Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Prewriting session
Preparing for theGraduation Writing Test THE IMPORTANCE OF PREWRITING Moderator: Jana Miller
Before the test Complete any writing assignments offered by your English teacher early so that you can obtain feedback and make adjustments in your writing Get a good night’s sleep. Eat a healthy breakfast. Bring a jacket or sweater to the testing site. Arrive early at the testing site. Bring several writing utensils (blue or black ink only). Relax!
Why should you ALWAYS List immediate impressions of the topic List all possible arguments for both sides Allows for thorough development Allows for objective analysis of the best argument Allows for full concentration in the drafting stage Helps in development of a counter-argument Helps with organization
Prewriting strategiesStep 1 Step 2 Freewrite Clusters or Maps Brainstorm Thought Pillar Tree T-Chart
T-ChartSide A Side B
Thought Pillar Thesis Statement Argument 1 Example Details Argument 2 Example Details Argument 3 Example Details Conclusion
Tree Argument • Example 1 • Details Thesis Argument • Example ConclusionStatement 2 • Details Argument • Example 3 • Details
When brainstorming arguments… REMEMBER RHETORIC ETHOS PATHOS LOGOS
EthosSHOWING MORAL CHARACTER OR ESTABLISHING CREDIBILITY As a student myself, I can attest to the fact that homework creates stress.
PathosAPPEAL TO PASSION ORAPPEAL TO EMOTION One of my best friends became so stressed by the excessive homework that she became clinically depressed.
Logos APPEAL TO LOGIC ORAPPEAL TO INTELLECT Because students have so much homework, they don’t have time for a part- time job and often ask their parents for money.
And remember to identify a COUNTER-ARGUMENTIDENTIFY THE OPPOSITION’S STRONGEST ARGUMENT AND…. DESTROY IT! Most teachers believe that homework reinforces concepts learned in class, but they couldn’t be more wrong.
Remember that prewriting is Neat Written in complete sentences Scored or judged Timed Meant to be time-consuming Carved in stone Meant only to occur before writing begins
Test will be administered October 3. Test sites will be Kmailed in September. More preparation session will follow.