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  • WASL Writing Tips

    1. 1. Tips for WASL Writing Prepared by your K-6 Literacy Team
    2. 2. 4 th Grade WASL Writing <ul><li>You will participate in two days of writing. </li></ul><ul><li>One day you will be asked to write a narrative – to “ tell a story.” </li></ul><ul><li>One day you will be asked to write an expository – an “ explain ” piece. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Narrative Writing Should: <ul><li>Include a beginning, middle, and end. </li></ul><ul><li>Include story elements – characters, setting, problem, events, and solution. </li></ul><ul><li>Be entertaining to your reader. </li></ul><ul><li>Be easy for your reader to follow the story events. Make sure the events occur in sequence and are connected to the story elements. </li></ul>
    4. 4. How Will I Make My Story “Very Good?” <ul><li>Your story will be “very good” if you have thoughtful and specific content and organize your writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s look at the Checklist for Writing Stories on the document camera to identify what qualities will make your story “very good.” </li></ul>
    5. 5. A Sample Narrative Prompt <ul><li>In your classroom there is a closet your teacher never opens. One day you open it. In several paragraphs, write a story telling what happens. </li></ul><ul><li>What is the topic ? Who is the audience ? What is the purpose ? In what format will you write? </li></ul>
    6. 6. Expository Writing Should: <ul><li>Be focused on a topic you know a lot about! </li></ul><ul><li>Be supported by reasons, details, examples, and experiences to </li></ul><ul><li>“tell more” about your topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Be organized with an introduction, middle, and conclusion. </li></ul>
    7. 7. How Will I Make My Expository Writing “Very Good?” <ul><li>Your writing will be “very good” if you have thoughtful and specific content and organize your writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s look at the Checklist for Expository Writing on the document camera to identify what qualities will make your writing “very good.” </li></ul>
    8. 8. A Sample Expository Prompt <ul><li>Think of an object that means a lot to you. In several paragraphs for your teacher, identify the object and explain why it is important to you. </li></ul><ul><li>What is the topic ? Who is the audience ? What is the purpose ? </li></ul><ul><li>In what format will you write? </li></ul>
    9. 9. Prewriting Is A Great Idea! <ul><li>Be sure to select a topic that you know a lot about. </li></ul><ul><li>Take time to plan what details you want to include in your story or your expository writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you have enough details to fully “tell your story” or “explain your ideas.” </li></ul>
    10. 10. Prewriting <ul><li>Choose a method for prewriting </li></ul><ul><li>that works best for YOU! </li></ul>
    11. 11. It’s Time To Write <ul><li>Be sure to refer to your prewriting plan. This will keep your writing focused, detailed, and organized. </li></ul><ul><li>Write from the heart! </li></ul><ul><li>Use your creativity and imagination in your story . Use your knowledge and personal experiences in your expository . </li></ul>
    12. 12. I’m Done Writing, Now What? <ul><li>This is the time to reread your writing and consider these questions : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does my writing make sense? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will my reader have any questions that I haven’t answered in my writing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have I thoroughly explained my ideas? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What can I revise, add, or change? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have I done my very best work? </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Do One More Check! <ul><li>Go back to the Writing Checklist in your booklet. Carefully review and consider if your writing includes each quality listed. </li></ul><ul><li>This is one last time, to reread </li></ul><ul><li>and make any final changes </li></ul><ul><li>in your writing. </li></ul>
    14. 14. What Score Do I Think My Writing Will Earn? <ul><li>Content, Organization, and Style (COS) can earn as many as 4 points on your narrative and 4 points on your expository. </li></ul><ul><li>Conventions (CON) can earn as many as 2 points on your narrative and 2 points on your expository. </li></ul><ul><li>The Writing Checklist reviews the qualities your writing needs for COS and CON. Take a look! </li></ul>
    15. 15. Happy Writing! <ul><li>Have fun! </li></ul><ul><li>Show what you know about </li></ul><ul><li>creating great writing! </li></ul>
    16. 16. This Presentation Was Prepared For You <ul><li>By Puyallup School District’s </li></ul><ul><li>K-6 Literacy Team: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Susan Templin, K-1 st </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Louis Tibbs, 2 nd – 3 rd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nancy Spane, 4 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patti Nance, 5 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kris Njos, 6 th </li></ul></ul>

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