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Writing for TAKS and STAAR

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Writing for TAKS and STAAR

  1. 2. Four Corners I know nothing! I know just enough to be scared! I know something! I know it all!
  2. 4. Color It Up
  3. 5. Color It Up
  4. 6. Color It Up
  5. 7. Color It Up
  6. 8. Color It Up
  7. 9. Reviving the Essay <ul><li>Gretchen Bernabei </li></ul><ul><li>“ An essay is more focused and coherent if its unifying theme is one step away from the prompt”-Victoria Young, TEA </li></ul>
  8. 10. TAKS / STAAR Topics <ul><li>Surprise </li></ul><ul><li>Tough Time </li></ul><ul><li>Photo </li></ul><ul><li>Reptile Moment </li></ul><ul><li>------------------------- </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping List </li></ul><ul><li>Conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Pet Peeve </li></ul>
  9. 11. TAKS / STAAR Topics <ul><li>Eleven-Minute </li></ul><ul><li>Essay </li></ul>
  10. 12. Pet Peeve <ul><li>When a person starts a sentence with, “I hate it when…”, that person will finish the statement with his/her “pet peeve.” </li></ul><ul><li>A pet peeve is a minor annoyance specific to a person that may seem silly to others. But a small annoyance often can make a big difference in a person’s life. </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm and write for one minute to answer the question “what does this mean?” </li></ul>
  11. 13. Pet Peeve <ul><li>Brainstorm and write for three minutes answering the question “how do you know that’s true?” </li></ul><ul><li>Think of a book or a story that proves that. When you have a title in mind, write about the book/story supports the idea in the first paragraph. </li></ul>
  12. 14. Pet Peeve <ul><li>Brainstorm and write for three minutes about a movie that also proves the idea. Use the name of the movie as you write about it. </li></ul>
  13. 15. Pet Peeve <ul><li>Brainstorm and write for three minutes about how the idea has been proven true in your life experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>Since you’ve already given two of your pet peeves, choose one of those to prove this point. </li></ul>
  14. 16. Pet Peeve <ul><li>Brainstorm and write for one minute about one question that remains after all that you’re written. Start with “I wonder” or “I think” or “Maybe, though” to get going. </li></ul>
  15. 17. Peer Edit
  16. 18. Revision
  17. 19. <ul><li>4—Personal Narrative & Expository </li></ul><ul><li>7—Personal Narrative with Extension & Expository </li></ul><ul><li>9—Literary & Expository </li></ul><ul><li>10—Expository & Persuasive </li></ul><ul><li>11—Persuasive & Analytical </li></ul>
  18. 20. Finding Your Message <ul><li>First Step: </li></ul><ul><li>“ The writer must chew on the prompt, to read and reread it, to digest it, to find the hard-won truth in it, or the paradox in it, or the human struggle within it.” </li></ul>
  19. 21. <ul><li>What do we already know how to do? </li></ul>
  20. 22. Truisms
  21. 23. People create their own punishments.
  22. 25. Life's journey leads to surprising destinations.
  23. 28. Life is really fragile.
  24. 30. The Insight Garden An insight about life One illustration from literature One illustration from a movie An illustration from my life I wonder
  25. 31. A Memory Text Structure Where you were Moment It started Next Moment Final Moment What you thought
  26. 32. A Completely Made-up Story Moment involving character(s) Moment when a problem arises How the characters try (unsuccessfully) to solve a problem How the characters solve it (or deal with it)
  27. 33. The Story of My Thinking but this happened so now I think What I used to think
  28. 34. Comparing Notes (Mine and Others) Some people think other people think I think What could change my thinking and but
  29. 35. Tribute to the Person who Taught Me Something What the lesson is Flashback to the lesson Description of the person Lyrics or words you can Remember that person saying (on any subject) What I wish I could find out now from that person
  30. 36. <ul><li>Start with one sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach your students different approaches to expand that sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>Glue these pages onto manila folders to open and stand up around the room. </li></ul><ul><li>Let the students pick and choose which approach will work best for them. </li></ul>
  31. 37. Snapshot Challenge <ul><li>Look at your sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine that you’re looking at a photograph (or snapshot) taken at that moment. </li></ul><ul><li>Use words to describe everything you can see in the snapshot. </li></ul>
  32. 38. Thoughtshot Challenge <ul><li>Look at your sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine that people could hear everything you were thinking at that moment. </li></ul><ul><li>Write down everything that went through your head, and everything you though right then. </li></ul>
  33. 39. Senses Challenge <ul><li>Look at your sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>Write details to show every one of the senses: </li></ul><ul><li>What did you see? </li></ul><ul><li>What did you hear? </li></ul><ul><li>What did you smell? </li></ul><ul><li>What did you feel? </li></ul><ul><li>What did you taste? </li></ul>
  34. 40. Dialogue Challenge <ul><li>Look at your sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine all of the conversation that went on at that moment. </li></ul><ul><li>Write down everything everyone said. </li></ul>
  35. 41. Ba-Da-Bing Challenge 1. Look at your sentence. 2. Write one ba-da-bing sentence for that moment, with these three parts :