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NAPLAN Prep. (Writing)

NAPLAN Writing Prep. [Updated 2015] Aimed at Year 7 & 9 Students @ UCHSK. For use in conjuntion with previous writing prompts and peer-reflection scaffolds.
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Writing Test: 2015
The Writing test will require you to write
either
a persuasive
or
a narrative text.
You will
not
be told what the genre of the Writing test will be prior to sitting for it.
You will
not
have a choice - it will be either one or the other.
Preparation
To help you prepare for the new Writing test conditions, we will be looking at and discussing:
Previous NAPLAN Writing prompts (for both narrative and persuasive texts)
Signal words and context clues in the prompts
The basics of both text types (narrative and persuasive)
Exemplars from previous years
Descriptions of the Writing criteriag
So, what does this all mean?
This year, when you sit down to take your NAPLAN Writing test there are a few key things you can look for in your prompt to work out whether you'll need to write a persuasive or a narrative text.
Persuasive Texts
When responding to a
PERSUASIVE PROMPT
, you must write to
convince
your audience of your opinion and structure your writing with an
introduction
,
body
and
conclusion
.
NAPLAN 2015 (Writing)
Persuasive Prompts
The following are some persuasive Writing prompts from previous NAPLAN tests. Look closely at each one and discuss:
What are the similarities?
What signal words or phrases alert you to the text type?
What context clues (images, layout, structure, etc.) do you notice?
Narrative Prompts
Now, we'll examine some narrative Writing prompts from previous NAPLAN tests. Once again, look closely at each one and discuss:
What are the similarities?
What signal words or phrases alert you to the text type?
What context clues (images, layout, structure, etc.) do you notice?
Signal Words
Persuasive Texts
Agree or disagree?
Opinions
Reasons
Convince
Topic
Introduction
Conclusion
Narrative Texts
Narrative
Story
Characters
Complication
Where (setting)
Problem
End
Publish
Persuasive Texts: Basic Elements
Persuasive Texts
You must
develop
and
justify
your ideas by drawing on personal knowledge and experience... or on more detailed general knowledge about a particular subject or issue.
Persuasive Texts
You can present
one side
of the argument also including opposing arguments in order to rebut. Alternatively, you may seek to persuade by exploring
both sides
of the topic, before arriving at a clear and conclusive position. Either way, you must always
develop
and
justify
your ideas.
Persuasive Texts
You can present your argument in the form of an essay... or you can present it as a letter to the editor... or as the text of a speech. You may also use anecdotes or references to narratives such as films or novels to help convince your audience.
Persuasive Texts
However, you
cannot
present your entire response as a narrative (a story), or as a dramatised dialogue in which two characters argue.
Persuasive texts are
a form of
non-fiction
. Everything about your writing needs to adhere to this premise.
Narrative Texts
When responding to a
NARRATIVE PROMPT
, you will need to write a narrative or story that develops events, settings and characters to entertain, move, inform or enlighten your audience.
Narrative Texts: Basic Elements
Narrative Texts
The main structural components of a narrative are the
orientation
, the
complication
and the
resolution
.
References
http://www.nap.edu.au/information/faqs/naplan--writing-test.html
http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/about-each-domain/writing/writing.html
http://www.nap.edu.au/verve/_resources/Amended_2013_Persuasive_Writing_Marking_Guide_-With_cover.pdf#search=marking guide
verve_resources/2010_Marking_Guide.pdf#search=marking guide
http://www.acara.edu.au/reporting/national_report_on_schooling_2011/student_achievement/naplan_2_1.html
http://news.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/index.cfm/2013/7/18/Official-Notice-NAPLAN-2014-writing-task
http://www.tesaustralia.com/teaching-resource/NAPLAN-Persuasive-Writing-Marking-Rubric-7001656/
http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/prep10/naplan/schools/persuasivewriting.aspx
http://www.decd.sa.gov.au/accountability/pages/Assessments/47673/?reFlag=1
https://www.qsa.qld.edu.au/naplan-writing1.html
https://www.qsa.qld.edu.au/naplan-writing-advice.html
Things to Remember
Try to ensure that your complication is clear, and a big enough dilemma to truly 'stump' your main character.

Also, try to limit the number of characters and settings used in your narrative.
Things to Remember
Try to limit the amount of dialogue you use - a good quality narrative relies on more than two characters talking to one another.
Things to Remember
When planning and writing your narrative try to avoid spending too much time on your orientation - although it's important, remember that you only have a limited amount of time to write your entire story.
Take a break!

What are the markers looking for?
To help you understand the quality of writing the NAPLAN markers will be looking for, we will look at a few exemplars from previous NAPLAN Writing tests. Some of these are in response to the Prompts we've already seen.
Exemplars: (examples of good quality written responses).
The Writing Criteria
What will you be marked on?
To help you understand what aspects of your writing will be assessed, we'll take a quick look at the NAPLAN Writing Criteria - this outlines exactly what it is that is being marked in the Writing test.
The following sources were consulted in the creation of this presentation:
What does it mean?
Basically, no matter what type of text you write, you'll be marked on nine common criteria and one that will change - depending on whether you are required to write a persuasive or narrative text.
Common Criteria
Audience
Text Structure
Ideas
Vocabulary
Cohesion
Paragraphing
Sentence Structure
Punctuation
Spelling
Text-type Specific Criteria
Persuasive Techniques
Character & Setting
Created by Ms A Siemionow
for Year 7 & Year 9 English
@ UCHSK - Updated 2015
Persuasive Exemplars
"Things should be regulated."
"Zoos can have useful purposes."
Narrative Exemplars
"Axe"
"The Deep Blue Nothing"
What next?
Now that you know the format of the 2015 Writing test, and how you'll be marked it's time for some practice. During the next week or so (in the lead up to NAPLAN) you will be completing some practical tasks and exercises to help better prepare for the testing period in Week 3.
Just remember to try your best, and good luck!
12-14 May, 2015
Week 3, Term 2
A little something to help wake you up!
Pay attention. You don't want to end up like this guy...
Persuasive Texts
Don't forget to integrate some persuasive techniques (or devices) into your writing too. One of the key criteria in the Persuasive Writing test assesses your use of such devices.

Q:
What are some persuasive devices you already know about?
One last break to get us to the end...
Remember to R.E.L.A.X.
Q:
What are some graphic organisers or planning tools you could use to help you in the first five minutes of a Persuasive Writing test?

Q:
What other skills or knowledge from your time at UCHSK might help you prepare for this type of test?
Q:
What are some graphic organisers or planning tools you could use to help you in the first five minutes of a Narrative Writing test?

Q:
What other skills or knowledge from your time at UCHSK might help you prepare for this type of test?
Q:
What are the most important things you think you need to remember about the NAPLAN Writing Test?

Q:
What should you do the night before sitting for NAPLAN? What about on the morning(s) you take the tests?

Q:
Is there anything else (about NAPLAN) that you would like clarified ?
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