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Copy of ACT Aspire

Peak Your Students' Interest in Writing
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Mary Beth Smith

on 16 January 2015

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ACT Aspire
Peak Your Students' Performance in Writing
Getting Started
Ready to Write!
Classroom instruction:
Use mentor texts to model your mode of writing
Model writing with sample prompts
Talk!
Thank you!
Differences
Later test date, April 28
Students will have 30 minutes to complete the entire test.
The prompt will NOT be read to them.
There will be space for
quick
brainstorming.
The prompts require critical, advanced, insightful thinking.
Fifth Grade
Persuasive/Argumentative: Appeal to logic, have shared sentiment, and personal knowledge and experience
2 parts: Reasons for your choice and why it is better than the other choice
Sample prompt
Graphic Organizer Suggestion
Rubric: 4 is adequate, but 5 is the goal
Practice Prompts
Third Grade
Reflective Narrative: Not just recounting an experience, but to think critically about its meaning.
Series of questions: Use to generate
ideas
for brainstorming, not just to answer the questions only and string them together.
2 parts: Focused and general (Think of the general as a conclusion.)
Sample prompt
Graphic Organizer Suggestion
Rubric: 4 is adequate, but 5 is the goal
Practice Prompts
Fourth Grade
Analytical Expository: Not just explain a topic, but arrive at insight and deeper understanding
Series of questions: Use to generate
ideas
for brainstorming, not just to answer the questions only and string them together.
2 parts: Focused and general (Think of the general as the conclusion.)
Sample prompt
Graphic Organizer Suggestion
Rubric pages: 4 is adequate, but 5 is the goal
Practice Prompts
Similarities
The genre of writing for each grade level will stem from Common Core standards.
The rubrics are similar, with few differences.
It is still quality over quantity.
Sixth Grade
Reflective Narrative: Not just recounting an experience, but to think critically about its meaning.
2 parts: Focused and general (Think of the general as a conclusion.)
Sample prompt
Graphic Organizer Suggestion
Rubric: 4 is adequate, but 6 is the goal
Practice Prompts
Seventh Grade
Analytical Expository: Not just explain a topic, but arrive at insight and deeper understanding
2 parts: Focused and general (Think of the general as a conclusion.) Complications is not in the prompt, but is located on the rubric.
Sample prompt
Graphic Organizer Suggestion
Rubric: 4 is adequate, but 6 is the goal
Practice Prompts
Eighth Grade
Persuasive/Argumentative: Appeal to logic, have shared sentiment, and personal knowledge and experience
2 parts: Reasons for your choice is in the prompt, but why it is better than the other choice is not. However, it is in the rubric.
Sample prompt
Graphic Organizer Suggestion
Rubric: 4 is adequate, but 6 is goal
Practice Prompts
video games
fun
helpful
friendly
sports
trust
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