Evidence -Based WRITING - Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Evidence Based WRITING 7TH GRADE BLITZ Writing Test: March 2, 2015 1 Session - 90 minutes + 30 minutes (if you need it Total Time = 120 minutes or 2 hours Use Your Time Wisely The Prompt: Read the prompt at
least 2 times. Underline Key words in the prompt. Put the key question of the prompt into your own words simply, understand what they are asking you to do. Two Types of Prompts or Essays Argumentative: Informative:
Argumentative Prompt Read all four sources on the debate about the penny in the United States. This particular debate is not about big economic issues. Surprisingly, it is about he economic pros and cons of producing and using pennies. Write an argumentative essay in which you make a claim as to whether or not the production and use of the penny should be eliminated in the United States. Use the information from the texts in the passage set
to develop your essay. Informative/Explanatory Prompt Read all three sources about research and medical advice on the impact of sleep on our health. How many hours of sleep is enough? What is too much sleep? What is too little sleep? How do naps fit into sleep cycles? Write an explanatory essay about the importance of sleep and napping. Your essay must be based on how the information in the chart in source #1 supports information provided
in the two other sources. Cite evidence and identify the source of each piece of information by title or source number. Read Sources: Read the passages COMPLETELY. Gather evidence: T-chart or 3 column chart Make notes next to evidence you find in the passage: Underline it -* put a star next to it - Happy face or Sad face The students who read the passages carefully, have an EASIER time when writing, and write better papers.
USE THE PLANNING SHEET Jot down your reasons after considering the evidence from your source. Think about how you want to organize your essay Outline for Argumentative Essay I. II. III. IV. V. Introduction paragraph
sent.) Body paragraph (claim) sent.) Body paragraph (claim) sent.) Body paragraph(counter claim) Conclusion paragraph sent.) *III. Is optional (4 paragraph essay) (4 to 5 (5 to 6 (5 to 6 (5 to 6 sent.) (4 to 5
Introduction paragraph Begin by writing an interesting, but broad, general statement. Choose one part of the question that can be paraphrased. Rewrite it in your own words. After that, state what the essay is going to be about. Finally, tell exactly what the essay will be about in the thesis statement. If the essay topic is a
question, answer it. If the essay topic requires you to form an argument, state your claim. The thesis statement is like a promise to the reader about what the essay will be about. Introduction paragraph Introduction Frame Hook Provide Background List what you are going to talk about Claim/ Thesis statement Hanna likes eating cheese
Example: Relocating to a strange country can be tough to handle. Billy, from The return of the Seagull, by Austin Shane, goes through this experience. Although at first it was very difficult for him, the experience proves to Billy that he is stronger than he thought. Body Paragraph Frame Topic Sentence The Quote Queen Elaborate
Eats (Paraphrase) Pie Elaborate Every Conclusion sentence Christmas Body Paragraph: Should Give be larger than the introduction Your Reason or make your Point Provide
Evidence (Quote, Facts, etc) Explain the evidence/Elaborate/Examples PEEPEE Body Paragraph The move was hard, because Billy was upset hat his fathers job transfer to Japan, meant that the family had to leave Washington, DC, to move halfway across the world. Evidence Based :
Using information from the passages for support Write name of article, poem, or passage in quotation marks - Ex. According to the article, Arctic Sea Creatures, Radiolarians are single celled creatures that look like little snowflakes. This proves that life can exist in cold glacial waters. The narrator states that the girls nibbled half their cookies and saved the rest for their baby sister. This shows that The author states that Abe Lincoln was always reading and that he studied past midnight on most nights. One can infer that Abe valued education. Based on the information in Captain Scotts diary, readers learn that bad weather impeded his attempt to reach the south pole.
Conclusion Paragraph Conclusion Frame Restate your claim / thesis Summarize the key reasons Quote Call to action / solution Richard sees quiche constantly Paraphrasing
Some examples of paraphrasing with synonyms: My car needs gasoline. a. My automobile needs fuel. (source 1) b. My wheels need gas. The U.S. government has an enormous debt. a. The federal government has an extremely large debt. (source b. The national government has a huge debt. Some examples of paraphrasing with definitions: A college student usually has homework to do. a. A person going to college typically has to study at home. (source 3) b. People taking college courses usually have assignments to do Quotes (Use quotation marks if you write the exact words) According
to Jonathan Clarke, "Professional diplomats often say that trying to think diplomatically about foreign policy is a waste of time." Will Durant wrote, Their economy remained local in structure even while their fleets and products reached out to distant ports. Christine Shaw states that a political changes brought about in Italy by the
intervention of the French were fatal. Transitions again besides moreover another for insurance together with in short finally in summary For the reasons above To add information
and like wise as well furthermore additionally along with also for example equally important further Conclude or Summarize: consequently accordingly due to to sum up
all in all without a doubt as a result therefore Contrast two things or show a difference: yet but however otherwise counter to in the meantime even though on the other on the contrary conversely hand
nevertheless even so as opposed still to Emphasize a point: again indeed to repeat truly in fact to emphasize for this reason with this in mind
Show similarities: in the same manner in the same way also likewise like both as similarly Clarify: Sample Essay Thomas Edison once said that inventing was 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. Inventing is hard work and takes a lot of preparation. Some people, from Sir Isaac Newton and Percy Spencer, seemed lucky to be inspired by mistakes: apples dropped on their heads or
chocolate melted in their pockets. Mistakes seem to have led to discoveries. However, to say that mistakes like these are key in making discoveries would not be true. Real discoveries come from careful experiments and study, and those take time and work. The text In Praise of Careful Science says Most of the time, scientists work for decades and make very few mistakes. While doing an experiment, in order to make it accurate, multiple trials should be performed to gather the correct data. Each trial isnt a mistake. Its simply a further study of the experiment. Many scientists have to research for months or even years on end to conduct accurate experiments. Discoveries arent always made in a day. John Denker, a famous scientist, once compared slow discovery to popular music. He said, I am reminded of the rock star who said it took him 15 years to become an overnight sensation. This rock star worked hard for a long time before he became famous. Thats the same as with discoveries in science. A lot of work makes the discovery important, not the mistake that may have led to it. Not all cases are as clear, though. In the 1940s, Percy Spencer, an electrical engineer in his twenties, was about to discover the beginnings one of todays most useful kitchen appliancesthe microwave. His companys newest project was the Magnetron, a machine that uses electric and
magnetic currents. One day, while testing the Magnetron, Spencer had a chocolate bar in his pocket. He stood too close to the Magnetron, and the chocolate melted.(source 1) He was the first person to put together the idea of using electric and magnetic currents to cook food. However, it took twenty more years before his company made a functional microwave oven. While Percys mistake of having a chocolate bar in his pocket eventually led to the invention of the microwave, 20 years researching and perfecting the invention are truly to thank. At the end of the day, to say Without mistakes, no discoveries can be made does not do humankind justice. Every invention or discovery ever made comes with years of work. While the ideas behind some inventions sometimes come from a mistake, the mistake is only a measly part of the process. In the words of Carl Sagan, a space scientist, Science is a self-correcting process, and the mistake is not as important as the corrections . Remember
4 or 5 paragraph essay 2 to 3 quotes DO NOT USE TEXT LANGUAGE OR SLANG Indent for every paragraph (5 spaces) Claim / Counter Claim (Argumentative) Thesis statement (Informative) Remember to capitalize proper nouns. Remember to punctuate your sentences. Use words from the prompt and sources. Read over your essay, use higher level vocabulary. Good Luck!
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