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Title: Writing Review

Writing Review
  • Get out paper for notes and your standards

Standards / Objectives
  • W2 Write informative texts to examine and convey
    complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly
    and accurately through the effective selection,
    organization, and analysis of content.
  • Objective Today you will remind yourself of the
    key components of an essay, how to pick apart a
    writing prompt and how to write a thesis

Date Taught Standard Text Date Tested
10/13/14 W2 Write informative texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. Writing prompts and articles 10/27/14
Sprinkle- all classes test in G7 Lab
Writing Assessment Schedule (11th) Writing Assessment Schedule (11th) Writing Assessment Schedule (11th)
Tuesday, 2/17 Wednesday, 2/18 Thursday, 2/19
815 1045 - 2nd period 815 1045 a.m. 3rd pd. English 815 1045 a.m. 7th pd. English
1215 245 p.m. - 4th pd. English 1215 245 p.m. 5th pd. English 1215 245 p.m. 6th pd. English
4th, 5th, and 6th period, you will take 1st
lunch on your testing day and report to G7 Lab as
quickly as possible.
  • Testing Date Tues. 2/17/15 Period
    Displaced Location Monitor
    6th AN-11 B.
  • Testing Date Wed. 2/18/15 Period
    Displaced Location Monitor
  • 7th
    BN-7 Heitt
  • Testing Date Thurs. 2/19/15 Period
    Displaced Location Monitor
  • 2nd
    Gym Biggs
  • 4th
    M-2 Marshall

Prior Knowledge Review Brainstorm
  • What components do you need in an essay no matter
    the type?
  • Introduction
  • hook
  • intro of topic and stimuli
  • Clear, concise, thesis
  • Body paragraphs
  • State your claim that connects with the thesis
  • Transitions
  • Evidence from text to support thesis and main
    supports (quote) with parenthetical citation to
    avoid plagiarism
  • Explain how your evidence supports your claim
  • Conclusion that wraps up the entire concept
  • Re-state the thesis in s new way
  • Summarize main points
  • Answer so what make the reader consider the
    implications of theses points

Informative/analytical Essays
  • Basic Definition to educate your reader on a
  • Informative Evaluative Analysis Explanatory
  • Multitude of uses evaluate the effects of a new
    law, to compare two movies, to analyze a piece of
    literature, to examine the problem of greenhouse
    gases in the atmosphere, inspection summary
  • Forms of informative essays
  • Define a term
  • Compare and contrast something
  • Analyze data
  • Note There are many other forms, but our
    purposes we will focus on these three.

Informative/analytical Essays DO NOT
  • Give an opinion
  • Attempt to persuade the reader to change their
  • If you give an opinion in phase one you are not
    on topic and will not score well on development
    or focus organization

  • The purpose of an essay prompt is to inspire a
    response in the form of an essay, which will test
    your writing, reasoning and analysis skills.

What does the prompt even MEAN?!
  • Task -read the prompt and determine what the
    prompt is asking you to do. Make notes on your
    prompt to guide you. Look for the verbs
  • Issue- What is the issue/subject you need to
    write about?
  • Purpose-What is the reason for writing? What are
    you trying to get your audience to understand?
  • Expository/analysis - writing informative and
    explanatory texts to examine and convey ideas and
    information clearly
  • Persuasive - writing opinions on topics or texts
    and supporting a point of view with reasons and

Model learning activity
  • Please read Its Not You, Its Me by Annie
    Murphy Paul andThe Secret to Raising Smart Kids
    by Carol S. Dweck.
  • After you have read the texts, write an essay
    that analyzes how Dweck and Paul each use and
    refine the meaning of the term intelligence over
    the course of their articles. Be sure to also
    discuss the similarities and differences between
    their definitions.
  • Cite strong and thorough evidence from both texts
    to support your analysis. Follow the conventions
    of standard written English. Write your essay in
    the space provided in the next pages.
  • Based on TIP, what is the overall question this
    prompt is asking? Be very clear and specific?

Creating a Thesis Statement what is the
question the prompt is asking?
  • 1. Determine essays topic (ISSUE)
  • Example How two authors define the term
  • 2. Determine what kind of paper you are writing
    and what kind of thesis statement you need to
    use (PURPOSE).
  • Example informative/analysis
  • 3. Determine how you will construct your thesis
    (TASK what it needs to include)
  • Example
  • Explain how the authors define the term
  • Compare and contrast the two definitions
  • 4. What question does the prompt ask, overall?
  • Example What are the similarities and
    differences in the way the two authors define the
    term intelligence and how do these authors define
    the term in their text

Whats a thesis statement?
  • UMMMM, Its THE most important thing in your
    whole essay!
  • It is an extension of the ISSUE/SUBJECT you
    identified in TIP

What does the thesis statement do?
  • What is its purpose?

  • So, your thesis statement should inform the
    reader what the task, issue and purpose is!

What does the thesis statement do?
  • It contains the essays topic and your viewpoint
    (if the prompt asks you to express a viewpoint)
  • Tells your reader what the essay will be about
  • Usually comes at the end of the introduction
  • Only one sentence
  • Must be a complete sentence
  • Everything in the essay must support the thesis
  • Introduction paragraph should follow this format
  • Attention getter (commonly known as a hook)
  • Introduce the topic
  • State the thesis

Now annotate!
  • Annotation to add notes to a text or diagram
    giving explanation or comment
  • It helps you interact with the text and therefore
    comprehend more.

What to write down while annotating?
  • Ask questions Are you confused about something?
    Write the question down in the margins.
  • React to what you read Maybe you read something
    that just made you mad, startled you, or brought
    you to tears. Write down your reaction to the
    text so you can remember later.

What to write down while annotating?
  • Locate important passages Is there a quote that
    you think is important or thoughtful? Is there an
    idea you think might be worth remembering? Is
    there a big idea that is at the foundation of
    the article? These are important to locate, as
    they are what you might quote in your
    investigation or written essay later.

What to write down while annotating?
  • Make connections Maybe something you read
    reminds you of an experience youve had or
    parallels a part of your life record these
    connections and they will help you find meaning
    and relevancy in what you read.

What to write down while annotating?
  • Define new words Too often, reading
    comprehension problems occur because readers
    dont understand words. Its not too much trouble
    to look up the word in the dictionary. If you
    physically cant look up the word as you
    encounter it, highlight it in the moment and look
    it up at your first opportunity. CONTEXT CLUES
    will come in handy.

After you read
  • Summarize what youve read In the empty space at
    the end of a page, rewrite the article noting the
    essential points, using only a couple of
    sentences. You might find that doing so will help
    you understand what you just read.

Why its important to annotate
  • Even though annotation can feel like a burden,
    its an important part of understanding what you
    read. Choosing not to do so is choosing to reject
    a strategy that will help you become a more
    thoughtful and thorough reader.

  • Annotate the article for Grades 11-12 Writing
    Practice test I. (The Decline if Newspapers is
    bad for the US by Laura Finley)
  • Make sure to annotate to the purpose of the
  • Writ a thesis statement for this prompt.

Todays assignment
  • On a separate sheet of paper, write the TASK,
    ISSUE, and PURPOSE of the Grades 11-12 Writing
    Practice test I.
  • Then write a PERFECT thesis statement for this
  • Staple this sheet of paper to your annotated
    article and turn it in to the tray.
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