still have something to explore in the bodies.

  • Sample:

    • “Television affects young children negativelyby exposing them to adult programs, increasing their desire for needless products, and decreasing their playful activity.”

Controlling Idea/Thesis

Practice purpose and lets your reader know your persuasive intentions.