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					                              Expository Essay Prewriting Worksheet

Step 1: Read carefully to clarify your task and to analyze the key words in the prompt.
My Writing Task:

Key Words in the Prompt: _____________________________________________


Step 2: Narrow your focus.
My Point of View: _____________________________________________________

Examples/Supporting details:_____________________________________________


Step 3: Choose a Thesis Statement.
Thesis Statement: ________________________________________________________


                         Things to Consider When Writing the Expository Essay
1. 30 Minute Time Table Breakdown:
Prewriting (Including the Expository Essay Prewriting Worksheet)   5 minutes
Writing Time (Actual time to draft the essay)                      20 minutes
Editing Time (Find and correct grammar and mechanical errors)      5 minutes
                                                  Total Time       30 minutes

2. Your essay should be a minimum of 4 paragraphs long. Paragraph breakdown:
      Paragraph One:            Introduction
      Paragraph 2, 3 or 4       Supporting idea paragraphs
      Final Paragraph           Conclusion

3. The introduction should consist of 4 to 6 sentences.
   Body paragraphs should consist of 5 to 8 sentences.
   The conclusion should have 2 to 4 sentences.

4. Supporting ideas:
    You can use facts/examples from literature, history, science, film, or examples from your own
      experiences or observation.
    You can actually study for this part, because themes are UNIVERSAL. Think about some major novels
      that you have read thus far and/or some historical figures. Figure out what they stand for, what themes
      they exemplify, and be ready to work that into whatever prompt presents itself.
    Remember, you will be writing explanation, not narration. If you use a personal experience or
      observation, do not be tempted to relive the story; speak about what you write in an academic voice.
    Complete the “Examples Charts” prior to taking the HSPA.




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                                       Writing Task 1




                                     Prewriting Checklist
My Writing Task:

Key Words in the Prompt: _____________________________________________


Step 2: Narrow your focus.
My Point of View: _____________________________________________________

Examples/Supporting details:_____________________________________________


Step 3: Choose a Thesis Statement.
Thesis Statement: ________________________________________________________




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HISTORY (FILL IN THE APPROPRIATE INFORMATION FOR TWO HISTORY EXAMPLES)


EVENT:________________________________

DATE: ________________________________

DESCRIPTION:
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

MAJOR PLAYERS:
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________
BIG IDEAS:
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


EVENT:________________________________

DATE: ________________________________

DESCRIPTION:
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

MAJOR PLAYERS:
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________
BIG IDEAS:
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________




                                                     3
CURRENT EVENTS (FILL IN RECENT EVENTS IN THE NEWS)


EVENT:________________________________

DATE: ________________________________

DESCRIPTION:
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

MAJOR PLAYERS:
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________
BIG IDEAS:
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


EVENT:________________________________

DATE: ________________________________

DESCRIPTION:
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

MAJOR PLAYERS:
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________
BIG IDEAS:
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________




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LITERATURE (MARK TWAIN IS IN, J.K. ROWLING AND STEPHEN KING ARE OUT. STICK TO
THE CLASSICS)

NOVEL:________________________________          AUTHOR:

THEME(S):
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________

SUMMARY:
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________




MAJOR CHARACTERS:
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________


NOVEL:________________________________          AUTHOR:

THEME(S):
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________

SUMMARY:
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________




MAJOR CHARACTERS:
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________




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PERSONAL EXPERIENCE (CHOOSE EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE HAD A PROFOUND EFFECT
ON YOU)

EVENT:________________________________

DATE: ________________________________

DESCRIPTION:
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

MAJOR PLAYERS:
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________
BIG IDEAS:
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


EVENT:________________________________

DATE: ________________________________

DESCRIPTION:
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

MAJOR PLAYERS:
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________
BIG IDEAS:




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         PRACTICE HSPA EXPOSITORY ESSAY WRITING PROMPTS:


SAMPLE TASK #1:

"Nothing requires more discipline than Freedom"

Assignment: Using examples from literature, history, science, film, or your own experiences, write an essay in which you
develop your point of view on this statement.



SAMPLE TASK #2:

The principle is this: each failure leads us closer to deeper knowledge, to greater creativity in understanding old data, to new
lines of inquiry. Thomas Edison experienced 10,000 failures before he succeeded in perfecting the lightbulb. When a friend
of his remarked that 10,000 failures was a lot, Edison replied, "I didn't fail 10,000 times, I successfully eliminated 10,000
materials and combinations that didn't work."

Myles Brand, "Taking the Measure of Your Success"

Assignment: What is your view on the idea that it takes failure to achieve success? Using examples from literature, history,
science, film, or your own experiences, write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this statement.




SAMPLE TASK #3:

Many persons believe that to move up the ladder of success and achievement, they must forget the past, repress it, and
relinquish it. But others have just the opposite view. They see old memories as a chance to reckon with the past and
integrate past and present.

Adapted from Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, I've Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation

Do memories hinder or help people in their effort to learn from the past and succeed in the present? Using examples from
literature, history, science, film, or your own experiences, write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this
statement.




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