STAAR Writing Guide for Expository & Persuasive
STAAR WRITING GUIDE FOR EXPOSITORY & PERSUASIVE ESSAYS
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Table of Contents:
Page 2: What will get you zeroes on expository & persuasive
Page 3: How to get two fours on expository using the word EXPOSITORY
Page 4: How to get two fours on persuasive using the word PERSUASIVE
Page 5: Using Your Hands, Fingers, & TOES TO get two fours on PERSUASIVE
Page 6: Let Your Voice Be Heard How to use Mr. Potato Head and six colors of poker chips to add and check for the quantity and quality of voice & development
Page 7 & 8: Practicing Thesis & Position Statements Eleven prompts with and without thesis & position statements
Page 9: English 1 Expository prompt in STAAR format: Write an essay explaining the importance of honesty
Page 10: English 2 Persuasive Prompt in STAAR format: Write an essay stating your opinion on which is more important: being there for family or friends.
Page 11 & 12 Twenty four "four quality" thesis statements responding to the prompt "the importance of honesty"
Page 13: Four Quality Essay Importance of Honesty using ONE Personal Example: keeping the promise to love honor & cherish until death do you part in marriage
Page 14: Four Quality Essay Importance of Honest using ONE Hypothetical Example: Keeping or Sharing Secrets that Someone Gives You When you Promise not to tell anyone
Page 15: Four Quality Essay Importance of Honesty using TWO current event examples: Promises Made By Presidents and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"
Page 16: Four Quality Essay Importance of Honesty/Historical Event- Martin Luther King Being Honest in His "I Have a Dream" Speech and his life
Page 17 & 18: Blank Lined paper for brainstorming to practice pencil & paper as well as online essays
Pages 19-50 Words of Wisdom/Quotes/Truisms Based on the Persuasive Prompt "Write an essay stating your opinion on which is more important: being there for friends or family These will be used to model attention getters, hooks, and relevant, related position statements
Page 51-56 Quick Check and Analytic Scoring Guides for Expository & Persuasive
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