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Transcript of Accuplacer Writing
Thesis statement in introduction
Use of transitional phrases
Correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Minimum of 300 words Elements of Passing Essays TCC NW Academic Foundations Department Accuplacer Writing Workshop ? Questions Do not use “Tab” or “Esc” keys
Do not indent or double space
Do not begin sentences with “and”, “but”, “because”, or “or”
Do not use “and”, “but”, “because”, or “or” twice in a sentence
Do not click in the text box until you are ready to begin typing
Scores for essays selected for hand grading will not be available for 24 hours Other Advice Restatement of thesis
Closing thoughts Elements of Conclusion Topic sentence
Specific evidence for/example of the thesis’ truth
Statement relating topic to thesis Elements of Body Paragraph Thesis statement
“Preview” of supporting evidence (recommended) Elements of Introductory Paragraph Read the assignment as a “yes” or “no” question
Pick a side
Think of examples from…
Make an Outline
Do not click in the text box until you are ready to begin typing Pre-writing Purpose & Focus
The extent to which the writer presents information in a unified and coherent manner, clearly addressing the issue
Organization & Structure
The extent to which the writer orders and connects ideas
Development & Support
The extent to which the writer develops and supports ideas
Sentence Variety & Style
The extent to which the writer crafts sentences and paragraphs demonstrating control of vocabulary, voice, and structure
The extent to which the writer expresses ideas using standard English
The extent to which the writer communicates a point of view and demonstrates reasoned relationships among ideas. The Six Dimensions Essay scores of 6-8 are passing
A lower score requires you to also take Sentence Skills
Essay score of 5 and Sentence Skills score of 80 is passing
Essay is untimed Introduction The College Board. “WritePlacer® Guide with Sample Essays.” CollegeBoard.com. The College Board, 2008. Web. <http://qed.ncat.edu/accuplacer/APsamples.pdf> Resources Got a minute?
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An actor, when his cue came, was unable to move onto the stage. He said, “I can’t get in, the chair is in the way.” And the producer said, “Use the difficulty. If it’s a drama, pick the chair up and smash it. If it’s comedy, fall over it.” From this experience the actor concluded that in any situation in life that is negative, there is something positive you can do with it.
Adapted from Lawrence Eisenberg, “Caine Scrutiny.”
Can any obstacle or disadvantage be turned into something good? Sample Prompt The subject must always match the verb in both person and number.
She run out the door every morning. Subject Verb Agreement A comma splice occurs when two or more complete sentences are joined with only a comma.
Can be fixed in the same ways as a run-on
He wrote an essay, I found it very interesting. Comma Splice A run-on is two or more complete sentences strung together.
Can be fixed by breaking into separate sentences, adding punctuation and a conjunction, or using a relative pronoun
Anna ran out the door she was late. Run-on A fragment is an incomplete sentence.
May lack either a subject or a verb
May be a dependent clause
Can be fixed by adding words or punctuation Fragment (The College Board, 2008) Through their varying experiences, Rosa Parks and my dean demonstrate that any obstacle or disadvantage can be turned into something good. Sample Conclusion (The College Board, 2008) The Dean of Student at my school, was an English teacher, a track coach, and the Dean of Students before the roof of his barn collapsed on him a few years ago. He had always been a strong man who genuinely cared for his students. Who respected and loved him. After his accident, he lost the use of his legs and feet and his life drastically changed. He had become unable to care for himself and lost great‐amounts of self esteem. He ultimately decided he had to get his life back so he learned how to live independently through physical training courses, he learned to drive a car, and he returned to school. His experience which could have destroyed him and the goals he had actually allowed for him to build strength he never knew he had. Through his actions he made a severe disadvantage into a very positive life change. Sample Body Paragraph (The College Board, 2008) I live in a house that every body in it came from acting. I remember my mom telling me this it you in find your self bad situation, don’t forget your smile with “you”. I think she ment that what ever is the difficulty think always positive. For an example, I grow up in place that full with bad poeple and one time some body try to convinse me to smoke. And smoking it very bad thing. So I started to tell joukes on people that canser and after 2 minutes I change the subject. Weak Intro Paragraph (The College Board, 2008) An obstacle or disadvantage may appear to be a setback, though either has the ability to be turned into something good. For instance, Rosa Parks participated in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s and was jailed for her involvement. Though her jail time was initially a setback and an obstacle she had to overcome, it eventually led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the gradual desegregation of the United States. Similarly, the Dean of Students at my school has to overcome the obstacle of paraplegia each day, yet he describes himself as a stronger and more sensitive individual as a result. Rosa Parks and my Dean are clear examples of obstacles being turned into something good. Strong Intro Paragraph Passage Assignment Personal experience
Current events Examples:
The tree outside the window.
Ran out the door.
Although she was early. no verb
dependent clause Anna ran out the door because she was late.
Anna ran out the door. She was late. He wrote an essay which I found very interesting.
He wrote an essay. I found it very interesting.
He wrote an essay, and I found it very interesting. She runs out the door every morning.