Use the right arrow key to advance. . Easy steps to becoming a great writer on the ALABAMA Writing Assessment. Expository. Persuasive. Descriptive. Narrative. What is an expository essay? It …. …Gives facts. …Explains. …Gives steps in a process.
Most people enjoy some type of music. Think about your favorite type of music and explain why you like that particular type of music.
Sometimes even the best drivers can get lost at times. Explain how you would direct a lost man to get back to the interstate highway from your neighborhood.
Tell how to make a hamburger.
YOU WILL FIND THESE WORDS IN THE PROMPT
EXPLAIN or TELL HOW.
Describe your bedroom. Imagine telling someone who has never visited you.
There are many tourist spots to visit in Birmingham. Describe your favorite place to take visitors. You may want to tell what you will see, hear, smell and how you feel when you are there.
Tell us what you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel on Christmas morning.
YOU MUST DESCRIBEOR
TELL WHAT A PERSON CAN
SEE, HEAR, SMELL, TASTE OR FEEL.
YOU WILL NOTICE THE WORDS PERSUADE, CONVINCE OR TELL WHY SOMEONE SHOULD DO SOMETHING.
What is a narrative?
You and your friend find a big box that is labeled “Do Not Open.” Your friend wants to open the box. Write a story about what happens next.
Tell about a time when you made a serious mistake.
Two little girls found a wallet on the sidewalk. Tell what happened next.
NOTE THE WORDS: WRITE A STORYor
TELL ABOUT A TIME, or
TELL WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.
Use your scratch paper to brain storm and then make an outline, or web, for a five paragraph essay.
Jot down these ideas.
NOWSTART YOUR OUTLINE, OR WEB!
Here’s the prompt.
There are many good and bad things about being in the seventh grade. Explain what these things are.
What kind of prompt do we have?
Did you say expository? You’re right!
Jot down a few transitions.
Make an outline or web. Develop a
1-3-1 plan. One Paragraph for intro-
Three paragraphs for the body –
One paragraph for the conclusion.
AdditionallyOneFirstSecond Next Another- ifAlthough FinallyIn conclusionIndeedConsequentlyStars are key ideas or controlling statements. ExplanationsExamples,Evidence are listed below.
Conclusion: Sum up what you’ve said. Refer back to your introduction.
Although I have taken many wonderful vacations, my trip with my two best friends to New York City is one I’ll always remember. This was a fantastic trip because of the sights we saw, the people we met, the plays we enjoyed, and the laughs we shared.
Each part of the plan will be developed into paragraphs.
What’s the topic?
What’s the plan?
After you make your web or outline, start writing your introduction.Leave space at the top for two more lines. ( It won’t count against you.)You might come back later to insert a little background information in the introduction. Remember to grab interest and show the plan of your paper in the introduction.
Have you ever thought about what are the good and the bad things in seventh grade? There are good things like changing classes and more freedom. Some of the bad things are you have to stay in school longer, you have SAT tests, and tests get harder. Stay with me as I explain the good and bad things about being in the seventh grade.
How does the writer grab your attention?
Good Fun Things
-Changing classes and teachers
-Ms. Trunchbull & Ms. Honey
- no line
-See friends at lunch
First I will tell you about the good and fun things about being in the seventh grade.You get to change classes so if one teacher is like Mrs. Trunchbull in Matilda, you are only with her for part of the day. If your teacher is like Ms. Honey you will enjoy a fabulous time with her. Another thing I enjoy is more freedom. We don’t have to walk in straight lines as if we were soldiers marching off to war. Next, you can get your own food instead of having the lunch ladies get it for you. I like spending time with my friends so if there are not in one of my classes, I can see them at lunch.
Transition words help!
Does he explain, give examples, use metaphors?
-not like elementary school
-compare to stale bread
more test and harder
-stress stomach hurts
-math makes me sick
Next I’m writing about the bad things you go through in seventh grade. First of all you have to take the SAT test. In elementary school you didn’t have to worry about this kind of thing. The SAT test is like eating stale food because it can hurt you and it can be boring. The tests get harder as you go on. We have so many of them they can cause a major stress and make you feel like your stomach was just pulled out. At my elementary school we got out fifteen minutes earlier. Sitting in math class for that extra minutes makes me feel terrible inside.
things that are both good & bad
-might be boring
-fun to play and compete
-pull up grades
Finally my next category is going to be things that come good and bad. First field trips are extremely fun because you can talk and miss school. However it’s bad if you go somewhere boring or can’t sit with your friend. Everybody loves P.E. because we play real sports with competitiveness. But sadly when we’re leaving PE, my clothes get sweaty which doesn’t feel good. Everybody knows the pluses and minuses of Homework! We have so much homework it just takes the energy out of you, which is bad. What is good about it is that the more homework you have, the better chance you have to pull up your grade.
Did you find the transitions? What are the key ideas? How does he explain his key ideas?
Good and bad things
going to school longer
Good and Bad
In conclusion the seventh grade has good and bad things involved. Such as more freedom, and changing classes. Some other things are SAT test, going to school longer, and quizzes and tests. Homework, P.E., and field trips fall into both of those categories.
What are your transitions? Does the writer sum up what he written? Does he refer back to the introduction.
This paragraph was from an actual essay written by a student for the state writing assessment. His organization gave him a four.
Did you think title? You are right!
How about – “The Good and Bad Things About Seventh Grade”
Nah… Boring. Interesting titles have an action word.
How about- “Good and Bad Things Happen in Seventh Grade” …better
How about “Seventh Grade, Good or Bad- You Be the Judge”
What My Near Future Would Be Like
I’ve always found the solving of crimes by DNA evidence to be interesting. A forensic scientist is doctor who examines data.
In the near future I would like to become a forensic scientist and help solve crimes. The steps I would have to take to achieve my goals are finishing school, practice the procedure of my major, and be successful in everything I do.
After rereading she came back to add a little background information. This is an important step Reread to IMPROVE.
Do you think there is a love story here?
Typically transitions are about time. After, before, since, later
LaDarius Smith, a star on our school basketball team, is very lucky.
“What’s that smell?”
the seventh graders complained.
“Finish your experiment and we’ll head outside to get away from it,” said their teacher.
What punctuation goes with the words said?
Did you say quotation marks? You’re right!
Provide a “where” with prepositional phrases:
How does he start his story? How does he grab interest?
I started to back away. I thought maybe I could scramble out the other side of the car.
But the snarling, growling monsters came at us from both sides. “L-leave us alone.” I stammered.
A monster covered in tangled brown fur opened
After Christopher Columbus’s voyages to the New World, many Spaniards came to this continent to explore. One Spanish explorer was Ponce De Leon. He traveled through present-day Florida to find the Fountain of Youth. A second explorer, Coronado searched for the Seven Cities of Gold. He and his men traveledCan you tell which passage is narrative and which is expository?
Created by Chris Browning for Arrington Middle School, Birmingham City Schools
Maureen Autum Step Up to Writing Program
Birmingham City Schools workshops presenters Jerrie Foster, Gail Brown, Theresa Thomas, Jacquelyn Washington, Janet McMiller
State of Alabama workshop presentations Rhonda Silmon –Teaching clear thinking before writing.
Lecture Demonstration with Rick Shelton & Write Where You Are!