2012 SCHOOL-WIDE WRITING ASSIGNMENT
Each year the school will focus on a different type of writing. 2012's writing genre is expository compare and contrast 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.

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

Compare & Contrast:
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. The Writing Assignment graphic organizers a necessary to show the writing assignment expectation.

Compare & Contrast:
Web Links
ESs need to make sure each parent/student is aware of the Expository Compare and Contrast 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

(It is very important that you know the writing assignment expectations by looking at the writing assignment GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS, 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

The Expository Writing Standards

What is Expository Compare/Contrast Writing?

Writing Assignment Graphic Organizers
Grade 2: Five 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" Compare/Contrast Essays

(High Stakes Exams)

1. Analyze the Prompt
2. Practice With a Blank Graphic Organizer
Grade 2: Five 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.

Compare/Contrast Writing Instruction Web Links
The Five Paragraph Essay
The Audience
The Thesis
Introduction Paragraph
Body Paragraphs
Conclusion Paragraphs

More Compare/Contrast Writing Practice Prompts
Grades 1-3
Grades 4-6
Grades 7-12

Compare/Contrast Writing Samples
Grades 1-3
Grades 4-6
Grades 7-12



Five Paragraph Essay: Writing Instruction by Topic for All Writing

Online Writing Resources
Comprehensive Writing Guides
Comprehensive Grammar Guides
Elements of Style, by Strunk
Online Dictionary
Online Thesaurus
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

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