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					10th Grade CAHSEE
Timed Writing to Gain Higher
          Scores
WHY Review Writing?
Because ½ point on the writing = between
    6-9 points on the multiple choice
  In Other Words….
The Writing is Heavily Weighted!
How Can We Use This
 to Our Advantage?
Prepare the kids for structured
         timed writing
Review the Elements of
the Perfect Paragraph
What is a Perfect
  Paragraph?
    The Perfect Paragraph
• Create a great topic sentence
• Support topic sentence with evidence
• Three support sentences work
• Use some transitional words to
  smooth things out: because, but, and
• Never put new info in the conclusion
Review the Elements of
 the Multi-paragraph
        Essay
What Are the Steps in
  a Five Paragraph
       Essay?
         How do I make
      interesting essays?
• Vary the Sentence Length
• Simple Sentence: Subject & Verb or Subject, Verb, Object
• Compound Sentence: 2 clauses of equal weight joined by a
  coordinating conjunction (and, or)
• Complex Sentence: A clause and a phrase joined by a
  subordinating conjunction (but, because)
  Correlative conjunctions are used in pairs to create more
  sophisticated sentences ( not only, but also) (both, and)
• Compound/Complex Sentence: 2 clauses and a phrase joined
  by coordinating, subordinating, or correlative conjunctions
    The Five Paragraph
     Essay: The Intro
• Decide what the question or prompt is
  asking
• FIRST PARAGRAPH: Introduce the topic
• Create a bold thesis statement
• Decide which evidence will support your
  thesis and mention in the intro
• Use a transition into the body
      The Bold Thesis
        Statement
• Know the difference between a topic
  and a topic sentence

• Know the difference between a topic
  sentence and a bold thesis statement
 How do I make a thesis
   statement bold?
• Know the difference between a topic, a
  topic sentence, and a bold thesis
  statement
• WAR is a topic
• “WAR is bad,” “War kills people” are both
  weak thesis statements & can be used as a
  topic sentence
• “WAR is a crime against humanity” is
  BOLD!
      Pound Your Fist!
• When trying out different BOLD
  thesis statements, pound your fist
• Did you laugh?
• If you didn’t laugh, you probably have
  a bold thesis statement
• A BOLD thesis statement often
  makes a person uneasy…
  How do I develop this
         skill?
• Get off the fence when writing
  essays
• Don’t be afraid to take a stand
• Do you have to believe what you are
  writing? NO!
• You will often be asked to take a side
  on a debate that you don’t believe in
            The Body
• Paragraph 2,3,4 should illustrate the
  supporting evidence
• One paragraph per element of support is
  adequate for a short essay
• Use transitional words within paragraphs
• Use transitional sentences between
  paragraphs
       The Conclusion
• Begin with a word that clues the
  reader that the end is near
• No new info in the conclusion
• Re-state, review, predict, make a
  bold statement, or use a quote that
  illustrates the theme of the essay
Add the Element of
      Time
This will get rid of the fear of
             writing
  Three 7-minute False
         Starts
• With this method, we get rid of the
  fear of writing in a timed setting
• This method gives the steps that will
  get the student through a 30 minute
  essay including how much time to
  spend on each step
How Does this Work?
  Step 1 (7-10 minutes)
• Read the prompt carefully
• Do you understand what it is asking?
• Mentally work through your ideas to
  see if they fit the topic
• Put a graphic organizer in the upper
  right-hand corner
• Pay attention to tone
 Step 2 ( 18-21 minutes)

• WRITE THE ESSAY!!!
    Step 3 (2 minutes)


• Read over your essay and check for
  spelling and punctuation errors. Use
  the cross-out method to make
  corrections. No white out!
Tips to Increase the
        Score
          Essay Tips
• Make it as long as you can within the
  time limits
• Address each part of a multiple part
  question
• Vary sentence length and structure
• Get into the subject QUICKLY!
       More Essay Tips
• Don’t babble.
• Stop and think. Then return to your task
• Be specific
• Write NEATLY!
• ABSOLUTELY, no all caps or stylized
  writing!
• Punctuate correctly
    No “All CAPS” or
        Stylized
• WHENYOUUSEALLCAPITALS&DON’
  TUSEPROPERPUNCTUATIONYOULE
  AVENOTHINGFORTHEREADERTOL
  ATCHONTODONTHYPENATEUNLES
  SABOSOLUTELYNECESSARYANDT
  HENONLYBETWEENSYLLABLES
• STYLIZEDWRITINGCONFUSESTHEREAE
  RWHICHISNOTAGOODIDEAOFFERY
  OURREADERACLEANNEATWELLWRI
 TTENESSAYTHATINVITESTHEREADER
 TOENJOYTHEJOURNEY
    Ready for Practice?
• Topic #1: Should this school put
  metal detectors at all gates?




• Begin…..
       More Practice
• Topic #2: Should we keep the
  lockers or take them out?




• Begin…
       More Practice
• Topic #3: Why do some students
  just take up a seat and expect a
  grade?



• Begin…
       More Practice
• Topic# 1: How do we solve the trash
  problem on this campus?




• Begin…
       More Practice
• Topic# 2: Is graffiti art or
  vandalism? Explain….




• Begin…
       More Practice
• Topic #3: How do we solve the tardy
  problem on this campus?
       More Practice
• Topic #1: Do high school students
  have the right to protest?




• Begin…
       More Practice
• Topic #2: Define civil disobedience,
  and apply it to your life.




• Begin…
       More Practice
• Topic #3: When you go to college, do
  you want a school that is culturally
  diverse? Why or Why Not?



• Begin…

				
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