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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 8 Persuasive Essays
You are working on an argumentative essay about the Holocaust. You have sources that contain logos and ethos, but you need some that have pathos. What type of source could contain pathos?
  1. An article that lists details about Nazi Germany
  2. A diary that reveals the struggles of a young girl and her family
  3. An article released from a museum that explains how a gas chamber works
  4. A research paper from a college student that discusses how Hitler rose to power
Grade 8 Conducting Research
Johnathan is doing research for a health and wellness project. He notices that it is difficult to find some credible sources on his topic. He finally comes across the perfect source, but it has not been updated since 1999. Should he still use it?
  1. Yes, because there are not many sources out there.
  2. Yes, because teachers do not check students sources anyway.
  3. No, because the year 1999 was not a credible year for research.
  4. No, because the source is not current and could contain outdated information.
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 6 The Writing Process
Which thesis statement is stronger?
  1. Pollution has decreased significantly over the last ten years.
  2. 25% of the federal budget should be spent on reducing pollution.
Grade 8 Conducting Research
Which of the following sources is most likely to contain logos?
  1. A survey on how many kids like fidget spinners
  2. An article that shows the correlation of fidget spinners and student success
  3. A firsthand account from a teacher that explains how fidget spinners are distractions
  4. A firsthand account from a student with ADHD that explains how fidget spinners help him
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