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This is a lesson based PowerPoint for sixth and seventh graders preparing for the state writing assessment. It is based on a five paragraphy essay structure.

This is a lesson based PowerPoint for sixth and seventh graders preparing for the state writing assessment. It is based on a five paragraphy essay structure.

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  • 1. Let’s Get Writing!! Ready, Set, Write! Mrs. Denise Young
  • 2. For Today’s Lesson
    • You need:
      • Paper
      • Pen/Pencil
      • To Focus on the Lesson!!
    • Please take out your materials and
    • Get Ready to Write!!
  • 3. Today’s Lesson
    • Defining Argumentative Writing
    • Structure of the Essay
      • Focus
      • Organization
      • Support and Elaboration
      • Style
      • Conventions
    • Form of the Essay
    • Scoring the Essay
    • Let’s Score!
  • 4. What is Argumentative Writing?
    • It focuses on evidence that justifies the writer’s position on the issue.
    • Types include: problem/solution and evaluation
    • Strengthened by focus on purpose, audience and context.
  • 5. Structure of the Essay
    • Focus
      • Clearly establish a focus in response to the prompt
    • Organization
      • Progression,
      • Relatedness, and
      • Completeness of Ideas
  • 6. Structure of the Essay
    • Support and Elaboration
      • Support: Details must relate to the focus of the response
      • Elaboration: Sufficient to present the ideas clearly
      • Writer establishes a direct relationship between the details, the elaboration and the focus.
      • Writer needs to present his/her ideas with power and clarity
      • Use concrete, specific details
  • 7. Structure of the Essay
    • Style
      • The control of language that is appropriate to the purpose, audience and context
      • Use appropriate words, phrases and descriptions that engage the audience
      • Sentence Fluency – using a variety of sentence styles
  • 8. Structure of the Essay
    • Conventions
      • Correctness in sentence:
        • Formation
        • Usage
        • Mechanics
  • 9. Form of the Essay
    • Five paragraphs
      • Introduction: restates prompt, states position, states 3 main reasons/ideas
      • 3 Body Paragraphs: each paragraph focuses on one of the main reasons/ideas
      • Conclusion: restates 3 main reasons/ideas and draws a conclusion based on those reasons/ideas
  • 10. Scoring Rubric
    • Score NS, 1, 2, 3 or 4
    • Same rubric for 4, 7 and 10 th grades
    • Separate from conventions – grammar scoring
  • 11. Score NS
    • This code may be used for compositions that are entirely illegible or otherwise unscorable:
      • blank responses
      • responses written in a foreign language
      • restatements of the prompt and
      • responses that are off-topic or incoherent.
  • 12. Score 1
    • Topic/subject is unclear or confusing
    • May fail to establish focus on topic/subject
    • Organizational structure may not establish connection between and among ideas and/or events
    • May consist of ideas and/or events that are presented in a random fashion and is incomplete or confusing
    • Support and elaboration attempts to support the topic/subject but may be unrelated or confusing
    • Consists of sparse details
    • Lacks use of vocabulary that is precise and purposeful
    • May not demonstrate sentence fluency
  • 13. Score 2
    • Topic/subject may be vague
    • May lose or may exhibit major lapses in focus on topic/subject
    • Organizational structure may establish little relationship between and among ideas and/or events
    • May have major lapses in the logical progression of ideas and/or events and is minimally complete
    • Support and elaboration may have major weaknesses in relatedness to and support of the topic/subject
    • Consists of general and/or undeveloped details, which may be presented in a list-like fashion
    • Exhibits minimal use of vocabulary that is precise and purposeful
    • Demonstrates minimal use of sentence fluency
  • 14. Score 3
    • Topic/subject is generally clear, though it may or may not be explicitly stated
    • May exhibit minor lapses in focus on topic/subject
    • Organizational structure establishes relationships between and among ideas and/or events, although minor lapses may be present
    • Consists of a logical progression of ideas and/or events and is reasonably complete, although minor lapses may be present
    • Support and elaboration may have minor weaknesses in relatedness to and support of the topic/subject
    • Consists of some specific details
    • Exhibits reasonable use of vocabulary that is precise and purposeful
    • Demonstrates reasonable use of sentence fluency
  • 15. Score 4
    • Topic/subject is clear, though it may or may not be explicitly stated ·
    • Maintains focus on topic/subject throughout the response·
    • Organizational structure establishes relationships between and among ideas and/or events·
    • Consists of a logical progression of ideas and/or events and is unified and complete
    • Support and elaboration are related to and supportive of the topic/subject·
    • Consists of specific, developed details·
    • Exhibits skillful use of vocabulary that is precise and purposeful
    • Demonstrates skillful use of sentence fluency
  • 16. Now Let’s Score!!