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- District Writing Assessment test will be given Sept. 9 and 10.
- Friday School 8-10 AM on Sept. 11.
- Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 18.
The District Writing Assessment will be a written test. For this test you may use the following:
- a hard-bound dictionary
- a hard-bound thesaurus
You may not use the following:
- the literature book
- supplemental reading materials (like narrative handouts or novels)
- electronic devices (like tablets, iPods, or phones)
Rules during the DWA:
- no talking
- no sharing notes or passing papers
- turn in all required documents
Tips for Writing a Timed Essay:
- Once you’ve created a thesis, ask your teacher to approve it.
- Create a very basic, simple outline. Don’t write full sentences into the outline, just stick with a basic plan.
- When writing the first draft, deliberately embed information from your notes into the essay. This proves you know your stuff!
- Self-edit your first draft thoroughly. Use the “English Handbook Pages” to help you create the right proofreading symbols.
- Never make deliberate mistakes in the first draft (for editing’s sake), because if you don’t finish in time, your teacher will be scoring you based only on the first draft!
- Use neat penmanship on the final draft, so your teacher can really tell what you’ve learned during the past trimester.
- Don’t turn in your final until you’ve read it at least three times through.