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PARCC Narrative Writing TEST

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Lori Jordan

on 16 February 2015

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Transcript of PARCC Narrative Writing TEST

What the test is
It is a 50 minute timed testing session

Will give a story starter or a non-fiction narrative of only a few sentences to several paragraphs (can be a historic event from Social Studies or a Science related topic that you must explain, or a piece of literature for you to complete.

You need to complete the narrative in an INTERESTING and EASY to FOLLOW manner!
How to Approach the Narrative
You MUST use details from the starter PARCC provides to create a seamless conclusion

The PARCC test sees Reading and Writing as connected, not separate tasks.
They expect you to do "close reading" which means to study the content as well as the use of word choices and literary devices AS YOU READ.
They recommend you make a graphic organizer while you read to organize your thoughts for the essay.
You should organize your thoughts right away to not waste time later. You only have 50 minutes!
Lock into the characteristics and motivations of the character presented:

What is he/she like?
Confident or insecure? Curious or Indifferent?
Shy or outgoing? Lazy or ambitious?
Narrative Essay Graphic Organizer
If the author uses figurative language (similes, metaphors, hyperbole, etc.), you must also. They must add
must be appropriate for the story/time period.
If the author uses dialogue, you must also. Don't say "
", use other words like
shouted, whispered, wondered, asked
If the author writes in first person (I, we, me, us), you must continue this. If the author writes in third person (he, she, they, them), you must continue this.
(Limited and omniscient must also be consistent)
Sample Narrative Task
(After reading a selection on
Alice in Wonderland
where Alice has followed the White Rabbit down the hole.)
Completion of the task
As Alice landed she looked around. she hadn't been able to sleep in days, but continued tp relentlessly think in rhymes that made almost no sense at all.
"Can a lime tell time?"
"Does a dream seem?"
Alice straightened her once-ironed dress, trying to smooth out its wrinkles. She searched the limited space around her for the White Rabbit. Her head felt heavy as she searched the room's walls, adorned by similar cabinetry that she remembered while falling through the rabbit hole.
PARCC Narrative Writing Test
How well you write depends on how well you read
You should use your content knowledge (Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Technology) to complete this task and use the language of that content area in your writing.
This includes language arts terms, science vocabulary, historic figures and places, technology terms that you know.
What does he/she want to see happen?
Get out of work? Accomplish a task?
Save the farm? Earn money?
Rising Action
Falling Action
Time/place/basic situation. This is usually provided by PARCC.
1-2 major plot events that increase tension/ be descriptive and imitate the style of the author. Must be believable.
Turning point in the story/changes direction for the hero (good or bad). Keep it believable in the context of the story.
1-2 small events to wrap up the loose ends
Resolve the conflict here. (Man vs. Man/Man vs. Self
Man vs Nature, etc.
Important Points to Remember
This is just as much about analyzing the author's style of writing and use of language as it is about finishing the story
In the above except, the author develops an interesting situation where the narrator, Alice, is experiencing a rather shocking series of circumstances! Think about the narrator's current situation regarding her fall, her feelings, along with the details surrounding Alice at that moment in the story.
Write an original story to continue where the passage ends. In your story, be sure to use what you have learned about the character of Alice as you tell what happens next.
Read actively:
Note the content AND writer's style.
Stay organized: Use a graphic organizer
Remember the character's traits and motivations
You can do it!
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