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Downsville

Writer's Handbook

Downsville Central School


This handbook has been designed to assist DCS writers in rules for correct writing and standards to follow in preparing papers for any subject. 

 
Created by Committee Members in 2008:  Andrew Morris, Pat Pattison, Heather Odell, Gretchen Blynt, Keidy Martinez
 

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Statement of Purpose…………………………………………………… Page5


NYS ELA Standards……………………………………………………. Page 6


Eagle Writers Mission (purpose and process)………………………….. Page 7

DCS Universal Writing Rubric…………………………………………. Page 8


DCS Student Literacy Benchmarks (writing/thinking)…………………. Page 9-10


Proofreading Marks…………………………………………………….. Page 11


Standard Form for all Word-Processed Documents……………………. Page 12-13


State Exams 3-8

State Exams Introduction Page…………………………………………. Page 14


Grades 3-4 ELA Test Design................................................... Page 15

Grades 5-6 ELA Test Design................................................... Page 15-16

Grades 7-8 ELA Test Design................................................... Page 16-17


Comprehensive English Exam Grade 11

General Synopsis of Grade 11 Regents Exam…………………………... Page 18


Part A Day One Regents Task…………………………………………… Page 19


Part A Day One Regents Task Rubric…………………………………… Page 20


Part B Day One Regents Task…………………………………………… Page 21


Part B Day One Regents Task Rubric …………………………………… Page 22


Part A Day Two Regents Task…………………………………………… Page 23


Part A Day Two Regents Task Rubric…………………………………… Page 24


Part B Day Two Regents Task…………………………………………… Page 25


Part B Day Two Regents Task Rubric…………………………………… Page 26


Revising Writing Using a Model for Comparison……………………….. Page 27


Tips for Part A and B Day One Regents Tasks………………………….. Page 28


Tips for Part A and B Day Two Regents Tasks…………………………. Page 29


Understanding the Regents Rubric Qualities……………………………. Page 30


Mr. Morris' Basic Essay Structure (Introductory Paragraph)…………… Page 31


Literary Analysis Tips …………………………………………………… Page 32


Transitional Phrases (to use in essay writing) …………………………… Page 33


Useful Websites

Online Writing Assistance and Test Prep (URLS)………………………. Page 34


Literary Elements and Devices

Introductory Page: Literary Elements and Devices………………………. Page 35


Literary Elements and Devices (defined with examples)………………… Page 36-38


Note Taking

Taking Notes……………………………………………………………... Page 39


Taking Notes Graphic Organizer………………………………………… Page 40-41


Graphic Organizers

Structuring Your Writing - Building Format Graphic Organizer……….. Page 42


Structuring Your Writing………………………………………………… Page 43


Pyramid Notes: Preparing to Read, Think, Write, or Speak…………….. Page 44


T.A.P. (Topic, Audience, Purpose)……………………………………… Page 45 Event Map……………………………………………………………….. Page 45


Web1…………………………………………………………………….. Page 46


Web2…………………………………………………………………….. Page 48


Idea Diagram…………………………………………………………….. Page 49


Outline for Writing………………………………………………………. Page 50


Position/Support Web……………………………………………………. Page 51


Article Organizer………………………………………………………… Page 52


Main Ideas and Supporting Details……………………………………… Page 53


Essay Organizer…………………………………………………………. Page 54


PowerPoint

Using PowerPoint……………………………………………………….. Page 55


Sample PowerPoint Slides………………………………………………. Page 56


Job-Related Help

Resume Format………………………………………………………….. Page 57


Sample Resume…………………………………………………………. Page 58


Sample Cover Letter……………………………………………………. Page 59


Business Letter Format - Modified Block……………………………… Page 60


The Research Paper

Steps in Writing the Research Paper…………………………………… Page 60


Choosing Your Subject…………………………………………………. Page 61


Narrowing Your Subject………………………………………………... Page 62

Provide of Focus for Gathering Material………………………Page 62

Select a Bibliography…………………………………………………… ..Page 63-64

Gathering Notes………………………………………………………… .....Page 64

Categorizing Notes……………………………………………………… ...Page 64

Deciding on an Approach………………………………………………. Page 64

Drawing up a Detailed Outline…………………………………………Page 64


Writing the First Draft………………………………………………….Page 64-65

Make a Clear Copy……………………………………………………..Page 65

Leave for a Day…………………………………………………………..Page 65

The Importance of Editing Your Own Work………….Page 65

Your Final Copy…………………………………………………………. Page 65

MLA/APA Format……………………………………………………….. Page 65


Research Paper Checklist………………………………………………. Page 66-69




Research Paper Rubric…………………………………………………. Page 70


Research Task Definition………………………………………………… Page 71


Topic Check……………………………………………………………… Page 72


Topic Check 2……………………………………………………………. Page 73


Article Map………………………………………………………………. Page 74


The Nuts and Bolts of Writing

Parts of Speech…………………………………………………………… Page 75


Mechanics………………………………………………………………… Page 76-77


Sentences…………………………………………………………………. Page 78


Common Grammatical Errors……………………………………………. Page 79-80


Writing the Scientific Report

Guidelines for Designing a Controlled Experiment……………………… Page 81


Organization of the Final Report…………………………………………. Page 82


Acknowledgments………………………………………………………. Page 83
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