FSA Writing Review 2018

So…you are going to be taking your FSA Writing 9 test tomorrow….and you are looking for a way to review! Well, here is your one stop shop of writing review elements!

This post is going to be split into a few sections:

  • logistics & timing
  • prompt analysis
  • structure/purpose, focus, organization
  • evidence + elaboration
  • conventions of standard English
  • samples/practices

Let’s get started!


Logistics & Timing

For the FSA 9 reading you will meet me, Miss K, outside the Media Center starting at 8:20 on Monday March 5th, 2018. You will find me there with a treat and your seat. You will then go inside, find your seat. From there, Mr. O’leath will lead your through the directions and set up. Remember, this is a STATE test and you can be disqualified for not following the directions. This will then lead you into Intensive Reading next year.

You have 120 minutes to read your materials, plan your essay, and then write it out on the computer. Take your time. Use the planning paper to HELP you – don’t lose its value. You can take notes on it – you can map out your essay – you can ask yourself questions you can to go back to later – you can write out a check list of what you need to accomplish….just make sure you use it.

Make sure you come with a writing utensil, some water, a [quiet] snack, and NOTHING ELSE! Leave your smart phones, and watches, and socks, and headbands at home or in your locker. Last year a someone took out a calculator and it disqualified them from the ENTIRE exam! Do not bring anything extra into the room. There are lots of clocks – there is even one on your computer. If you finish early, then re-read your essay, outline it backwards, check for spelling and word choice, make sure you cited, or if all else fails, put your head down!

I will be there walking around…proctoring. Therefore, I will be there to answer question like “How do I highlight?” and “May I go to the bathroom?” You will not be alone in there 🙂


Prompt Analysis

Step 1: READ THE PROMPT.

This is a key step to the whole process, because without reading the prompt, you don’t know what your goal is…and then you can’t write the proper type of essay.

You will be either given an argumentative prompt or an informative prompt.

Watch out for key words to figure out which type you are looking for:

ARGUMENTATIVE: should, would, could, argument

INFORMATIVE: what, how, explain, inform

Another key way to use the prompt is to use prompt language as you are writing to increase your purpose, focus and organization from top to bottom.

NOW, once you have sorted what you need to write about, you will need to begin planning….


Purpose, Focus, Organization

Here are some excerpts from the FSA rubrics…my notes in pink

Argumentative

The response is fully sustained and consistently focused within the purpose, audience, and task (who are you writing to, for, and about?); and it has a clear claim and effective organizational structure (is there flow from one claim to the next?) creating coherence and completeness. The response includes most of the following:

 Strongly maintained claim with little or no loosely related material …aka your main claim

 Clearly addressed alternate or opposing claims* …aka your counter claim

 Skillful use of a variety of transitional strategies to clarify the relationships between and among ideas (then, next, also, which leads, etc)

 Logical progression of ideas from beginning to end with a satisfying introduction and conclusion (hook them at the beginning and keep them thinking at the end — ask questions, think beyond the text, etc)

Informative

The response is fully sustained and consistently focused within the purpose, audience, and task; and it has a clear controlling idea and effective organizational structure creating coherence and completeness. The response includes most of the following:

 Strongly maintained controlling idea with little or no loosely related material

 Skillful use of a variety of transitional strategies to clarify the relationships between and among ideas

Logical progression of ideas from beginning to end with a satisfying introduction and conclusion

^ almost exactly the SAME as argumentative, but it does not ask you to provide a counter claim to the essay! 

Evidence + Elaboration

Argumentative

The response provides thorough, convincing, and credible support, citing evidence for the writer’s claim that includes the effective use of sources, facts, and details. The response includes most of the following:

 Smoothly integrated,thorough, and relevant evidence, including precise references to sources …think MLA style in text citations friends! It will work the same and help them know where your information came from…

 Effective use of a variety of elaborative techniques to support the claim, demonstrating an understanding of the topic and text …tell them why you used this evidence and how is SUPPORTS your ideas…

Clear and effective expression of ideas, using precise language prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….

 Academic and domain-specific vocabulary clearly appropriate for the audience and purpose ,,,prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….prompt language….

 Varied sentence structure, demonstrating language facility

Informative

The response provides thorough and convincing support, citing evidence for the controlling idea or main idea that includes the effective use of sources, facts, and details. The response includes most of the following:

 Smoothly integrated,thorough, and relevant evidence, including precise references to sources

 Effective use of a variety of elaborative techniques (including but not limited to definitions, quotations, and examples), demonstrating an understanding of the topic and text

 Clear and effective expression of ideas, using precise language

 Academic and domain-specific vocabulary clearly appropriate for the audience and purpose

 Varied sentence structure, demonstrating language facility

Hey-o – It’s the same as above! 

Conventions of Standard English

The response demonstrates an adequate command of basic conventions. The response may include the following:

 Some minor errors in usage but no patterns of errors

 Adequate use of punctuation, capitalization,sentence formation, and spelling

*This is the easy one – use your grammar skills that we have reviewed with NoRedInk! Read for spelling and punctuation. Remember to use QUESTIONS MARKS and CAPITALIZE proper nouns & the first word of sentences & the word “I”!!!!!!!!!! Please don’t make Miss K go insane by forgetting these reminders. *


Here are the samples that we looked at in class on Friday from Achieve the Core:

Argumentative:

Text Set

Student Sample (plus annotations from graders)

Informative:

Text Set

Student Sample (plus annotations)


Here are a few additional samples for you to review! They have been annotated. Give them a read and see how they look against the rubrics, which you can find here.

Argumentative Sample 1

Argumentative Sample 2

Informative Sample 1


 

You are going to rock tomorrow! Remember to come and find me outside of the media center to get your treat and seat! You are going to write the morning away and blow the readers away!

Best,

Miss K