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EOC / STAAR Overview: English I and II
Transcript of EOC / STAAR Overview: English I and II
It's okay to keep it SIMPLE.
The conclusion is the most remembered (the STRONGEST) part of your essay. You MUST end with something powerful.
Beware common writing pitfalls.
So what else should I study?
EOC ENGLISH I
a guide to understanding and mastering the test
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What's on the EOC?
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
revise a variety of texts
edit a variety of texts
15 multiple choice
15 multiple choice
as we get started
And we're off!
this is designed to help.
You'll write TWO essays as part of the EOC.
+ a literary text (this is a
and could be a
if you want it to be)
+ an expository text (this one
or gives a
How do you write good essays?
Glad you asked!
Here are some tips to solid writing:
is the 2nd most remembered (the 2nd strongest) part of your essay.
It's important to begin with something
to begin with
+ use IMAGERY
+ use dialogue
+ use CONCRETE details
+ be specific
even the SMALLEST detail can be
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.
word should do
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.
ways to conclude:
+ what did you learn?
+ what was the moral?
+ revisit key details
the most powerful finish
is a change...
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
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)
THINGS TO STUDY!
how/when to use punctuation
fragments and run-ons
TEST TAKING SKILLS
Testing for reading is different then reading for class. Here are some tips:
Writing for exams focuses less on the idea and more on the formula and grammar.
Remember the reading sections will be testing
your knowledge of English that we have learned including:
Read through once to get the main idea. Don't get hung up on words you don't know. Mark quickly points that don't matter.
Read a question if you know the answer or where to look to find it answer it quickly.
If you don't know a question or it is hard to answer skip it for now to answer easier questions and come back later if you have time.
Make sure that you follow the writing formula: Introduction-Body Paragraphs-Conclusion
Pay attention to Grammar Rules like: Capitalization, Indentation, Subject-Verb agreement, and SPELLING.
The writing structure is more important than having a great/new idea, so choose the easiest one to write about.
In-depth look at the Plot Outlines or Themes
The ability to find literary devices in literature
Knowing how to use the correct structure to write