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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:

  1. Once you’ve created a thesis, ask your teacher to approve it.
  2. Create a very basic, simple outline. Don’t write full sentences into the outline, just stick with a basic plan.
  3. When writing the first draft, deliberately embed information from your notes into the essay. This proves you know your stuff!
  4. Self-edit your first draft thoroughly. Use the “English Handbook Pages” to help you create the right proofreading symbols.
  5. 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!
  6. Use neat penmanship on the final draft, so your teacher can really tell what you’ve learned during the past trimester.
  7. Don’t turn in your final until you’ve read it at least three times through.