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Power Writing

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on 22 August 2012

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Transcript of Power Writing

Power Writing What IS Power Writing? a “formula” for writing to give you POWER to organize your writing
aligns perfectly with the Writing Process (i.e. the umbrella is prewriting)
aligns perfectly with Holistic Scoring techniques (the WHOLE text = okay)
Comprehensible for 3rd graders through college-prep!

Features of Power Writing With the Power Writing Process, a numerical value is assigned to words, phrases,
sentences and paragraphs. Power One=
Focus
Power Two=
Support
Power Three =
Elaboration Power Zero = Style (aka Voice) We all (usually) know some things about writing. . . Power Writing just gives us the VOCABULARY to talk about writing! Duh! What is GOOD writing?. . .FODS-C
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FOCUS
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ORGANIZATION
D=
DEVELOPMENT
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STYLE
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CORRECTNESS (Holistic scoring criteria) FOCUSED writing: P1
Addresses the assigned topic/question/prompt
Has a limited, focused topic
Has a topic sentence/thesis statement ORGANIZED writing: P2 & P3 Has a logical plan
Has a beginning, middle, and end
Uses transitional words/phrases DEVELOPED writing: P2 & P3 Has at least two body paragraphs if it’s an essay
Has body paragraphs that start with topic sentences
Employs specific or concrete details/examples STYLISTIC writing: PØ Has sentences that flow
Varies sentence structures for effect
Demonstrates appropriate word choice– matching writer’s intended purpose & audience
Has a tone that reflects writer’s attitude toward his/her subject STYLISTIC writing: PØ 0 Has sentences that flow
Varies sentence structures for effect
Demonstrates appropriate word choice– matching writer’s intended purpose & audience
Has a tone that reflects writer’s attitude toward his/her subject CORRECT writing: Shows mastery over the areas of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and manuscript preparation
Is free of serious errors in sentence structure (fragments, comma splices, run-ons, fused sents.) and agreement (subj.-vb. & pron.-antecedent) The “Signature” of Power Writing Power 1 P
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2 Power 3 Power 3 - a.k.a. Elaboration - a.k.a. “Feed d’ Cats” Facts
Examples
Explanations
Descriptions
Definitions
Comparisons
Anecdotes
Testimonials
Statistics Nine Ideas for Developing Support FACTS: can be “proven”/NOT opinion
EXAMPLES: i.e. a P2=apples  a P3 example=Macintosh or Granny Smith
EXPLANATIONS: i.e. a P2=speaker’s tone is sorrowful 
a P3 explanation=“the speaker says she misses her dead father, feels like she has no friends, and thinks she is ugly”
DESCRIPTIONS: sensory details; fig. lang.; specific details
DEFINITIONS: “yours” or dictionary’s
COMPARISONS: similes & metaphors (figurative) – alike items (literal)
ANECDOTES: tiny “stories” (to give support)
TESTIMONIALS: someone else’s claim (for support)
STATISTICS: fractions, %s, averages, etc. P3 types Power 1 P
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2 Let’s try it:
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