2020-2021 Advanced Writing ELAR Folders (Digital Version)
2020-2021 ELAR WRITING Student Folders
SPECIAL FOR TEACHERS:
This product comes in four 8.5" x 11" sheets for easy laminating and folding for student use. With this purchase you have permission to make unlimited copies for your class, grade level, or campus. Districts must purchase one set of folders for each campus.
1. WITH THE CHANGES COMING IN TEXAS WITH THE NEW ELAR TEKS, THE FOLDERS HAVE BEEN UPDATED TO PREPARE STUDENTS IN GRADES 3-8 TO BE ABLE TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO QUESTIONS THAT WILL BE OPEN ENDED AND SHORT ANSWERED IN NATURE. (STARTING IN THE FALL OF 2022, ONLY 75% OF QUESTIONS CAN BE MULTIPLE CHOICE ACCORDING TO THE NEWLY PASSED HOUSE BILL.) Think about the colors of a traffic light: RED: What is the topic/question? YELLOW: What is the answer? GREEN: Explain why that is the answer? Imagine if we could get every single teacher to begin asking more open ended or short answer questions like this instead of only multiple choice! Let's not wait another two years to do this! Remove the answer choices on 25% of your questions, and make your students answer the questions with one or two complete sentences. Hold them accountable for legible penmanship and decipherable grammar as well.
2. Understanding the Prompt: Brainstorming & Planning Guide with the process of writing expository essays by simply using the letters W.O.W WOW #1 W - Underline WRITE, O- Circle key W - Words WOW #2 Write One "W" The prompts for 4th grade are all based on the five ws: who, what, when, where, and why. Write one W means that your students have to figure out which W is being mentioned in the prompt an come up with their central idea statement using ONE and only one "W", their idea WOW#3 Secondary: Words Other Words Your students will told one of these two key words in their prompt for STAAR in 7th, 9th, and 10th grade: WRITE about the importance of _________. Use the prompt word as the first "W". Then using the concept of cause and effect, think of that word as the cause and the other word as the effect, which will become your controlling idea, thesis or position statement. Here's an example: The 7th grade prompt this year was, Write about the importance of trying something new." So your student just need to write something like this to have a clearly written controlling idea or thesis statement: When you try something new - (words) you will gain experience even if you fail - (other words) Example Two: When the prompt says, "Write about whether or not _____ leads to ______ ." In this case, the words and the other words are already there. Here's one example that was on the real test: "Write about whether or not hard work leads to success." Words: Hard work Other words: success. A good controlling idea, thesis, or position statement might be something like this: "Working diligently in sports pays off with great rewards, whether it is a trophy, medal, or even just a physically fit body."
3. Using W.W.E. for the Introduction/Body/ConclusionThe first W for the Wow attention getter and W-What the central/controlling idea, or thesis statement, The second W will be W-the reason(s) Why, and E-the way the student will use an E-Example to E-Explain, E-Explode, E-End, and E-Edit the essay. When your student are able to do ALL of the E's, they will get threes and fours by most readers and raters.
4. An Editing section to help students remember what to look for when they are editing their own essays or trying to edit passages. The focus is on capitalization, usage, punctuation, sentence boundaries-run-ons & fragments, and spelling with different visual strategies to help your students remember important concepts and skills.
5. The revising section guides your students in knowing when to add, remove, replace, or move words, phrases, transitions, sentences and/or paragraphs on their essays. It also is a wonderful tool when working on revising passages that are in multiple choice format.
6. A cursive and print alphabet is visible for your students who have trouble with letter formations and/or dyslexia/dysgraphia.
7. Dozens of figurative language examples (onomatopoeia, similes, metaphors, hyperboles, idioms, and personification)
8. The next to last bullet on the prompt page for STAAR reminds your students to choose their words carefully. In order to make it easier fro them to do that, a huge list of excellent vocabulary to substitute for worn out lower level words when writing essays.
This is a great resource for students to use right at their desks without having to walk around your classroom looking at posters or come to your desk over and over for help.
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