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1 Educational Solutions Composition Strategies for FCAT Writing+ Grades

2 Educational Solutions for Florida Teachers Kathy Lancaster, Ph.D Volume 2: Composition Strategies for FCAT Writing+ Grades 6-10

3 Educational Solutions Technical assistance for teaching and learning across the curriculum can result in positive measurable outcomes.

4 Educational Solutions Holistic scoring Scoring rubrics: non- scorable - 6 Two types of prompts Timed – 45 minutes FCAT Writing+ Composition Task

5 Educational Solutions 3 grade levels tested 2 types of prompts at each grade level 4 th – narrative or expository prompts 8 th – persuasive or expository prompts 10 th – persuasive or expository prompts FCAT Writing+ Composition Task

6 Educational Solutions Focus Organization Support Conventions Scoring criteria and rubrics linked to

7 Some ideas to remember ~ 1.FCAT WRITING+ values the quality of writing over structure. 2.A presented writing prompt will allow for different methods of organization and development. 3.No preconceived guidelines exist for number of paragraphs nor sentences per paragraph. Educational Solutions

8 Standard Structure for Compositions* Introductory paragraph – hook, thesis statement Body paragraphs – topic sentence, supports Concluding paragraph - summary or conclusion * Guidelines for classroom writing may differ from criteria for success on FCAT writing prompt.

9 Educational Solutions The “Key Word Method” for Effective Essays 1. Identify the question and audience; highlight key words from the prompt. 2.Make a graphic organizer to plan the essay; plan major parts and supporting details. 3.Design a thesis statement for the introductory paragraph using key words from the question.

10 Educational Solutions The “Key Word Method” for Effective Essays 4.Compose a topic sentence for each body paragraph using key words. 5. Write an attention-grabbing introduction. 6. Develop each paragraph with supporting details. 7.Conclude with a restatement of the thesis (key words); reference opening statements.

11 Educational Solutions Ways to Develop Content 1.Build supports - examples, quotations, facts, statistics, descriptive details, figurative language. 2.Use connectors and transitions to show relationships, logical flow of ideas. 3.Show a commitment to the topic, personalize.

12 Educational Solutions Edit for ~ 1.Varied sentence structure and word choice, 2.Grammar, mechanics, usage, spelling, and punctuation, and 3. Development of topic with internal supports.

13 Educational Solutions Sample Expository Prompt Writing Situation - Through the years new inventions have changed the way we live. Directions for Writing - Before you begin writing, think about one invention which has had an impact on the way you live. Now, write to explain to your teacher how this invention has changed your life.

14 Educational Solutions Sample Expository Prompt Questions: What one invention has changed my life? How? Who is my audience? Answers using key words – invention how this invention changedmy life audience is my teacher

15 Educational Solutions Sample Persuasive Prompt Writing Situation – Your school is considering a new policy that will require all students to wear uniforms. Directions for Writing - Before you begin writing, think about the reasons why you agree or disagree with this policy. Now, write to convince the principal that your school should or should not require students to wear uniforms.

16 Educational Solutions Sample Persuasive Prompt Question: Do I agree or disagree with the proposed new policy about school uniforms? What are my reasons for convincing the principal? Answers using key words – agree (or disagree) with new policy require students to wear school uniforms reasons audience is my principal

17 Educational Solutions Insufficient supports Loss of focus Failure to address the issue or topic Overuse of question format (“Have you ever wondered?”) Addressing the reader/stating the obvious: “I’m going to tell you about...” Common Student Errors in Classroom Writing* * Guidelines for classroom writing may differ from criteria for success on FCAT writing prompt.

18 Educational Solutions Credits Photography Anne Kelly Cohan Kathy Lancaster Models Jonnie Lancaster Tommy Lancaster Matthew Meister Graciela Mendoza Arielle Taylor-Manges Portia Williams Educational Solutions ~ Kathy Lancaster, Ph.D. ~ KathyLancaster.com


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