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Title: Top 10 Tips for 7th Grade Writing Success


1
Top 10 Tips for 7th Grade Writing Success
  • Presented and Developed by
  • Jayne Knighton
  • Region 10 ESC

2
Tip 10
  • Conventions A Potential Deal Breaker

3
errows shuoldnt Ditrakt frum meeneeng? (Painful,
Huh?)
  • Conventions and Mechanics include
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Usage
  • Grammar
  • Sentence structure
  • Capitalization
  • Indentation

4
Tip 9
  • Big is Better . . . NOT!!!

It all depends!
5
Word Choice
  • Use simple language well
  • There are many 3s that do not have one, single
    Million Dollar Word
  • But, many of the 4s show well-developed
    vocabularies, and the words are used correctly.

6
Tip 8
  • Slash Superficial

7
Superficial
  • The hallmark of the 2 is superficiality.
  • Superficial synonyms
  • Fake
  • Inauthentic
  • Show for the sake of show (Let me show you how
    clever/cute I am.)
  • Surface level

8
Tip 7
  • Paragraphing ? Organization

9
Paragraphing Etiquette
  • Developmental appropriateness
  • For elementary school teach it, preach it, but
    dont necessarily expect it
  • For middle school teach it, preach it, and pray
    for the best
  • For high school teach it, preach it, and demand
    it

10
Tip 6
  • Beware of Repetition
  • Beware of Repetition
  • Beware of Repetition
  • Beware of Repetition

11
(Please Dont) Play it Again, Sam
  • Repetition of ideas stalls progression.
  • This is an editing issue.
  • Repetition contributes to weak development.
  • Its better to be short than to repeat (quality
    over quantity)

12
Tip 5
  • Beware of Repetition
  • Beware of Repetition
  • Beware of Repetition
  • Beware of Repetition

13
Tip 4
  • Any Approach Will Do

. . . Except Poetry
14
There are Many Successful Approaches to TAKS
Writing
  • ALL FORMS OF NARRATIVE
  • Journal entries
  • Different points of view
  • Fantasies
  • Philosophical and reflective
  • Informational commentaries
  • Editorials
  • Letters

15
Tip 3
  • Present a Unified Front

16
Nothing Random
  • Show sentence to sentence and paragraph to
    paragraph progression
  • An imaginary thread of connectedness
  • Make sure ideas connect
  • The scorer should never feel lost in the paper
    (a.k.a. Where did that come from?)

17
Tip 2
  • You got some spla-nin to do!

18
If You Lay It Out There, Be Ready to Explain
  • A lack of developed ideas makes the piece
    superficial.
  • Any presented idea must be developed
  • Depth of thought (not just tell me more)
  • What you say should show depth and insight

19
Tip 1
  • Compositional Risk . . .
  • Its a Good Thing!

20
What This Means
  • Unusual perspective
  • Use own unique experiences or view of the world
    as basis for writing
  • Make interesting connections between ideas
  • Willingness to take compositional risks enhances
    the quality of the content

21
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