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Copy of EOC / STAAR: English I

Texas English I EOC preparation guide by Andrew Hollinger
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Melissa Arnold

on 12 June 2013

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Transcript of Copy of EOC / STAAR: English I

Grab the reader's attention in the INTRODUCTION.
2.
It's okay to keep it SIMPLE.
4.
End with
bzzt
Zoom
Kablam
POWER ON
The conclusion is the most remembered (the STRONGEST) part of your essay. You MUST end with something powerful.
3.
Beware common writing pitfalls.
1.
THE
So what else should I study?
END of COURSE
a guide to understanding and mastering the test
Let's
take
a
look . . .
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1.
2.
What's on the EOC?
Category 1
Category 2
Category 3
Category 4
Category 5
Category 6
reading
writing
8 multiple choice
2 short answer
16 multiple choice
understand and analyze texts across genres
understand and analyze literary texts
understand and analyze informational texts
14 multiple choice
write a literary text
write an expository text
TWO essays
revise a variety of texts
edit a variety of texts
15 multiple choice
15 multiple choice
AND
it's
TIMED:
4
hours
only
WAIT !
WAIT !
Grab
a
n
o
t
e
b
o
o
k
as we get started
And we're off!
Pay
attention
this is designed to help.
essayS
You'll write TWO essays as part of the EOC.
+ a literary text (this is a STORY, and could be a personal narrative if you want it to be)
+ an expository text (this one EXPLAINS or gives a PROCESS)
How do you write good essays?
Glad you asked!
Here are some tips to solid writing:
The INTRODUCTION is the 2nd most remembered (the 2nd strongest) part of your essay.
It's important to begin with something
awesome
ideas
to begin with
awesome
+ use IMAGERY
+ use dialogue
+ use CONCRETE details
+ be specific
even the SMALLEST detail can be
exciting
take notes
Don't force dialogue. If it doesn't fit, don't use it.
You ONLY get one page for the whole essay.

Make your point as concisely as possible.

EVERY word should do WORK.
DON'T
needlessly
embellish your work.
Don't get too WORDY.
Make sure to RESPOND to the prompt.
The first letter of each sentence and the personal pronoun "I" are always capitalized.
Are you being as clear as possible?
REVIEW your work before submitting.
(NOBODY's work is perfect the first time. I checked this Prezi more than 10 times before I turned it in. And I'm not getting a grade.)
NO essay should be one long paragraph. Organize your work.
Be confident and write as if you are the expert. The reader understands that this is "your opinion" and "what you think." Don't point it out. JUST WRITE THE STATEMENT.
AWESOME.
powerful
ways to conclude:
+ what did you learn?
+ what was the moral?
+ revisit key details
+ sometimes,
the most powerful finish
is a change...
in perspective
The EOC doesn't play around. Eventually, the EOC will count on your GPA. But it already counts for graduation.

NO EOC = NO diploma
your short answer responses
A good short answer response needs THREE things:
+ an ANSWER: you need to answer the question FIRST
+ EVIDENCE: you need to SHOW your answer can be proved in the text
+ COMMENTARY: so what? why does this matter?
(a response without these three components will likely not receive full credit)
literary terms
THINGS TO STUDY!
THEME
how/when to use punctuation
tone
author's purpose
subject-verb agreement
fragments and run-ons
audience
figurative language
reading strategies
test-taking strategies
personal narrative
short story
expository essay
good luck!
each day
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