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8th Grade Fsa Writing

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Nicole Zeeb

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8th Grade Language Arts
FSA Writing Reference Sheet Notes
Body Paragraphs
The acronym is BEET!
B stands for Baby thesis
E stands for Evidence
E stands for Elaboration
T stands for Transition
The acronym is H.I.T.!
H stands for
I stands for
T stands for

8th Grade Fsa Writing

start broadly
: begin with a broad category related to your topic
introduce a contrast:
start with the opposite of your view
tell a story:
grab attention with a related anecdote
use an analogy:
compare your prompt to another situation
Information is anything that your readers would need to know to understand your essay and the question.
Don't assume your reader has read your prompt!

Example: Authors Terry Kratwurst and David Shaw, a birder, are quite knowledgeable about crows and ravens
Thesis Statements
Thesis statements are like one sentence road maps
that show where your essay is going.
They state your
claim (position)
, and answer the question presented in the

There are two types of thesis statement:

1. Umbrella - states your position and an overarching statement that encompasses your reasons.

Example: Both authors have a positive view of the birds because of their
unique abilities.

2. Chickenfoot - states your position and lists your 2-3 reasons for your position.

Example: Both authors have a positive view of the birds because they are

Baby Thesis
A baby thesis is just one part of your thesis - in other words, just one of your two or three reasons. No matter what type of thesis you use, you should have
two or three
reasons to support your point.

Example thesis:
Kratwurst and Shaw write positively about birds because of their resourcefulness and intelligence.

Example baby thesis:
Both authors view crows and ravens positively because of the birds' intelligence.
Both types of thesis statements include your position and 2-3 reasons.
The difference is that the umbrella thesis statement starts with a generic statement under which your reasons fall, and your specific reasons are revealed later on in your essay.

This can be helpful because it can keep the reader interested.

Thesis statements can be the last sentence of the introduction, unless you would like to add a concluding sentence.
You want to have 2-3 pieces of evidence per paragraph.

It can be cited using parenthetical citations, for example,

Evidence must be CITED - we MUST be able to tell which source the evidence is from.

It can also be cited within the writing, for example, "According to
, they have found..."
Elaboration is where you answer the question: how does this evidence support my point (baby thesis)?
It is basically an explanation of why you included that evidence, as well as an elaboration on what that evidence shows or proves.

You can structure your elaboration one of two ways, depending on your evidence and personal preference. You can either:
a) State your three pieces of evidence together, and then elaborate on all three pieces of evidence.
b) You may state a piece of evidence, followed by elaboration for that piece of evidence, then another piece of evidence, followed by elaboration, and so on.

A transition is a smooth movement from one point (your baby thesis) to the next.
If you can, find a way to connect the two in one sentence.

Example: The resourcefulness shown by crows and ravens proves their intelligence.
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