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Georgia High School Writing Test

The details of the GHSWT explained, including relevant dates and location information.
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Ashley Rickard

on 18 September 2013

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Transcript of Georgia High School Writing Test

Georgia High School
Graduation Writing Test
Who?
You need to pass to GRADUATE!!
WHEN?!?
Spark
B-Hall
What?
(cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr
Persuasive
Writing Test
All Juniors
in Georgia
Wednesday, September 25
beginning at 8:15
Where?
Check rosters in the hallway
for your specific room number.

Report DIRECTLY to your testing room in the morning.
WHY??
Details
Persuasive Writing Test
You're given ONE prompt and you MUST choose ONE position to take.
Defend your position throughout your essay.
Pacing


Planning/Prewriting—15 minutes
Drafting—35 minutes
Revising and Editing—25 minutes
Final Draft—15 minutes

THE FINAL DRAFT MUST BE IN PEN
Types of Prompts
Essay
Speech
Editorial (AKA article) for the school newspaper
Paper to be presented at a city meeting
Letter to...
an editor of a newspaper
your parents
your principal or school board
Rickard's Recommendations for
The Do List...
Read prompt carefully!
Address the audience and write in the genre asked for in the prompt.
State position firmly in introductory paragraph and provide support throughout your piece.
More "Do's"....
Write enough to establish firm support (at least 4 paragraphs)
Build a strong argument!!
Acknowledge the other side...
but DON 'T attack it,
and DON 'T agree with it.
The Don't List...
Straddle the fence by agreeing with both sides
Use vague references
(“thing,” “stuff,” “etc.”)
Use contractions or abbreviations
(spell out EVERYTHING!)
More Don'ts....
Use slang ("gonna," "wanna," etc.)
Be afraid to show off your vocabulary and style!
Simply restate the ideas already evident in the prompt.
TRANSITIONS
To Compare:
Likewise,
Similarly,
Also,
To Contrast:
However,
On the other hand,
Although,
TRANSITIONS
To Add Information or Clarify:
For example,
For instance,
Moreover,
Finally,
TRANSITIONS
To Conclude or Summarize:
As a result,
Therefore,
All in all,

TRANSITIONS
Visit the Georgia Department of Education Website:
http://www.doe.k12.ga.us
Because you're
DYING for more info...
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