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  • 1. Tips for WASL Writing Prepared by your K-6 Literacy Team
  • 2. 4 th Grade WASL Writing
    • You will participate in two days of writing.
    • One day you will be asked to write a narrative – to “ tell a story.”
    • One day you will be asked to write an expository – an “ explain ” piece.
  • 3. Narrative Writing Should:
    • Include a beginning, middle, and end.
    • Include story elements – characters, setting, problem, events, and solution.
    • Be entertaining to your reader.
    • Be easy for your reader to follow the story events. Make sure the events occur in sequence and are connected to the story elements.
  • 4. How Will I Make My Story “Very Good?”
    • Your story will be “very good” if you have thoughtful and specific content and organize your writing.
    • Let’s look at the Checklist for Writing Stories on the document camera to identify what qualities will make your story “very good.”
  • 5. A Sample Narrative Prompt
    • 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.
    • What is the topic ? Who is the audience ? What is the purpose ? In what format will you write?
  • 6. Expository Writing Should:
    • Be focused on a topic you know a lot about!
    • Be supported by reasons, details, examples, and experiences to
    • “tell more” about your topic.
    • Be organized with an introduction, middle, and conclusion.
  • 7. How Will I Make My Expository Writing “Very Good?”
    • Your writing will be “very good” if you have thoughtful and specific content and organize your writing.
    • Let’s look at the Checklist for Expository Writing on the document camera to identify what qualities will make your writing “very good.”
  • 8. A Sample Expository Prompt
    • 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.
    • What is the topic ? Who is the audience ? What is the purpose ?
    • In what format will you write?
  • 9. Prewriting Is A Great Idea!
    • Be sure to select a topic that you know a lot about.
    • Take time to plan what details you want to include in your story or your expository writing.
    • Make sure you have enough details to fully “tell your story” or “explain your ideas.”
  • 10. Prewriting
    • Choose a method for prewriting
    • that works best for YOU!
  • 11. It’s Time To Write
    • Be sure to refer to your prewriting plan. This will keep your writing focused, detailed, and organized.
    • Write from the heart!
    • Use your creativity and imagination in your story . Use your knowledge and personal experiences in your expository .
  • 12. I’m Done Writing, Now What?
    • This is the time to reread your writing and consider these questions :
      • Does my writing make sense?
      • Will my reader have any questions that I haven’t answered in my writing?
      • Have I thoroughly explained my ideas?
      • What can I revise, add, or change?
      • Have I done my very best work?
  • 13. Do One More Check!
    • Go back to the Writing Checklist in your booklet. Carefully review and consider if your writing includes each quality listed.
    • This is one last time, to reread
    • and make any final changes
    • in your writing.
  • 14. What Score Do I Think My Writing Will Earn?
    • Content, Organization, and Style (COS) can earn as many as 4 points on your narrative and 4 points on your expository.
    • Conventions (CON) can earn as many as 2 points on your narrative and 2 points on your expository.
    • The Writing Checklist reviews the qualities your writing needs for COS and CON. Take a look!
  • 15. Happy Writing!
    • Have fun!
    • Show what you know about
    • creating great writing!
  • 16. This Presentation Was Prepared For You
    • By Puyallup School District’s
    • K-6 Literacy Team:
      • Susan Templin, K-1 st
      • Louis Tibbs, 2 nd – 3 rd
      • Nancy Spane, 4 th
      • Patti Nance, 5 th
      • Kris Njos, 6 th