Blowing Away the State Writing Assessment Test : Four Steps to Better Scores for Teachers of All Levels

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Blowing Away the State Writing Assessment Test gives you classroom-proven ways to improve standardized test scores and help students become better overall writers. Fifty-three reproducible student-written examples cover descriptive, expository, narrative, and persuasive topics for elementary, middle, and high-school students. Includes grading rubrics so you can show students how to score their own writing.

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Overview

Blowing Away the State Writing Assessment Test gives you classroom-proven ways to improve standardized test scores and help students become better overall writers. Fifty-three reproducible student-written examples cover descriptive, expository, narrative, and persuasive topics for elementary, middle, and high-school students. Includes grading rubrics so you can show students how to score their own writing.

Jane Bell Kiester's four easy steps show you how to teach students to cluster ideas, write strong-verb sentences, organize their writing, and compose well developed paragraphs. The lesson plans and writing prompts work with students at all levels.

Outwit the test. Help your students become better writers. Say goodbye to the anxiety of test preparation. Next time out, blow away your state's writing assessment test.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780929895369
  • Publisher: Maupin House Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 157
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Step 1 Teach Students to Write Strong-verb Practice Paragraphs 1
1. Introduction to the Strong Verbs 1
2. Introducing Students to the Use of Strong Verbs 2
Strong-verb Sentence Practice Sheet (for Primary Grades and for introduction purposes at any level) 4
Strong-verb Sentence Practice Sheet (for Elementary Schools) 6
Strong-verb Sentence Practice Sheet (for Middle Schools) 9
Strong-verb Sentence Practice Sheet (for High Schools) 10
3. Introducing the Paragraphs and Some Topic Sentences to Use 11
Examples of Basic, Elementary Strong-verb Paragraphs 12
More Complex Examples of Strong-verb Paragraphs 13
4. Clustering for the Paragraphs 14
5. Writing the Paragraphs 14
6. Similes, Vocabulary, Sentence Structure 14
7. Grading the Strong-verb Paragraphs 15
FYI--How Your Teacher Scores the SVP 18
8. An Eye-opening Activity and a Conclusion to the Strong Verbs 15
Step 2 Teach Students How to Score the State Writing Assessment Test 19
1. Teaching Yourself How to Score the Essays Holistically 19
2. Obtaining Your Examples and Teaching the Basic Criteria of Scoring 19
3. The Grading Rubric and Lesson Plans to Teach it to Your Students 21
The Basic Criteria for Scoring the State Writing Assessment Test 22
Lesson Plans for Practicing Scoring 23
Six-Point Modified Holistic Rubric 25
4. Helpful Things to Point Out as Your Students Practice Scoring 26
Step 3 Teach Students How to Plan and Write a Standard Five-paragraph Essay (and Narrative Story) and Have Students Plan, Write, Evaluate, and Score at Least Fifteen before the Day of the Test 27
1. Introduction 27
2. Teaching Students the Definition of What They Will Write 27
Basic Expository/Clarification, Descriptive, or Persuasive/Point of View Essay 33
The Five Paragraphs of a Basic Essay 34
Basic Short Narrative 35
The Beginning, Middle, and End of a Narrative 36
Useful Devices 37
3. Clustering for Ideas and Organization 38
Essay Plan Form 42
4. Restating the Topic (Finding the Key Words) 43
5. Beginning with the Beginning (Opening Paragraphs) 44
6. Learning to Produce Nitty-gritty Detail in the Middle 45
Evaluating Writing 47
7. Ending with a Bang 48
8. Procedure for Practicing the Actual Writing 48
9. Grading the Essays/Narratives 49
10. 210 Practice Prompts 51
40 Descriptive Prompts for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools 52
65 Expository/Clarification Prompts for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools 56
45 Narrative Prompts for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools 63
60 Persuasive Prompts for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools 67
Step 4 Teach Students to Be Able to Write from a Point of View Other Than Their Own (Expository/Clarification and Persuasive/Point of View) and Encourage Enthusiasm and Passion (Narrative, Descriptive, Expository/Clarification, and Persuasive) 75
1. Teach Your Students the Following by Any Means Possible 75
2. Persuasive and Expository/Clarification Topics 76
3. Encourage Passion in Narrative, Descriptive, Expository/Clarification, and Persuasive Topics 77
4. Fun Ways to Learn and Retain Great Vocabulary 77
5. Writer's "Pizzazz" 81
Writers' "PIZZAZZ" Used to Dazzle the Reader 79
Fifty-three Examples for Scoring Practice 83
1. Descriptive Examples 87
Scores and Analyses for Sample Set #1 99
2. Expository/Clarification Examples 101
Scores and Analyses for Sample Set #2 109
3. More Expository/Clarification Examples 111
Scores and Analyses for Sample Set #3 119
4. Narrative Examples 121
Scores and Analyses for Sample Set #1 136
5. Persuasive/Point of View Examples 139
Scores and Analyses for Sample Set #4 154
Bibliography 157
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