Spring 5.1 Words of Encouragement

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Spring 5.1 Words of Encouragement

  1. 1. Some Words of Encouragement Success on the North Carolina Writing Test
  2. 2. Show Your Expertise <ul><li>When you are writing to inform your readers it is important for you to write about something you know and understand. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Show Your Expertise <ul><li>This can be difficult when you are assigned a topic; however, you should always try to make a personal connection with the topic. Once you make a personal connection, you turn the topic into something you know about. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Show Your Expertise <ul><li>If the topic is an issue, find a personal connection from your own experience. </li></ul><ul><li>If the topic is an idea, think about what it means to you personally. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Show Your Expertise <ul><li>You may use the information in the introductory text to support your writing. You should also use information from other sources such as the internet, reading, family discussions, class discussions, etc. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Show Your Expertise <ul><li>Whatever information you choose to use must be relevant to the topic. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Write a Strong Opening <ul><li>Some examples of strong openings are: </li></ul><ul><li>Use an example </li></ul><ul><li>State a fact or opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Use a definition </li></ul><ul><li>Ask a question </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge your readers </li></ul>
  8. 8. Write a Clear, Unified Body <ul><li>One way to make sure your writing is organized is to use topic sentences in each paragraph. All of your details should support and clarify your topic sentence. You can write your topic sentence anywhere in the paragraph, it doesn’t have to be the first sentence. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Write a Clear, Unified Body <ul><li>Use good transitions to help your reader connect your ideas, support and elaboration </li></ul>
  10. 10. Write a Clear, Unified Body <ul><li>Some examples of transitions are: </li></ul><ul><li>However </li></ul><ul><li>Next </li></ul><ul><li>Though </li></ul><ul><li>Soon </li></ul><ul><li>Consequently </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore </li></ul><ul><li>As a result </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to </li></ul>
  11. 11. Write a Strong Conclusion <ul><li>You need to return to what you have already written in your closing, but avoid simply rephrasing your opening. Be creative here. Give your reader something to think about. You can employ some of the same types of strategies as listed in writing a strong opening. Most importantly, write something that will make your paper memorable. </li></ul>

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