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Georgia high school writing test

  1. 1. GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL WRITING TEST2012 Writing Test Prep
  2. 2. The Test When? October 3rd Make-up? October 4th Students in the 11th grade participate in the Georgia High School Writing Test and must pass the GHSWT to earn a regular education diploma. The writing test requires students to produce a composition of no more than two pages on an assigned topic. The two-hour test administration includes 100 minutes of student writing time.
  3. 3. Persuasive Writing In persuasion, the writer assumes a position on an issue and uses language to influence the reader. The purpose is to express a writer’s opinion on a subject either explicitly or implicitly. Through the support provided, the writer presents a convincing point of view.
  4. 4. Scoring The scoring system is analytic. Analytic scoring means that more than one feature or domain of a paper is evaluated. Each domain itself is scored holistically. The score assigned indicates the test raters’ overall impression of the writer’s command of the components, using predetermined scoring criteria contained in the Scoring Rubrics.
  5. 5. Rubric: Domains 1 & 2Domain 1: IDEASThe degree to which the writer establishes acontrolling idea and elaborates the mainpoints with examples, illustrations, facts, ordetails that are appropriate to the persuasivegenre.Domain 2: OrganizationThe degree to which the writer=s ideas arearranged in a clear order and the overallstructure of the response is consistent withthe persuasive genre.
  6. 6. Rubric: Domains 3 & 4Domain 3: StyleThe degree to which the writer controlslanguage to engage the reader.Domain 4: ConventionsThe degree to which the writer demonstratescontrol of sentence formation, usage, andmechanics.  N te : I g e ne ra l, s e nte nc e fo rm a tio n a nd us a g e o n a re we ig hte d m o re he a vily tha n m e c ha nic s in d e te rm ining the o ve ra ll c o nve ntio ns s c o re .
  7. 7. Ideas: The BIG IdeaTHESIS StatementOne specific sentence stating your positionon the topic/prompt.  Do NOT use 1st person.This statement should be supported withspecific evidence in the body of your paper.  All points in the body of your paper should connect back to the thesis statement.
  8. 8. Last Year’s Writing Topic Writing SituationTechnology has changed our country a great deal in the last 10 years. Your social studies class is debating the importance of many new inventions in today’s world. Decide which invention you think is the most important.Directions for WritingWrite a letter to convince your classmates that your selection is the most important invention in today’s world. Use specific examples and details to explain why the invention you select is so important.
  9. 9. Score: 5 Everyday new technology is developedand old technology is improved. But, really weowe the greatest of our technology to the late1980’s when the internet was created. Theinternet is, by far, the most astoundingconcept ever invented. The net has, in its veryshort life, promoted free thought, boosted theworld’s economy, and brought peopletogether.
  10. 10. Writing AssignmentSubmit to the “Writing Test: Thesis” dropbox an introductory paragraph with a clear and concise thesis statement. (Type directly into the textbox of the dropbox.)  Writing Situation Technology has changed our country a great deal in the last 10 years. Your social studies class is debating the importance of many new inventions in today’s world. Decide which invention you think is the most important.  Directions for Writing Write a letter to convince your classmates that your selection is the most important invention in today’s world. Use specific examples and details to explain why the invention you select is so important.

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