Before reading each passage provided, what should you do?
Skip forward and read the prompt
Make sure that the rest of the test is already completed
Take a 10 minute break
Have a snack
When reading the prompt for the passages, what are some important tips to remember?
Identify key words to assist you when reading the passages
Use the highlighting tool to gather and organize thoughts
Identify main idea of response after reading the prompt
Write the response immediately after reading the prompt, don't bother with the passages
What is the best way to gather information about your topic?
Think really hard about information you might know about the topic and ONLY use that
Read and analyze the passages provided to you and use information directly from there
Make up information that sounds good
Writing the Essay
Select all that you should consider while constructing your response
What is the purpose of an introductory paragraph?
It entertains the reader
It confuses the reader
It develops the main idea of the response
It gives all of the facts and information found within the passages
What are some ways that you can make an introductory paragraph interesting for the reader?
State an interesting fact
Ask a question
Make up a story
Provide background information
What elements need to be included in your thesis?
authors, titles, 2 elements
your own opinion
"I'm going to tell you..."
strong verb and claim
When including evidence in your paragraphs, what is the correct way to insert it? Read carefully!!
"Visibility was almost zero"
"Visibility was almost zero."
According to passage 1 "Visibility was almost zero"
According to passage 1, "Visibility was almost zero."
What is the formula that should be followed when constructing body paragraphs?
Claim, support, support, explain
Claim, support, explain, support #2, explain
Claim, explain, explain, explain
How should your conclusion be constructed?
Add new information and say "Today, I told you about"
Summarize main points from the response and restate the thesis using different words
Give your opinion about the prompt and say thank you for reading
Using sentence variation
Including sentence variation in your response is important make the response easier and more interesting to read. Using sentence variation will also create an opportunity for you to make your response longer!
Combine these two sentences into a compound, complex, or compound-complex sentence:
The car door was locked. Her keys were inside.
I will run the 100-meter dash. The race will be part of the track meet at the stadium.
We could practice the clarinet. On the other hand, we could try out for the school play.
Jon is going to work soon. Jon is a waiter.