2011 SCHOOL-WIDE WRITING ASSIGNMENT
Each year the school will focus on a different type of writing. 2011's writing genre is expository writing. The school will collect a sample of that writing at the December LR Meeting, then score according to the school rubric, and save as our school writing samples. All students may participate, but 2nd to 11th graders, and any 12th graders who have not yet passed the CAHSEE ELA are required to participate. The school hopes to improve everyone's writing skills through this process.

Expository:
Essential Handouts
ESs should give each parent/student the handouts in this column below.

Expository:
Instruction and Practice Materials
ESs need to make sure each parent/student is aware of the
Instruction & Practice Materials in this column, that each parent/student is shown these links, and that the ES prints and provides the materials to any parent/student who wants them. Highly recommended, but not required.

Expository:
Web Links
ESs need to make sure each parent/student is aware of the Expository Web Links in this column. These Web Links are resources only, and provide optional support.

General Writing:
Web Links
ESs need to make sure each parent/student is aware of the General Writing Web Links in this column. These Web Links are resources only, and provide optional support.

1. Directions

2. School Writing Assignment Expectations

(Very important you know the writing assignment expectations by looking at the Graphic Organizer Examples, and the Scoring Rubrics)

3. Practice Checklists

4. "Mock" Practice Assignments K-12
(Highly recommended, but optional)

5. Writing Assignments K-12
(Required)

6. Scoring Rubrics

7. Scored Writing Samples - Examined

The Expository Writing Standards

What is Expository Writing?

Writing Assignment Graphic Organizers
Grade K: Refer to Mock Practice
Grade 1: Refer to Mock Practice
Grade 2: Sentences Graphic Organizer
Grade 3: One Paragraph Graphic Organizer
Grades 4: Three Paragraph Graphic Organizer
Grades 5-12: Five Paragraph Graphic Organizer


"How To Write" Expository Essays

(High Stakes Exams)

1. Analyze the Prompt
2. Use a Blank Graphic Organizer

-Grade 2: Sentences Blank Organizer
-Grade 3: One Paragraph Blank Organizer
-Grades 4: Three Paragraph Blank Organizer
-Grades 5-12: Five Paragraph Blank Organizer
3. Plan Your Writing
*Introduction Paragraph
-Hook
-Topic
-Thesis
*Body Paragraphs
*Conclusion Paragraph
*Transitions
4. Use Sentence Variety
-Sentence Types
-Clauses
-Run-On Sentences
-Incomplete (Fragment) Sentences

5. Use Correct Spelling, Grammar, & Punctuation.

Expository Writing Web Links
The Five Paragraph Essay
The Audience
The Thesis
Introduction Paragraph
Body Paragraphs
Conclusion Paragraphs

More Expository Writing Prompts
Grades 1-3
Grades 4-6
Grades 7-12

Expository Lessons & Web Quests
Grades 1-3
Grades 4-6
Grades 7-12

Expository Writing Samples
Grades 1-3
Grades 4-6
Grades 7-12



Online Writing Resources
Comprehensive Writing Guides
Comprehensive Grammar Guides
Elements of Style, by Strunk
Online Dictionary
Online Thesaurus
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Citation - MLA, APA, Chicago, and more

California Writing Genres
Genre definition
School year(s) genre is emphasized