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Grade 12 Writing Essays
When is a paragraph considered unified?
  1. when each sentence has at least some common thread to the one next to it
  2. when each sentence relates directly to the main idea of the paragraph
  3. when all sentences are grammatically correct
  4. when each sentence says essential the same thing, but rephrased in different ways to address the needs of a diverse audience
Grade 4 Narrative Essays CCSS: CCRA.L.3
Which sentence helps readers form a detailed picture in their minds?
  1. The great baking smell in the house made us get to the kitchen really quickly.
  2. The delicious smell of baking cookies brought us racing eagerly to the kitchen.
  3. The wonderful smell of something baking in the oven brought us together fast.
  4. The smell of stuff that was cooking in the kitchen called all of us there very fast.
Grade 8 Persuasive Essays
Sarah and Lizbeth are doing research projects on how texting while driving affects the brain. They come across a blog that explains, in detail, how a six year old was killed because of a teen who was texting and driving. Is this source appropriate for their project.
  1. Yes, because the blog is about texting and driving.
  2. Yes because the blog explains the event in detail.
  3. No because the blog does not give any information on the effects that texting while driving has on the brain.
  4. No because a six year old's brain isn't fully developed yet so the evidence would be invalid.
Grade 12 Writing Essays
A well developed paragraph will always contain:
  1. a high-level diction
  2. necessary support
  3. sufficient transitions
  4. impeccable grammar
Grade 3 Persuasive Essays
Frank is writing a paragraph telling why dogs are great pets. He would want to include all of the following details in his paragraph, EXCEPT
  1. dogs are friendly.
  2. cats eat less than dogs.
  3. dogs are fun to play with.
  4. dogs are very loyal.
Grade 12 Journalism
What does it mean to be objective in a news story?
  1. Write with a clear purpose
  2. Present all sides and avoid expressing your own opinion
  3. Finish the story before it gets boring
  4. Use as many quotes from sources as possible
College Conducting Research
What is the difference in format between long quotes and short quotes in essays?
  1. Long quotes are set up without quotation marks, but with the text distinguished from the rest of the essay by an indentation for every line of the quote.
  2. Long quotes are not appropriate to use in an academic paper because using more than 3 lines of someone else’s work can be viewed as plagiarism.
  3. Short quotes should use quotation marks (“ “), while long quotes should be italicized.
  4. None. Short and long quotes are formatted identically in essays.
Grade 12 Writing Essays
When writing for people that have cultural backgrounds that differ from your own:
  1. Keep sentences short
  2. Write in passive voice
  3. Avoid jargon
  4. Be careful with graphics
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