First Five–Quick Write:

Name one thing you will do, or one strategy you will use during the SBAC, to ensure your success.



We have studied these three types of writing through the year. Now we will review and test what we know.





Narrative Writing:

A piece of narrative writing tells a story. It often includes personal anecdotes which create an emotional response in the reader. Students are often asked to produce narrative samples and essays at the beginning of the school year. How often have you had an assignment where you were asked to write about something you did over the summer. What you wrote for that assignment was a narrative with a beginning, middle, and end.


My Greatest Instrument

Some people express themselves through beautiful art; others are masters of the page and speak silently through writing. I, on the other hand, express myself with the greatest instrument I have, my voice. I make my living by speaking to groups large and small. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than public speaking, and my interest in public speaking began when I was quite young.

At age eight I realized that I belonged in front of an audience. I started giving demonstrations and speeches in local county 4-H competitions until I was eligible to participate in state competitions. I won every state competition that I entered.

Expository Writing:

This type of writing explains, describes, give information, or informs the reader.


Three Types of Planets

People often think all planets are alike, but there are actually three types of planets in the solar system. The terrestrial planets are made of rock and metal and are closest to the sun. These include the midsize planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. They rotate slowly and don’t have many moons. Farther from the sun are the planets called gas giants, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. They are called gas giants because they are formed from gases such as hydrogen and helium. Gas giants rotate fast and have many moons. Finally, planetoids are objects made up of rock and ice and are too small to be true “planets.” Planetoids sometimes even get pulled into a planet’s gravitational field and become moons themselves. Whether they are terrestrials, gas giants, or planetoids, the planets in the solar system are fascinating.

Argumentative Writing:

You are most failure with argumentative writing (we’ve been doing it everyday, all year). Sometimes it is called persuasive writing. Argumentative writing involves making a claim and providing evidence for that claim. Remember out thesis construction:

Thesis = Topic + Claim + Evidence



Station one: Narrative Writing — Each person in the group will write one paragraph paragraph about a difficulty they experienced and overcame this year.

Andrea, Jesus, Saybeth, Adam, Jasmin

Station Two: Expository Writing — Each person in the group will write one paragraph paragraph explaining how to do something or describe how something works. ( how to post a video to YouTube, three ways you can tweeze your eyebrows etc. ).

Sebastian, Lauren, Breanna, Ali

Station Three: Argumentative Writing — Each person in the group will write one paragraph paragraph that makes an argument with a thesis in the last sentence.                  ( Edward Snowden should turn himself in because it will discourage leakers ).

Uriah, Daniella, Daisy, Isaac, Giovanni

We will share our writing afterward–please do not write anything too personal that will prohibit your desire to share with the class.