You will take the Graduation Writing Test on Wed, Sep 25. This week, you will write a practice essay on this topic:
Over the past 25 years, the U.S. has spent billions on space exploration.
Some citizens believe exploring outer space is an important use of
government money. Others believe the money could be better spent helping people here on Earth. Write a letter to convince Congress to either continue funding space exploration or to redirect those funds to other projects. Include specific details and examples to support your position.
The Graduation Writing Test is graded on these 4 elements:
1. Ideas: Thesis, Reasons, Details, Persuasiveness, Anecdote
2. Organization: Intro, Body, Conclusion
3. Style: Voice, Vocabulary, Sentence Variety
4. Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation
We will go to the computer lab to practice grammar and vocabulary on NoRedInk.com and Quizlet.com.
We will review and discuss poor and excellent examples of Graduation Writing Test essays.
You will create a blog as your academic portfolio. See the directions below.