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  • 1. Terrific Tropical
    TAKS Tips
  • 2. Essay:
    Be specific.
    Give details.
    Avoid words likegood,bad, very, etc.
  • 3. Translate the prompt.
    The prompt says, “Write an essay explaining what courage means to you.”
    The prompt means, “Write a story about one time when someone
    I KNOW showed courage.”
  • 4. Prewriting helps—really it does!
    Common Prewriting Techniques:
    Brainstorming Cubing
    Outlining Clustering
    Webbing Venn Diagram
    Free writing Thinking map
  • 5. Essay:
    Develop one specific story.
    Let the reader “hear your voice” by
    making it personal and realistic.
    Be sure to end with a strong
    conclusion that ties
    your story back
    to the topic.
  • 6. Essay Development:
    “Deep, Not Wide”
    Focus on one story, not three different examples or reasons.
  • 7. Essay:
    Remember to use the writing techniques we learned in class.
  • 8. Show, Don’t Tell
    Telling sentence:
    “The room was decorated well.”
    Showing sentence:
    “Vases of freshly-cut tropical flowers sat on crisp, clean tablecloths, candles flickered brightly, and golden pineapples surrounded by colorful miniature umbrellas adorned every table.”
  • 9. Snapshot
    Describe a person or a scene as if you are looking at a picture, trying to convey the details to your reader.
  • 10. Explode a Moment
    Give specific details at the most exciting moment in your story to slow down the action.
  • 11. Short Answer
    Answerthe question and prove your answer with evidence from the text.
    Be sure the quotation proves your answer.
    Don’t write anything else. Just answer it and prove it.
  • 12. Cross-Over Short Answer
    +
    Answer Answer
    1 2
    Proof Proof
    1 2
  • 13. Reading Multiple Choice:
    READ THROUGH EACH PASSAGE CAREFULLY. After reading the questions, return to the passage and look for each answer—even if you think you already know what the correct answer is.
  • 14. Reading Multiple Choice:
    Highlightthe correct answer in the reading passage.
  • 15. All sections except editing and revising:
    Use a
    dictionary or a thesaurus.
  • 16. Editing and Revising
    Use process of elimination.
    Eliminate choices with fragments or run-ons.
    Watch out for possessives and apostrophes.
    Remember that singular verbs end with –s.
  • 17. Exemption from Final Essay
    Students inEnglish III who pass the ELA TAKS will be able to exempt the essay on the final exam.
    Students in Honors or AP who score a 3 or a 4 on the ELA TAKS essay will be able to exempt the essay on the final exam.
    The final essay counts 40% of the final exam grade.
  • 18. Relax, take your time, and do your best!
  • 19. Sources
    Atkins, Sue. mvc-087s.jpg. March 11, 2003. Pics4Learning. 18 May 2011http://pics.tech4learning.com
    Boggs, Kevin. waikikisunset001.jpg. October 2008. Pics4Learning. 18 May 2011 <http://pics.tech4learning.com>
    Fogarty, Kim. img_03781.jpg. December 2010. Pics4Learning. 18 May 2011 http://pics.tech4learning.com
    Fogarty, Kim. img_0753.jpg. December 2010. Pics4Learning. 18 May 2011 http://pics.tech4learning.com
    Oro, Ann. 2009digitalcamera.jpg. August 11, 2007. Pics4Learning. 18 May 2011http://pics.tech4learning.com
  • 20. Brad Townsend
    Technology in Today’s Classroom
    East Texas Baptist University