Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Session 4: Writing Applications (Writing Essays) Test Taking Tips #4 Test Taking Tips #4 Essay-Writing Tips Essay-Writing Tips The 5-Paragraph Structure.

Similar presentations


Presentation on theme: "Session 4: Writing Applications (Writing Essays) Test Taking Tips #4 Test Taking Tips #4 Essay-Writing Tips Essay-Writing Tips The 5-Paragraph Structure."— Presentation transcript:

1

2 Session 4: Writing Applications (Writing Essays) Test Taking Tips #4 Test Taking Tips #4 Essay-Writing Tips Essay-Writing Tips The 5-Paragraph Structure The 5-Paragraph Structure Brainstorming, Drafting, and Revising Brainstorming, Drafting, and Revising

3 Test-Taking Tips #4 Sleep well the night before the test and eat breakfast on the morning of the test. You need energy to keep you going! On the essay portion, read the prompt carefully. Think about what it asks you to do before starting to brainstorm Use the planning page to brainstorm ideas before writing. Revise and proofread your essay when you are done. You can always erase and rewrite what is messy or misspelled. The grader needs to be able to read what you write.

4 Which test-taking tip will help you most? Look back at all four slides of test taking tips and decide your three favorite tips. Turn to the person sitting next to you and share your responses. How will you use those tips on the test?

5 Essay Writing … its not as bad as you may think! This is your chance on the test to share your own voice and ideas! Make sure you talk to the text on the question itself, and underline exactly what the questions is asking. Brainstorm first! Getting your ideas on paper will make you less nervous and help your essay become more clear and specific. Break your thoughts into groups, called paragraphs! If you write one long paragraph, you will get one low score.

6 How do I start? Step 1: Talk to the question and make sure you know what it is asking you to do (put it in your own words if that helps) Exp: Write an essay discussing whether or not you would recommend your school to other teenagers. On your paper, talk to this essay topic (TtT!)

7 Brainstorm Choose the best method for brainstorming Pro/Con Chart Spider/bubble brainstorm Check page 266-275 for other ideas Anything else that works for you! Now brainstorm about the topic: Write an essay discussing whether or not you would recommend your school to other teenagers. ForAgainst

8 What belongs in the introduction paragraph? A hook to draw the reader in Background information about the topic Thesis statement

9 What is a hook? A hook is the attention-grabbing first sentence of your essay. We call it a hook because you are trying to hook the reader in. Hooks can include: A question An interesting statement, fact, or quote A thought-provoking idea Whatever you choose, it should be on-topic and appropriate for your audience!

10 Give us an example… For an essay on whether or not to recommend OFL, a hook could include: Why do so many people leave high school before they graduate? Many students interviewed at OFL say they prefer OFL to their previous school. Independent study is not right for everyone, but many students do better working on their own.

11 What is background information? Background information is anything your reader needs in order to understand what you are talking about in your thesis and essay. Assume the reader of your essay is a smart person who doesnt know much about your topic. Exp: Opportunities for Learning is an independent study school that many students choose if the traditional school is not working for them.

12 What is a Thesis Statement? Book defines as Clearly expressed main idea about a topic Put another way, the point you are trying to prove in your essay. The most clear thesis statements include your three main arguments Exp: Opportunities for Learning is a good alternative for students because the teachers are caring, the centers are safe and clean, and students can earn credits at a faster pace than at other high schools.

13 Where do I put my Thesis Statement? The thesis statement is almost always at the very end of the first (introduction) paragraph. Thesis Statement The information in your introduction goes from general (hook) to specific (thesis)

14 Putting the introduction together… Independent study is not right for everyone, but many students do better working on their own. Opportunities for Learning is an independent study school that many students choose if the traditional school is not working for them. Opportunities for Learning is a good alternative for students because the teachers are caring, the centers are safe and clean, and students can earn credits at a faster pace than at other high schools.

15 What goes in the body paragraphs? In the most organized essays, the body paragraphs match the order of the thesis, explaining each with more information: Exp: Opportunities for Learning is a good alternative for students because 1 the teachers are caring, 2 the centers are safe and clean, and 3 students can earn credits at a faster pace than at other high schools.

16 The Body Paragraphs Introduction Body paragraph 1 Conclusion Body paragraph 2 Body paragraph 3 Thesis: Opportunities for Learning is a good alternative for students because the teachers are caring, the centers are safe and clean, and students can earn credits at a faster pace than at other high schools. The teachers are caring Students can earn credits at a faster pace The centers are safe and clean

17 The Body Paragraphs Within the body paragraphs is where all your ideas and examples are used. You can brainstorm these first, and then bring them together within each body paragraph. Example: Body ¶ 2: The centers are safe and clean Desks are clean and no one tags on them. The bathroom is always clean and orderly Students feel safe because there are never fights at the center

18 Conclusion Wraps up your essay, restating your main ideas in new words Adds up the evidence from your essay to make your final point. Think back to the hamburger: The final bite (last sentence) of your essay should be delicious! It should leave your reader with a good understanding of your main point.

19 Shape of the Conclusion The information in your conclusion goes from specific (restatement of your thesis in new words) to more general (bigger ideas about the topic)

20 Now fill in the information on the planning chart for the OFL essay… Introduction Body paragraph 1 Conclusion Body paragraph 2 Body paragraph 3

21 Choose an essay question Choose an essay question between pages 211 and 230 (but read all of them!) and answer it using the brainstorming, planning chart, then writing method. Use the rubric on page _ of your packet to evaluate yourself before turning the essay into your teacher.

22 All Homework Due!! Session 1: Pages 3-9, 11-14, 17-22, 25- 34 Session 1: Pages 3-9, 11-14, 17-22, 25- 34 Session 2: Pages 42-47; 58-64; 75-77; 92-94 (Jeff Story); 98-100; 104-106; 117-118 Session 2: Pages 42-47; 58-64; 75-77; 92-94 (Jeff Story); 98-100; 104-106; 117-118 Session 3: Page 167-170, 174-176, 196- 197, 204-206, Measuring Up; Essay, page 212 Session 3: Page 167-170, 174-176, 196- 197, 204-206, Measuring Up; Essay, page 212 Vocabulary Flashcards for all bolded words p. 1-202 Vocabulary Flashcards for all bolded words p. 1-202


Download ppt "Session 4: Writing Applications (Writing Essays) Test Taking Tips #4 Test Taking Tips #4 Essay-Writing Tips Essay-Writing Tips The 5-Paragraph Structure."

Similar presentations


Ads by Google