Guide to tackling any difficult writing assignment



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ABCD’s of Writing

  • Mrs. Weed’s guide to tackling ANY difficult writing assignment

A= Attack the Prompt

  • Prompt= Writing Assignment
  • 1. Cross out any unnecessary, background information (roughly the entire 1st paragraph/section)
  • 2. Circle all verbs in second section
  • 3. Draw a line connecting the verb to what the verb is referring.
  • 4. Create a “Do/This” Chart

Attack the prompt cont’d

  • Example Prompt (CAHSEE Released Question):
    • By the time students enter High School, they have learned about many moments in history that have influenced our world today. Think about a moment in history you studied and consider its importance.
    • Write a composition in which you discuss a moment in history. Share its importance in today’s world. Be sure to support the moment with details and examples.

Step 1- Eliminate extra info

    • By the time students enter High School, they have learned about many moments in history that have influenced our world today. Think about a moment in history you studied and consider its importance.
    • Write a composition in which you discuss a moment in history. Share its importance in today’s world. Be sure to support the moment with details and examples.

Step 2: Circle Verbs

    • Write a composition in which you
    • discuss a moment in history. Share its
    • importance in today’s world. Be sure to
    • support the moment with details and
    • examples.

Step 3: Connect verbs to Direct objects

    • Write a composition in which you
    • discuss a moment in history.
    • Share its importance in today’s world.
    • Be sure to support the moment with
    • details and examples.

Step 4: Make a “Do/This” Chart- Write down each verb in the order that it appears within the prompt

Brainstorm Possible Answers

  • You can now see that the prompt is asking you to do three things.
  • Begin brainstorming in the same order you numbered the prompt when attacking it.
  • 1.Discuss a moment in history
  • 2. Share its importance
  • 3. Support details/examples
  • NOW...start by brainstorming moments in history for one minute

Brainstorm Possible Answers

  • B
  • 9/11
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Iraq War
  • Holocaust
  • WWII

Brainstorm Your Answer

  • After brainstorming for a minute, choose your topic and begin brainstorming the second layer of the prompt (why this event is still important today).

Brainstorm Your Answer

Brainstorm

  • You are now ready to begin brainstorming your third layer: adding supporting details to illustrate why this event is still important today.

Expand Your Brainstorm

C: Consider Important Factors

  • 1.Audience: Who will read this? What type of tone, diction, and format would be most appropriate for this type of reader?
  • 2. Type of writing: Am I being asked to write an essay, a narrative, a persuasive paper, or something else? How can I best represent this genre?
  • 3. Order of response: What will be the most logical way to organize my ideas?

D: Draft your composition

  • Remember! Writing is a work in progress. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; it’s normal.
  • WRITE LEGIBLY
  • Write Darkly
  • Make 5 distinct paragraphs- the last of which begins with: “In conclusion”

Time to Write!

  • !

Done writing? Time to Revise!

  • Look for:
    • Grammatical Mistakes
    • Spelling Errors
    • Punctuation Errors
    • Smooth transitions
    • Logical organization
    • Solid point of view
    • Messy handwriting etc.



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