PSSA Writing<br />
PSSA Test<br />DAY 1: Multiple Choice<br />Day 2: Essay Prompt<br />Day 3: Essay Prompt<br />
Writing Rubric<br />Focus<br />single controlling point<br />Content<br />presence of ideas developed through facts, examp...
STOP and think- FAPP<br />Format<br />What are you being asked to write? Speech? Letter? Essay?<br />Audience<br />To whom...
Organization<br />Order developed and sustained within and between paragraphs?<br />There is an intro and conclusion<br />...
Introduction<br />Grab the readers attention.<br />How does something you are reading grab your attention?<br />Last sente...
Thesis (Main idea)<br />The road map for your paper. <br />It shows where you are going and how you plan to get there.<br ...
Body<br />Main points <br />Supporting detail<br />Transition, transition, transition!!!!!<br />
Example Transitions<br />Time<br />when, while, since, before, after, until, once<br />Place<br />where, wherever<br />Cau...
Conclusion:"Telling 'em what you told 'em" <br />Restates your main idea.<br />Your intro and thesis were the road map; ho...
Style<br />Humor<br />Dialogue<br />figurative language<br />sensory details<br />vivid verbs<br />colorful adjectives and...
Conventions<br />Take a chance on a big word<br />Watch the spelling of the most commonly used words.<br />
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  1. 1. PSSA Writing<br />
  2. 2. PSSA Test<br />DAY 1: Multiple Choice<br />Day 2: Essay Prompt<br />Day 3: Essay Prompt<br />
  3. 3. Writing Rubric<br />Focus<br />single controlling point<br />Content<br />presence of ideas developed through facts, examples, ideas, details, stats, etc.<br />Organization<br />order developed and sustained within and across paragraphs with transition<br />Conventions<br />use of grammar, sentence structure and spelling<br />Style<br />choice, use and arrangement of words and sentence structure that create tone and voice<br />
  4. 4. STOP and think- FAPP<br />Format<br />What are you being asked to write? Speech? Letter? Essay?<br />Audience<br />To whom are you writing? What if you are not given an audience?<br />Persona<br />Who are you supposed to be?<br />Purpose<br />Persuade or inform?<br />
  5. 5. Organization<br />Order developed and sustained within and between paragraphs?<br />There is an intro and conclusion<br />Logical Pattern:<br />Chronological<br />Most-to-Least Important<br />Least-to-Most Important<br />Spatial<br />Cause/Effect<br />
  6. 6. Introduction<br />Grab the readers attention.<br />How does something you are reading grab your attention?<br />Last sentences should be your thesis statement (main idea)<br />
  7. 7. Thesis (Main idea)<br />The road map for your paper. <br />It shows where you are going and how you plan to get there.<br />If you start to get lost, pull over and read your thesis again to get back on track.<br />
  8. 8. Body<br />Main points <br />Supporting detail<br />Transition, transition, transition!!!!!<br />
  9. 9. Example Transitions<br />Time<br />when, while, since, before, after, until, once<br />Place<br />where, wherever<br />Cause<br />because, since, as, now that, inasmuch as<br />Condition<br />if, unless, on condition that<br />Contrast/Concession<br />although, even though, despite, in spite of<br />Adversative<br />while, where, whereas<br />Other<br />that, which, who, whoever, whom, what, why, how...<br />
  10. 10. Conclusion:"Telling 'em what you told 'em" <br />Restates your main idea.<br />Your intro and thesis were the road map; however, your conclusion is the same road map with the trip complete. This means your thesis should be restated but not repeated, since a journey was completed since reading it.<br />
  11. 11. Style<br />Humor<br />Dialogue<br />figurative language<br />sensory details<br />vivid verbs<br />colorful adjectives and adverbs<br />specific nouns<br />a variety of sentence structure.<br />
  12. 12. Conventions<br />Take a chance on a big word<br />Watch the spelling of the most commonly used words.<br />

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