Writing Basics
Strategies
Components of an intro
and conclusion paragraphs
Components of a paragraph
Rubric
100


What is an essay?

Another way of saying writing response

100


What are the sentence starters called AWBS words?

They are used to demonstrate sentence variety, specifically complex sentences.

100

When writing an essay in FSA-style, is it acceptable to use a thesis sentence or a topic sentence as your first sentence of your first paragraph?

No


100

What is the helpful acronym to remember what to include in an intro paragraph?

  

Hook
Transition to the
Summary of the topic (or claims)
Thesis sentence

100

How many domains or categories are in the FSA Writing Rubric?


3

200


How many paragraphs are you expected to write for a complete essay or response?


4- 5 paragraphs

200


Where does the comma go in a complex sentence?

after the dependent clause and before the independent clause in a sentence

200

What do you call the first few sentences of your essay?


Hook

200

Where does the thesis sentence belong?


The last sentence of the intro paragraph

200


What is the highest score that you earn on Bruner Writes and FSA Writes?

10 points

300

What will you read and or analyze to answer in a written response? (4 possible answers)


Source, text, resource, article

300

What kind of conjunctions are fanboys?


Coordinating conjunctions

300


What is at least one other name for a hook?

Grabber, attention- grabber, lead

300


What are 2 parts of the intro paragraph that can't be a question?

Hook and thesis sentences

300

Who grades the FSA Writes essays?



Employees are trained by state trainers and grade student writings.  

400

How many minutes will you have to write?


120  minutes

400


As soon as the materials are passed out and as soon as it is time to begin, what is your first step before you read the prompt or look at the sources/ texts?

Review and add any notes or ideas to your boxes.

400


What are 3 absolute taboo (bad) ways to write the very beginning of your essay or writing?

A question of any type, a topic sentence, or thesis sentence

400

How many sentences should be written in any paragraph for an essay?


5-8 sentences

400


Who are the 3 groups of individuals who use the same FSA Writing Rubric?

students, state graders, and teachers

500

What is the name of the school-wide test that is similar to FSA Writes?


Bruner Writes

500

These are examples of ___________:

1) Good vocabulary; 2) textual specific examples; 3) quotes; 4) connections to the text (connection to another text, character, movie, story, idea, self)


 

Elaboration




500

Conclusion paragraph- In addition to restating the claims and thesis sentence (but not in the same words), what else should you include to earn elaboration points?

A release should be interesting and create an ending to the hook.

500

A. What is the reason you should avoid using these words:  got, get, getting, people, someone, you, overuse of they, things, stuff, and others?

B. What category or domain requires to not use these words?


A. These words are vague and imprecise.  The rubric states that a higher score is earned when using specific and precise words and ideas.  

B.  Evidence and Elaboration

500

A. Which category has the highest score of a 4 and requires an essay to be in logical order/ progression?


B.  What type of words should be used to create logical order in an essay?


A. Purpose, Focus, and Organization

B.  transitional words or phrases

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