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Unit 7: Lesson 1
- The SAT Essay: Overview
- The SAT Essay: What to expect
Using Khan Academy’s SAT Essay Practice
Important note, sat essay practice on khan academy, the prewriting area.
- Start by drafting a Thesis Statement or “Claim.”
- Then, add in ideas and examples from the text that support your thesis.
- Create categories that correspond to the reasoning, evidence, or stylistic or persuasive elements you are considering including in your body paragraphs.
- Copy excerpts from the passage and paste them into the appropriate category.
The Writing Area
- First, we save a copy of your current draft to the bottom of the page.
- Next, the system analyzes your writing and gives you specific recommendations for how to improve your writing in the three areas scored on the SAT essay: Reading, Analysis, and Writing.
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SSP Workshop: Practice Exam Essay Writing & Review
The Supplemental Success Program is offering a workshop to provide all first-year students with a valuable opportunity to practice the IRAC method for essay writing in a simulated test-taking environment. Students will also have the opportunity to hone the critical skill of post-practice-exam review and self-reflection.
At the workshop, students will receive a short hypothetical question and will draft a complete essay answer in an allotted period of time, just like on a real exam. The rule statement will be provided, and no prior memorization is required to complete the exercise. After time has expired, students will receive a model answer and guidance on how to review their answers effectively and get the most out of practice-exam exercises.
The workshop will take place Monday, October 30th, at 12:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
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While most OWL resources recommend a longer writing process (start early, revise often, conduct thorough research, etc.), sometimes you just have to write quickly in test situations. However, these exam essays can be no less important pieces of writing than research papers because they can influence final grades for courses, and/or they can mean the difference between getting into an academic program (GED, SAT, GRE). To that end, this resource will help you prepare and write essays for exams.
What is a well written answer to an essay question?
Be sure to answer the question completely, that is, answer all parts of the question. Avoid "padding." A lot of rambling and ranting is a sure sign that the writer doesn't really know what the right answer is and hopes that somehow, something in that overgrown jungle of words was the correct answer.
Don't write in a haphazard "think-as-you-go" manner. Do some planning and be sure that what you write has a clearly marked introduction which both states the point(s) you are going to make and also, if possible, how you are going to proceed. In addition, the essay should have a clearly indicated conclusion which summarizes the material covered and emphasizes your thesis or main point.
Do not just assert something is true, prove it. What facts, figures, examples, tests, etc. prove your point? In many cases, the difference between an A and a B as a grade is due to the effective use of supporting evidence.
People who do not use conventions of language are thought of by their readers as less competent and less educated. If you need help with these or other writing skills, come to the Writing Lab
How do you write an effective essay exam?
- Read through all the questions carefully.
- Budget your time and decide which question(s) you will answer first.
- Underline the key word(s) which tell you what to do for each question.
- Choose an organizational pattern appropriate for each key word and plan your answers on scratch paper or in the margins.
- Write your answers as quickly and as legibly as you can; do not take the time to recopy.
- Begin each answer with one or two sentence thesis which summarizes your answer. If possible, phrase the statement so that it rephrases the question's essential terms into a statement (which therefore directly answers the essay question).
- Support your thesis with specific references to the material you have studied.
- Proofread your answer and correct errors in spelling and mechanics.
Specific organizational patterns and "key words"
Most essay questions will have one or more "key words" that indicate which organizational pattern you should use in your answer. The six most common organizational patterns for essay exams are definition, analysis, cause and effect, comparison/contrast, process analysis, and thesis-support.
- "Define X."
- "What is an X?"
- "Choose N terms from the following list and define them."
Q: "What is a fanzine?"
A: A fanzine is a magazine written, mimeographed, and distributed by and for science fiction or comic strip enthusiasts.
Avoid constructions such as "An encounter group is where ..." and "General semantics is when ... ."
- State the term to be defined.
- State the class of objects or concepts to which the term belongs.
- Differentiate the term from other members of the class by listing the term's distinguishing characteristics.
Tools you can use
- Details which describe the term
- Examples and incidents
- Comparisons to familiar terms
- Negation to state what the term is not
- Classification (i.e., break it down into parts)
- Examination of origins or causes
- Examination of results, effects, or uses
Analysis involves breaking something down into its components and discovering the parts that make up the whole.
- "Analyze X."
- "What are the components of X?"
- "What are the five different kinds of X?"
- "Discuss the different types of X."
Q: "Discuss the different services a junior college offers a community."
A: Thesis: A junior college offers the community at least three main types of educational services: vocational education for young people, continuing education for older people, and personal development for all individuals.
Outline for supporting details and examples. For example, if you were answering the example question, an outline might include:
- Vocational education
- Continuing education
- Personal development
Write the essay, describing each part or component and making transitions between each of your descriptions. Some useful transition words include:
- first, second, third, etc.
- in addition
Conclude the essay by emphasizing how each part you have described makes up the whole you have been asked to analyze.
Cause and Effect
Cause and effect involves tracing probable or known effects of a certain cause or examining one or more effects and discussing the reasonable or known cause(s).
- "What are the causes of X?"
- "What led to X?"
- "Why did X occur?"
- "Why does X happen?"
- "What would be the effects of X?"
Q: "Define recession and discuss the probable effects a recession would have on today's society."
A: Thesis: A recession, which is a nationwide lull in business activity, would be detrimental to society in the following ways: it would .......A......., it would .......B......., and it would .......C....... .
The rest of the answer would explain, in some detail, the three effects: A, B, and C.
Useful transition words:
- for this reason
- as a result
- "How does X differ from Y?"
- "Compare X and Y."
- "What are the advantages and disadvantages of X and Y?"
Q: "Which would you rather own—a compact car or a full-sized car?"
A: Thesis: I would own a compact car rather than a full-sized car for the following reasons: .......A......., .......B......., .......C......., and .......D....... .
Two patterns of development:
- Full-sized car
- Compact car
Useful transition words
- on the other hand
- unlike A, B ...
- in the same way
- while both A and B are ..., only B ..
- on the contrary
- while A is ..., B is ...
- "Describe how X is accomplished."
- "List the steps involved in X."
- "Explain what happened in X."
- "What is the procedure involved in X?"
Process (sometimes called process analysis)
This involves giving directions or telling the reader how to do something. It may involve discussing some complex procedure as a series of discrete steps. The organization is almost always chronological.
Q: "According to Richard Bolles' What Color Is Your Parachute?, what is the best procedure for finding a job?"
A: In What Color Is Your Parachute?, Richard Bolles lists seven steps that all job-hunters should follow: .....A....., .....B....., .....C....., .....D....., .....E....., .....F....., and .....G..... .
The remainder of the answer should discuss each of these seven steps in some detail.
- following this
- after, afterwards, after this
- simultaneously, concurrently
Thesis and Support
- "Discuss X."
- "A noted authority has said X. Do you agree or disagree?"
- "Defend or refute X."
- "Do you think that X is valid? Defend your position."
Thesis and support involves stating a clearly worded opinion or interpretation and then defending it with all the data, examples, facts, and so on that you can draw from the material you have studied.
Q: "Despite criticism, television is useful because it aids in the socializing process of our children."
A: Television hinders rather than helps in the socializing process of our children because .......A......., .......B......., and .......C....... .
The rest of the answer is devoted to developing arguments A, B, and C.
- it follows that
A. Which of the following two answers is the better one? Why?
Question: Discuss the contribution of William Morris to book design, using as an example his edition of the works of Chaucer.
a. William Morris's Chaucer was his masterpiece. It shows his interest in the Middle Ages. The type is based on medieval manuscript writing, and the decoration around the edges of the pages is like that used in medieval books. The large initial letters are typical of medieval design. Those letters were printed from woodcuts, which was the medieval way of printing. The illustrations were by Burn-Jones, one of the best artists in England at the time. Morris was able to get the most competent people to help him because he was so famous as a poet and a designer (the Morris chair) and wallpaper and other decorative items for the home. He designed the furnishings for his own home, which was widely admired among the sort of people he associated with. In this way he started the arts and crafts movement.
b. Morris's contribution to book design was to approach the problem as an artist or fine craftsman, rather than a mere printer who reproduced texts. He wanted to raise the standards of printing, which had fallen to a low point, by showing that truly beautiful books could be produced. His Chaucer was designed as a unified work of art or high craft. Since Chaucer lived in the Middle Ages, Morris decided to design a new type based on medieval script and to imitate the format of a medieval manuscript. This involved elaborate letters and large initials at the beginnings of verses, as well as wide borders of intertwined vines with leaves, fruit, and flowers in strong colors. The effect was so unusual that the book caused great excitement and inspired other printers to design beautiful rather than purely utilitarian books.
From James M. McCrimmon, Writing with a Purpose , 7th ed. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1980), pp. 261-263.
B. How would you plan the structure of the answers to these essay exam questions?
1. Was the X Act a continuation of earlier government policies or did it represent a departure from prior philosophies?
2. What seems to be the source of aggression in human beings? What can be done to lower the level of aggression in our society?
3. Choose one character from Novel X and, with specific references to the work, show how he or she functions as an "existential hero."
4. Define briefly the systems approach to business management. Illustrate how this differs from the traditional approach.
5. What is the cosmological argument? Does it prove that God exists?
6. Civil War historian Andy Bellum once wrote, "Blahblahblah blahed a blahblah, but of course if blahblah blahblahblahed the blah, then blahblahs are not blah but blahblah." To what extent and in what ways is the statement true? How is it false?
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Comprehension and Insight skills refer to your ability to:
- recognize the main idea in a text
- identify the techniques and/or devices used by the author
- critically or analytically interpret the text
- make references to demonstrate your understanding of the text
The Comprehension and Insight exercises are grouped into two parts:
- one part for short stories
- one part for essays
Exercises based on short stories
Module 1: how to recognize a main idea in a short story.
- Practice defining new and important words in the story “Cranes Fly South”.
- Practice selecting words that relate to the mood and atmosphere of “Cranes Fly South” as these help reveal the theme.
- Practice identifying the literary elements of the story, the ways in which the author develops the theme. Analyze the main characters, the plot with its conflicts and foreshadowing, and the setting of the story. Then determine the effect of the narrator and the title in “Cranes Fly South”.
- Practice stating the theme.
- Exercise 2 Answer some reading comprehension questions about “Cranes Fly South”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 3 Practice understanding the plot of “Powder”. Then analyze the main characters, the setting, the narrative technique, the title and the theme. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 4 Answer some reading comprehension questions about “Powder”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
Module 2: How to identify techniques and devices in a short story
- Exercise 1 Practice analyzing the author\'s use of diction, symbolism, imagery, repetition and irony in “Cranes Fly South”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 2 Analyze the author\'s use of techniques and devices. Practice analyzing setting, character development, imagery, narrative point of view, foreshadowing and irony in “Cranes Fly South”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 3 Practice associating words to ideas, and practice analyzing symbols, imagery, repetition and irony in “Powder”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 4 Practice analyzing the setting, character development, title, repetition, imagery, narrator, foreshadowing and irony in “Powder”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
Module 3: How to show evidence of critical or analytical interpretation of a short story
- Exercise 1 Practice distinguishing between plot summary and critical analysis in “Cranes Fly South”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 2 Practice transforming plot summary into critical analysis in “Cranes Fly South”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 3 Practice transforming plot summary into critical analysis in “Cranes Fly South”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 4 Practice transforming plot summary into critical analysis in “Powder”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
Module 4: How to identify references that demonstrate understanding of a short story
- Exercise 1 Practice selecting direct quotations that support critical points about “Cranes Fly South”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 2 Practice finding quotations that support points about the characters, the plot, the imagery and the irony in “Cranes Fly South”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 3 Practice finding quotations that support analytical statements made about “Powder”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 4 Practice finding plot details and quotations that indicate traits of the main characters in “Powder”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
Exercises based on essays
Module 5: how to recognize a main idea in an essay.
- Exercise 1 Practice identifying the central ideas paragraph by paragraph in a personal essay so as to understand the author\'s thesis or main point in “Dance with a Giraffe”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 2 Practice answering the following fundamental questions: who, where, what, why and how. Then practice using your answers to understand the point of this personal essay. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 3 Practice identifying the author\'s topics, his seven wonders, and his explanations so as to understand his thesis or main point. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 4 Practice answering the following fundamental questions: who, what, how, why and when in “Seven Wonders”. Use your answers to determine the thesis or main point of this scientific essay. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
Module 6: How to identify techniques and devices in an essay
- Exercise 1 Practice recognizing how word meanings and connotations can lead to an understanding of the author\'s main idea in “Dance with a Giraffe”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 2 Practice identifying writing techniques such as the use of personal examples, structure, description and metaphors from the essay “Dance with a Giraffe”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 3 Read a good student essay about “Seven Wonders” and identify the writing techniques that the student has analyzed. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 4 Analyze the literary devices and techniques used in “Seven Wonders”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
Module 7: How to show evidence of critical or analytical interpretation of an essay
- Exercise 1 Distinguish between a summary and an analysis of “Dance with a Giraffe”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 2 Distinguish between accurate and inaccurate comments about “Dance with a Giraffe”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 3 Practice writing critical commentary about the essay “Seven Wonders” as you analyze literary techniques such as irony and description. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 4 Practice writing critical comments about each of the seven wonders that Lewis presents. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
Module 8: How to identify references that demonstrate understanding of an essay
- Exercise 1 Practice finding quotations and plot details that support comments about the essay “Dance with a Giraffe”. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 2 Distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable references used to support statements about “Dance with a Giraffe.” Then write some references of your own. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 3 Read a good student essay about “Seven Wonders” and then highlight the student\'s references that support the key points about how Lewis uses description, comparison and tone. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
- Exercise 4 Match each quotation from “Seven Wonders” with the idea that it supports. ', this, event, '400px')" onMouseout="delayhidetip()" style="text-decoration: none;"> ?
100 Writing Practice Lessons & Exercises
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Want to become a better writer? Perhaps you want to write novels, or maybe you just want to get better grades in your essay writing assignments , or maybe you'd like to start a popular blog .
If you want to write better, you need practice. But what does a writing practice actually look like? In this post, I'm going to give you everything you need to kick off your writing practice and become a better writer faster.
What Is Writing Practice?
Writing practice is a method of becoming a better writer that usually involves reading lessons about the writing process, using writing prompts, doing creative writing exercises , or finishing writing pieces, like essays, short stories , novels , or books . The best writing practice is deliberate, timed, and involves feedback.
How Do You Practice Writing?
This was the question I had when I first started The Write Practice in 2011. I knew how to practice a sport and how to practice playing an instrument. But for some reason, even after studying it in college, I wasn't sure how to practice writing.
I set out to create the best writing practice I could. The Write Practice is the result.
I found that the best writing practice has three aspects:
Deliberate . Writing whatever you feel like may be cathartic, but it's not an effective way to become a better writer. You'll get better faster by instead practicing a specific technique or aspect of the writing process each time you sit down to write.
This is why we have a new lesson about the writing process each day on The Write Practice, followed by a practice prompt at the end so you can put what you learned to use immediately.
Timed . It's no secret writers struggle with focus. There are just too many interesting distractions—Facebook, email, Kim Kardashian's Instagram feed (just kidding about that last one, sort of)—and writing is just too hard sometimes.
Setting a timer, even for just fifteen minutes, is an easy and effective way to stay focused on what's important.
This is why in our writing practice prompt at the end of each post we have a time limit, usually with a link to an online egg timer , so you can focus on deliberate practice without getting distracted.
Feedback . Getting feedback is one of the requirements to deliberately practice writing or any other craft. Feedback can look like listening to the reactions of your readers or asking for constructive criticism from editors and other writers.
This is why we ask you to post your writing practice in the comments section after each lesson, so that you can get feedback from other writers in The Write Practice community. It's also why we set up The Write Practice Pro community , to provide critique groups for writers to get feedback on their finished writing pieces.
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2. Do You Use Quotation Marks or Italics for Song and Album Titles? The wrong punctuation can make any writer look silly. If you've ever been confused about whether to use quotes or italics for song titles and album titles, this post will clear things up. Click to continue to the writing exercise
3. Ten Secrets To Write Better Stories . How does Pixar manage to create such great stories, year after year? And how do you write a good story? In this post, I distill everything I've learned about how to write a good story into ten tips. Click to continue to the writing exercise
4. How To Use an Ellipsis… Correctly . Judging by my Facebook feed, most people are using ellipses incorrectly, or at least over using them. Here's how to use those trio of periods correctly in your writing. Click to continue to the writing exercise
5. 35 Questions To Ask Your Characters From Marcel Proust . To get to know my characters better, I use a list of questions known as the Proust Questionnaire, made famous by French author, Marcel Proust. Click to continue to the writing exercise
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8. How to Conduct an Interview Like a Journalist . The interview is the most-used tool in a journalist's bag. But that doesn't mean novelists, bloggers, and even students can't and don't interview people. Here's how to conduct a great interview. Click to continue to the writing exercise
9. Why You Should Try Writing in Second Person . You've probably used first person and third person point-of-view already. But what about second person? This post explains three reasons why you should try writing from this point-of-view. Click to continue to the writing exercise
10. The Secret to Show, Don't Tell . You've heard the classic writing rule, “Show. Don't Tell.” Every writing blog ever has talked about it, and for good reason. Showing, for some reason, is really difficult. Click to continue to the writing exercise.
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- The Secret to Writing On Your Blog Every Day
- How to Publish Your Book and Sell Your First 1,000 Copies
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11 Writing Prompts
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- Longing [writing prompt]
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- Morning [writing prompt]
- The Beach [writing prompt]
- Fall [writing prompt]
- How to Use Six-Word Stories As Writing Prompts
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- Organize your ideas. Knowledge of the subject matter is only part of the preparation process. You need to spend some time thinking about how to organize your ideas. Let's say the question asks you to compare and contrast what regime theory and hegemonic stability theory would predict about post-cold war nuclear proliferation. The key components of an answer to this question must include:
- A definition of the theories
- A brief description of the issue
- A comparison of the two theories' predictions
- A clear and logical contrasting of the theories (noting how and why they are different)
- Make a persuasive argument. Most essays in political science ask you to make some kind of argument. While there are no right answers, there are more and less persuasive answers. What makes an argument persuasive?
- A clear point that is being argued (a thesis)
- Sufficient evidenct to support that thesis
- Logical progression of ideas throughout the essay
- Review your essay. Take a few minutes to re-read your essay. Correct grammatical mistakes, check to see that you have answered all parts of the question.
- Avoid excuses. Don't write at the end that you ran out of time, or did not have time to study because you were sick. Make an appointment with your TA to discuss these things after the exam.
- Don't "pad" your answer. Instructors are usually quite adept at detecting student bluffing. They give no credit for elaboration of the obvious. If you are stuck, you can elaborate on what you do know, as long as it relates to the question.
- Avoid the "kitchen sink" approach. Many students simply write down everything they know about a particular topic, without relating the information to the question. Everything you include in your answer should help to answer the question and support your thesis. You need to show how/why the information is relevant -- don't leave it up to your instructor to figure this out!
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