Writing the Essay:A short response to a given topic of interest
Test Expectations:• You will have 30 minutes to write an essay• Write only on the topic given• How WELL you write is more important than how MUCH you write• Organize thoughts before writing• Write more than a short paragraph (write at least three)• Make sure that you indent each paragraph• Don’t write outside of the margins• Use legible handwriting• Write in blue or black pen
Steps for the writing process:brainstorm, write (in an organized fashion), and self-check.• First, brainstorm. Create either an outline or a visual web diagram containing all information you wish to include in your essay. Write out your thesis statement (whether you agree or disagree with the prompt, and three reasons why) and also list those reasons with specific examples and facts as back-up.• Next, you should write the essay in a structured, organized, and well-thought-out manner.• Finally, you should self-check your work using the acronym COPS, which stands for Capitalization, Organization, Punctuation, and Spelling.
If you were granted the power to change one thing about your community, what would you change and why? Notes:Thesis: If I had the power to change one thing about the community in which I live, Iwould put a stop to the trash that litters our roadsides.I. Wild animals suffer A. Get entangled B. Digest toxic wastesII. Environment gets polluted A. Non-biodegradable material B. Trash sits along the sides of the roadsIII. Those who litter should be held responsible A. Hefty fines should be given B. Those who litter should clean highways
Write your essay topic in the box exactly as the question reads:If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Checklist for the Essay Writing• ___Did I put the topic on the box at the top of the first page as instructed?• ___Did I plan my essay before putting it on the lined sheets?• ___Did I allow enough time to write my final copy on the lined sheets?• ___Did I write about the topic that was given?• ___Did I include details to add interest?• ___Did I follow rules for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization?• ___Can others read my handwriting?• ___Did I review my writing upon finishing?
Possible Essay Prompts:• Describe an inspirational experience.• If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?• Describe a family celebration that has special meaning for you.• Describe an ideal vacation.• Describe, in detail, a team sport that interests you.• Explain why a particular adjective describes you perfectly.• What is special about you? Explain what makes you a unique individual.• Describe your favorite game. Explain why it is your favorite.• Tell how you can make a new friend.• Describe your school.• Describe the chores and responsibilities that you have at home.• Discuss reasons for appreciating your parents.• Describe the best way to honor a hero.• What would be the perfect career for you some day?• There are many worldly problems today. Name one that you would like to solve and explain why.
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