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An experienced teacher and author, Carol Behrman helps students develop the sound foundation they need to become proficient writers throughout their lives. Included are a variety of easy-to-use reproducible activity sheets to provide review and application of basic language skills as well as extensive practice in producing the types of writing called for in standardized tests. The steps of the writing process are emphasized throughout. Each set of activities is accompanied by detailed lesson plans and suggestions to the teacher for presenting and implementing the skills and concepts being addressed. Each section is followed by a practice test focusing on the concepts and skills covered in the section, plus answer keys and scoring guides with writing samples. These practical tests will help students prepare for the types of questions they will be asked on actual tests.
About the Author
Carol H. Behrman taught writing to students in the Glen Ridge New Jersey school system for fifteen years. She has written thirty books—fiction and nonfiction—for children and young adults and conducts numerous writing process workshops for students, teachers, and aspiring writers. Ms Behrman has served as writer-in-residence at Chautauqua Institution and has been an adjunct lecturer at Seton Hall University and at New York University’s Writing Center. Writing Proficiency Lessons and Activities grades four and eight by Behrman are also available from Jossey-Bass.
Table of Contents
About This Writing TestPrep Teaching Resource iv
Section 1: Choosing the Right Word 1
Teacher Perparation and Lessons 1
Answer Key 4
Review Test: Choosing the Right Word 32
Section 2: Making Mechanics and Usage Work for You 35
Teacher Perparation and Lessons 35
Answer Key 39
Review Test: Mechanics and Usage 73
Section 3: Writing Sentences 77
Teacher Perparation and Lessons 77
Answer Key 81
Review Test: Writing Sentences 105
Section 4: Writing Paragraphs 109
Teacher Perparation and Lessons 109
Answer Key 113
Practice Test: Writing Paragraphs 145
Section 5: Essay-Writing Techniques 151
Standardized Testing Information 151
Teacher Preparation and Lessons 151
Practice Test: Essay-Writing Techniques 183
Section 6: Writing Informative/Expository Essays 189
Standardized Testing Information 189
Teacher Preparation and Lessons 190
Practice Test: Writing Informative Essays 213
Section 7: Writing Persuasive Essays 219
Standardized Testing Information 219
Teacher Preparation and Lessons 220
Practice Test: Writing Persuasive Essays 243
Section 9: Writing Letters 273
Standardized Testing Information 279
Teacher Preparation and Lessons 280
Sample Letter Forms 282
Practice Test: Writing Letters 301
Proofreading Symbols 307
Appendix: Preparing Your Students for Standardized Proficiency Tests 309
What People are Saying About This
"Gives English teachers and language arts specialists the tools they need to prepare their students for standardized writing tests. The author's background as a professional writer as well as a writing teacher is apparent in her insight into the writing process and the steps students need to go through in order to develop into effective writers."
—Dr. David Maltman, Department of Education, Ramapo College of New Jersey
"A superior and inspiring resource for teaching writing. Provides a thorough step-by-step guide to the writing process and helps students develop the foundation they need to become proficient writers throughout their lives. Another creative, unique, and motivating book by author Carol Behrman. It covers the art as well as the craft and makes writing a satisfying adventure for students."
—Joan Hiatt Harlow, author, lecturer, and instructor for The Institute of Children's Literature