Class #10
Informational and Assessment writing
Reminders
• Literary analysis is due today, upload it
  on blackboard by midnight March 26th .
• Also on blackboard is an ...
Informational Writing
Includes expository and descriptive writing
• Expository - to
  inform, explain, clarify, define, or...
Informational Writing
Includes expository and descriptive writing
• Descriptive - a vivid portrayal of a
  person, place, ...
Informational Writing
           Essays

           Letters

          Critiques

        Newsletters

      Magazine arti...
Informational Writing
Academic writing/Assessments

Short constructed responses – in response to a
  reading passage

• Th...
Informational Writing
Academic writing/Assessments

• Picture and Poetry prompts – writing in
  response to a picture or p...
Informational Writing
                             Fat Is Not a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen

                             I a...
Informational Writing
Academic writing/Assessments

• Three to Five paragraph essay
  •    Opening - captures reader; focu...
Informational Writing
Academic Writing - Essay types

 Picture prompt                  Problem/solution

              ...
Informational Writing
Teaching informational writing
• Prewriting strategies
• Focus on main ideas/thesis statements
• Pro...
Informational Writing
On the wiki page labeled, “Essay Types – Assessment
  Writing”, you will find 5 essay prompts. For e...
Partner Biography
               revisited
• First interview should be     • Cartoons
  completed
                        ...
Writing Portfolios
Why?

• To show growth in writing

• To allow for self-reflection and assessment

• To represent the be...
Writing Portfolios
What?

• Table of contents

• Writer’s Reflection

• A sampleof feedback, revisions, drafts, editing

•...
Writing Portfolio


The choice is yours: by next class decide whether
  you would like to do the wiki project (writing
  u...
For next class
• Picture and poetry prompt responses
• Upload draft of essay prompt (bring in
  prewriting)
• Face to Face...
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TLT 410 class 10 Informational Writing

  1. 1. Class #10 Informational and Assessment writing
  2. 2. Reminders • Literary analysis is due today, upload it on blackboard by midnight March 26th . • Also on blackboard is an assignment for memoir. It is due April 2nd. It is available for uploading at any time before 4pm on April 2nd.
  3. 3. Informational Writing Includes expository and descriptive writing • Expository - to inform, explain, clarify, define, or instruct; no response from reader; strong on organization and ideas Characteristics: focus, logical support, details, explanations, exampl es, coherence
  4. 4. Informational Writing Includes expository and descriptive writing • Descriptive - a vivid portrayal of a person, place, or thing; strong on voice and word choice Characteristics: sensory rich language, vivid details, strong use of figurative language
  5. 5. Informational Writing Essays Letters Critiques Newsletters Magazine articles Newspaper articles
  6. 6. Informational Writing Academic writing/Assessments Short constructed responses – in response to a reading passage • The Hamburger Paragraph model Topic statement or answer sentence Strong details or arguments to support topic statement or answer Restating topic statement or answer again in a different way
  7. 7. Informational Writing Academic writing/Assessments • Picture and Poetry prompts – writing in response to a picture or poem, not a description but a reaction Extended Hamburger B|N|A Before the picture Now in the picture After the picture
  8. 8. Informational Writing Fat Is Not a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen I am thinking of a fairy tale,
CinderElephant,
SleepingTubby,
SnowWeight,
where the princess is not
anorexic, wasp-waisted,
flinging herself down the stairs. I am thinking of a fairy tale,
Hansel and Great,
Repoundsel,
Bounty and the Beast,
where the beauty
has a pillowed breast,
and fingers plump as sausage. I am thinking of a fairy tale
that is not yet written,
for a teller not yet born,
for a listener not yet conceived,
for a world not yet won,
where everything round is good:
the sun, wheels, cookies, and the princess. It was a perfect lift-off.
  9. 9. Informational Writing Academic writing/Assessments • Three to Five paragraph essay • Opening - captures reader; focus and main thesis • Middle - provides supportive and intriguing details of thesis • Conclusion - summarizes piece, leaves the reader with a juicy tidbit
  10. 10. Informational Writing Academic Writing - Essay types  Picture prompt  Problem/solution   Process Persuasive   Comparative Illustrative   Definition Explorative   Cause/effect Experience  Argumentation  Reflection
  11. 11. Informational Writing Teaching informational writing • Prewriting strategies • Focus on main ideas/thesis statements • Providing solid details – finding key points • Down and dirty writing techniques • Working on leads and conclusions • Quick editing techniques • Timing (for assessments)
  12. 12. Informational Writing On the wiki page labeled, “Essay Types – Assessment Writing”, you will find 5 essay prompts. For each topic, decide which type of essay would best reflect the purpose of the prompt. Briefly explain your choice and why. Once you have reviewed each prompt, pick one of them and construct an essay. Make sure to do some prewriting as well. If you really want a challenge, complete your prewriting and drafting in 25 minutes (since this is what we expect our students to do)! You will upload your draft on Blackboard and turn in your prewriting during our next class.
  13. 13. Partner Biography revisited • First interview should be • Cartoons completed • Graphic organizers • Set up time for next follow up interview (face to face) • Cube analysis • Ideas for multi-genre • Poems project: • Timeline/lifeline • Quotations • Me box or bag • Maps • Me book • Poster • Articles/Essays/Stories • Open Mind portrait • Photos with captions
  14. 14. Writing Portfolios Why? • To show growth in writing • To allow for self-reflection and assessment • To represent the best work as a writer • To demonstrate learning
  15. 15. Writing Portfolios What? • Table of contents • Writer’s Reflection • A sampleof feedback, revisions, drafts, editing • Representative sampling of writing
  16. 16. Writing Portfolio The choice is yours: by next class decide whether you would like to do the wiki project (writing unit) as described on the syllabus or construct your own personal writing portfolio. We may allow for either choice. But as a class, we will together decide on the requirements of the portfolio.
  17. 17. For next class • Picture and poetry prompt responses • Upload draft of essay prompt (bring in prewriting) • Face to Face second follow-up interview completed • Decision about portfolio or wiki project • Memoir

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