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  • 1. GHSGWTGHSGWT LessonLesson Peachtree Ridge High SchoolPeachtree Ridge High School Dont let this happen to you! Be prepared for the Georgia High School Graduation Writing Test!

2. Overview of the GHSGTOverview of the GHSGT Georgia High School Graduation WritingGeorgia High School Graduation Writing Test: September 27Test: September 27thth 100 minutes- brainstorming, drafting,100 minutes- brainstorming, drafting, editing, & revision (final draft in pen)editing, & revision (final draft in pen) Persuasive Prompt- you need a clearPersuasive Prompt- you need a clear opinion supported by multiple concreteopinion supported by multiple concrete detailsdetails May take various formats depending onMay take various formats depending on the prompt: letter, speech, essay, etcthe prompt: letter, speech, essay, etc 2 raters will grade you on 4 domains2 raters will grade you on 4 domains 3. POP QUIZ!POP QUIZ! Which of these domains of the GHSGWhich of these domains of the GHSG Writing Test will be the most important (i.e.Writing Test will be the most important (i.e. worth the most amount of points!)?worth the most amount of points!)? A. IdeasA. Ideas B. OrganizationB. Organization C. StyleC. Style D. ConventionsD. Conventions 4. And the winner is....And the winner is.... IDEASIDEAS (40%)(40%) Stay controlled and focusedStay controlled and focused Support your ideas with DETAILS andSupport your ideas with DETAILS and make your details relevantmake your details relevant Create depth in your development of ideasCreate depth in your development of ideas Be aware of your persuasive purposeBe aware of your persuasive purpose Show a sense of completionShow a sense of completion Make the move from general to specificMake the move from general to specific 5. Pop Quiz!Pop Quiz! Indicate whether the following details are:Indicate whether the following details are: (a)(a)GeneralGeneral (b) Specific(b) Specific 1.1. The storm was violent.The storm was violent. 2.2. The death penalty is wrong and unjust.The death penalty is wrong and unjust. 3.3. Homework is horrible and should beHomework is horrible and should be banned in schoolsbanned in schools 6. How to Make Your WritingHow to Make Your Writing More Specific...More Specific... Use personal examples or specificUse personal examples or specific hypothetical situations that illustrate yourhypothetical situations that illustrate your pointpoint Use an abundance of meaningfulUse an abundance of meaningful adjectives, adverbs, vivid verbs, sensoryadjectives, adverbs, vivid verbs, sensory language, and imagerylanguage, and imagery Use evidence to back up your claimsUse evidence to back up your claims SHOW, dont tell!SHOW, dont tell! Propose specific solutions/alternatives toPropose specific solutions/alternatives to fix the problemfix the problem 7. Helpful Rhetorical DevicesHelpful Rhetorical Devices AnecdoteAnecdote- a small story (usually in the- a small story (usually in the intro) to illustrate (not prove!) a point.intro) to illustrate (not prove!) a point. ImageryImagery (descriptive language)(descriptive language) EthosEthos- appeal to ethics- appeal to ethics PathosPathos- appeal to emotion- appeal to emotion LogosLogos- appeal to logic- appeal to logic Figurative LanguageFigurative Language- similes, metaphors- similes, metaphors and personification (be creative and makeand personification (be creative and make sure they make sense!)sure they make sense!) Rhetorical QuestionsRhetorical Questions 8. TheThe KEY toKEY to IDEAS!IDEAS! Controlling Idea (Focus) Relevant Supporting Ideas Major Details Specific Examples And Elaboration 9. Key for DoD Samples:Key for DoD Samples: Blue= RelevantBlue= Relevant Supporting IdeaSupporting Idea Red= Major DetailsRed= Major Details Green= Specific DetailsGreen= Specific Details and Examplesand Examples 10. Ideas: Score Point 2Ideas: Score Point 2 The United States government has spent billions of dollars on the space program for over 25 years. That needs to stop. The first reason this needs to stop is there have been problems with the space program. The second reason this needs to stop is, there are really important issues to deal with in the U.S. and across the world. The first reason this needs to stop is there have been problems with the space program. For one, it is really expensive. Secondly, it is not really safe. There have been two major accidents and lives lost. So, the program needs to stop because there are many problems with it. The second reason this needs to stop is, there are really important issues to deal with in the U.S. and across the world. A fact we can not forget is that America is at war on two fronts. Plus, there is the constant threat of another terrorist attack. Also, lets not forget the people in America who are hungry and dont have homes. There are many important problems we need to deal with instead of sending people to space. So, I think we need to stop funding space travel. Remember, there are many problems with the space program. Secondly, there are really important issues we need to address here at home. Thanks for reading my letter. 11. Ideas: Score Point 3Ideas: Score Point 3 The United States government has been funding billions of dollars to the space program for over 25 years, and I believe that that needs to stop. For one, there have been problems with the space program. Two, there are really important issues to deal with in the U.S. and across the world. I am asking you to redirect funding for space exploration into other programs. In the past 25 years, the space programs main vehicle for transportation to outer space has been the space shuttle. Now though, there are problems with it. For one, it is really expensive. Secondly, it is not really safe. Until we can fix these problems, I think it would be getter to spend this money elsewhere. If funding isnt going to the space program, it needs to be going to fund more pressing issues. A fact we can not forget is that America is at war on two fronts. Plus, there is the constant threat of another terrorist attack. Also, lets not forget the people in America who are hungry and dont have homes. There are many problems in our country we need to solve before sending the next group of astronauts to the moon. Finally, there is the energy and oil situation. It is getting tough for people to afford gasoline. The government really needs to fund the research and development of new and cheaper alternatives to oil. For example, we should invest money in biodiesel technology and cleaner, wind and solar power. I am unhappy about where government funding has been going, especially when it comes to the space program. In the past years, the space program has had many problems. The money could be better spent on keeping America safe and finding new energy sources. 12. Ideas: Score Point 4Ideas: Score Point 4 Would you continue to fund something that was basically failing? The American space program has been filled with problems, and we have really important issues to address here on Earth. For this reason, I believe we should redirect the funds. In the past 25 years, the space programs main vehicle for transportation to outer space has been the space shuttle. Now though, I feel it is becoming obsolete. There have been serious failures with the space program. For example, there were the explosions of the Challenger lift off, and more recently with the Columbia re-entry. Both of these disasters cost the lives of the crews on board. The lost shuttles also cost the taxpayers millions. If funding isnt going to the space program, it needs to be going to fund more pressing issues. A fact we can not forget is that America is at war on two fronts. How can we spend money on space when all of our troops dont have adequate supplies? Plus, there is the constant threat of another terrorist attack. We need to bring our troops home and keep America safe from people who want to harm us. Lets not have another September 11, 2001. Finally, there is the energy and oil situation. It is getting tough for people to afford gasoline. The government really needs to fund the research and development of new and cheaper alternatives to oil. For example, we should invest money in biodiesel technology, in addition to wind and solar power. Not only are these sources cheaper, but they are also cleaner. By now, I hope it is plain to see what needs to be done. Dont get me wrong: space is cool, and we benefit from exploring it. Its just that our current program is filled with problems, and we have serious concerns to address here on Earth. Lets get to work! 13. Ideas: Score Point 5Ideas: Score Point 5 The United States government has been funding billions of dollars to the space program for over 25 years, and I believe that that needs to stop. Because of recent failures involving the space program, and more specifically the space shuttle, and also with more pressing domestic and foreign relations issues at hand, I am asking you to redirect funding for space exploration into other programs. In the past 25 years, the space programs main vehicle for transportation to outer space has been the space shuttle. Now though, I feel it is becoming obsolete. There have been two major failures with the explosions of the Challenger lift off, and more recently with the Columbia re- entry. Both of these disasters cost a lot of money, and more importantly, the lives of the crews on board. If there is not an alternative to the shuttle, I dont see how we can continue to safely and successfully reap the benefits of space exploration. If funding isnt going to the space program, it needs to be going to fund more pressing issues. A fact we can not forget is that America is at war on two fronts, in Iraq and with terrorism. Troops in Iraq should not be going without adequate body armor so that astronauts can gaze at moon rocks. Lets not forget about protecting the homeland f