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					       You can
   Raise Your Score!
Writing Assessment Strategies
  You will be given a prompt
(a subject on which to write).

 You will write your response
   in an answer booklet.
      Are the      No, they just need
      students      to demonstrate a
    penalized if   clear awareness of
     they write       audience and
     off mode?          purpose.

 expository                narrative

                             descriptive
persuasive
                   No. “Off mode” means
                    writing, for example,
                     narrative when the
Are “off mode”       prompt seems to be
 and “off topic”    eliciting a persuasive
the same thing?    response. (No penalty
                          for that…)
                   “Off topic” means not
                   addressing the prompt
                      (the topic) at all.
  A writing sample is considered
   “off topic” when there is no
  evidence that the student has
   made an attempt to somehow
connect the writing with the topic.

     Such a response receives
       no composite score.
     Tips for the Writing Test:
 Read the writing task carefully and be
        sure to write “on topic.”
       Plan what you want to say.
 You can use scratch paper for planning.
Leave time to revise and edit your paper.
 Use the “Writer’s Checklist” to remind
 you what to look for as you revise and
            edit your paper.
What are the scorers looking for when
  they evaluate students’ writing?
                                  85% of
        Address the prompt;       the Score
      Develop ideas thoroughly;
           Organize ideas;
   Stay focused on the purpose for
               writing;
     Make writing thoughtful and
           interesting; and
 Use correct spelling, capitalization,
  punctuation, grammar, usage, and
         sentence structure.
                        Don’t forget…
                        The Writer's
                          Checklist
*I planned my paper before writing it.
*I revised my paper to be sure that the
 central idea or topic of my paper is clear.
*The central idea of my paper is elaborated.
*Everything in my paper talks about my
 topic/central idea.
*My paper is logically organized so readers will
 understand my message.
*My words and information make my paper
 interesting to readers.
*My sentences make sense, sound like me, and
 read smoothly.
*My beginning and ending are connected so my paper
has a good conclusion.
*I edited my paper to be sure that:
 ___ I used good grammar:
 ___ I used capital letters and punctuation
       marks correctly
 ___ I made my spelling correct;
 ___ I let my readers know where I
      started new paragraphs.
 ___ I checked my paper to make sure
      that it is the way that I want readers
      to read it.
Do we ever know    No. The mode
  ahead of time        can be
 which mode of       narrative,
   writing the      descriptive,
 prompt will be?   expository, or
                    persuasive.
                 You can; there’s a link
                 on the DOE website
                 with actual student
Well, I wish I   papers. Look for
could see some         NCS Mentor
actual student      and the keyword is
    papers!              Virginia.
5TH GRADE SAMPLE PROMPT

 Write about a happy memory you
have. Tell what that that memory is
  and why it is important to you.

                     I remember…
                     It’s important
                          to me
                        because…
     I got a score of 1!
Did you…
• read the prompt and respond
  to it or did you bird walk
  around it?
Composing 1
     I got a score of 2!

Did you…
• write more than one
  paragraph?
Composing 2
           I got a score of 3!
• Did you…
  write more than one paragraph?

• Did you
  elaborate on one detail in each paragraph?

• The elaborated point only has to be
   reasonable.
Composing 3
       I got a score of 4!
Did you use interesting adverbs or
     action describing words?
Did you use interesting adjectives
      or describing words?
   Did you use similes,
metaphors, onomatopoeia?
Did you use transitional words?
Composing 4
Four Square Model
    Prepare the graphic
        organizer.
Now fold
 your paper
 into 4
 squares.
        I will never forget my sixth
        birthday.                   Topic Sentence




Fold the paper into four squares. Begin with
one well written topic sentence placed in a box
in the center. This will become the topic
sentence.
        I will never forget my sixth
        birthday.                   Topic Sentence




Fold the paper into four squares. Begin with
one well written topic sentence placed in a box
in the center. This will become the topic
sentence.
My grandmother threw          My parents gave me a
me a surprise party.          wonderful gift.




            I will never forget my sixth
            birthday.
My friends and I went       It was the best
to the zoo.                 birthday ever.
      Add three supporting sentences (one in each
        box). The fourth box should be a feeling
       sentence that sums up the other three. All
     sentences should support the main topic in the
                         center.
My grandmother threw            My parents gave me a
me a surprise party.            wonderful gift.
   •She baked my                   •They surprised me
   favorite chocolate              with a golden
   fudge cake.                     retriever puppy.


               I will never forget my sixth
               birthday.
My friends and I went           It was the best
to the zoo.                     birthday ever.
    •We rode the elephants.

         Add a detail in each box to tell more about the
                      supporting sentence.
My grandmother threw          My parents gave me a
me a surprise party.          wonderful gift.
   •favorite cake                •golden retriever
   •tons of presents             •named Goldie
   •exciting games               •best friend

            I will never forget my sixth
            birthday.
My friends and I went       It was the best
to the zoo.                 birthday ever.
    •elephant ride
                        Now add three details in each box
    •walked for miles   to tell more about the supporting
                        sentence.
    •rode train
My grandmother threw          My parents gave me a
Early in the day,                             After lunch,
me a surprise party.          wonderful gift.
   •favorite cake                •golden retriever
   •tons of presents             •named Goldie
   •exciting games               •best friend

            I will never forget my sixth
    Later,  birthday.                                Indeed,

My friends and I went       It was the best
to the zoo.                 birthday ever.
    •elephant ride
                        Adding a transition word to each
    •walked for miles   box will help the text to flow.
    •rode train
           I will never forget my sixth birthday.
     Early in the day, my grandmother threw me a
surprise party. She baked my favorite chocolate
fudge cake. I got tons of presents. We had such fun
playing exciting games.
      After lunch, my parents gave me a wonderful
gift. They surprised me with a golden retriever
puppy. I named her Goldie. She is my best friend
today.
     Later, my friends and I went to the zoo. We
rode the elephants. The zoo was so large we walked
for miles. Finally we gave up and rode the train.
     Indeed, It was the best birthday ever.
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