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Get Informed About English II

Cynthia Youngblood
Santa Rosa District Schools

Description

Students read a teacher-made informative pamphlet about tenth grade English class rules and requirements and learn important information about FCAT They answer FCAT-like questions about the pamphlet and write an essay.

Objectives

The student determines the main idea and identifies relevant details, methods of development, and their effectiveness in a variety of types of written material.

The student drafts and revises writing that: is focused, purposeful, and reflects insight into the writing situation; has an organizational pattern that provides for a logical progression of ideas; has effective use of transitional devices that contribute to a sense of completeness; has support that is substantial, specific, relevant, and concrete; demonstrates a commitment to and involvement with the subject; uses creative writing strategies as appropriate to the purpose of the paper; demonstrates a mature command of language with precision of expression; has varied sentence structure; and has few, if any, convention errors in mechanics, usage, punctuation, and spelling.

Materials

-A teacher-made pamphlet (See attached file)
-Print Shop Deluxe (or comparable publishing program)
-Copies of pamphlet for class
-Copies of quiz on pamphlet (See attached file)

Preparations

1. Study sample pamphlet in attached file.
2. Create your own pamphlet for your class.
3. Create a ten-item quiz on the information in the pamphlet.
4. Students should have previously reviewed the steps of writing expository and persuasive essays.
5. Students should have previously reviewed the FCAT Writing Rubric.

Procedures

1. Inform the class that they are about to receive information on the course rules, requirements, and other information about important FCAT Test dates and information. Tell students that this pamphlet will help them get organized for the new school year. Also, tell them that they will receive a short quiz on the information that is presented in the pamphlet.

2. Distribute pamphlets to the class.

3. Give the students about five minutes to silently read the information.

4. Go over each section of the pamphlet with the students, allowing time for questions on each section.

5. Tell the students to study their pamphlets for a homework assignment.

6. Test the students on the pamphlet's information. (See attached file for a sample quiz.)

7. Evaluate the quiz. (See assessment.)

8. As an extension, give a writing to inform or persuade lesson, using the pamphlet as a springboard. Have students respond to one of the following questions as a possible topic for an expository or persuasive essay: How do I better prepare myself for the FCAT? Should the FCAT be a high school graduation test? (See Preparation.)

9. Assess essay using the FCAT Writing Rubric. (See Weblinks.)

Assessments

Students will receive a ten-item quiz on information that is presented in the pamphlet to see if they are able to identify relevant details in the written material.
Each item will count 10 points.
Students' essays will be evaluated on focus, organization, support, and conventions, using the FCAT Writing Rubric.

Extensions

Any teacher can create one of these pamphlets for his or her class. Providing a quiz on the pamphlet gives students practice answering FCAT-like questions.

Web Links

Print Shop Information can be found at this site.
Printshop Information

The FCAT Writing Rubric can be found at this site.
Department of Education

Attached Files

A pamphlet and quiz.     File Extension: pdf

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