Essay Topics General Knowledge Test

Transcript of General Knowledge Test

Why do I have to do this?
How long do you have to plan, write and revise your essay?
How will I write and submit my essay?
The Rubric
How will I be evaluated?
How do I decode the essay topic?
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General Knowledge Test
The Essay
What do we expect of our educators?
What's the connection?
"The intent of the essay test component is to demonstrate your ability, in the time allotted, to compose and write an original essay that completely addresses the topic in an effective, well-organized manner, with good grammar and spelling."

According to the Florida Department of Education:
50 minutes

Determine the
purpose
of writing to task and audience.
Provide a section that effectively
introduces
the topic.
Formulate a relevant
thesis
or claim.
Organize
ideas and
details
effectively.
Provide adequate, relevant
support
by citing ample textual
evidence
; response may also include
anecdotal experience
for added support.
Use of a variety of
transitional

devices
effectively throughout and within a written text.
Demonstrate proficient use of college-level,
standard written English
(e.g., varied word choice, syntax, language conventions, and semantics).
Provide a
concluding statement
or
section
that follows from, or supports, the argument or information presented.
Use a
variety of sentence patterns
effectively.
Maintain
consistent
point of view.
Apply the conventions of
Standard English
(e.g., avoid inappropriate use of slang, jargon, and clichés).

Your essay will be scored both on substance and on the composition skills demonstrated, including the following elements: ideas, focus, organization, style (diction and sentence structure), and mechanics (capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and usage).
According to the Florida Department of Education:
The personal views you express will not be an issue; however, the skill with which you express those views, the logic of your arguments, and the degree to which you support your position will be very important in the scoring.
Good to know:
Grader 1
Grader 2
4+4=8
Scoring Criteria
or
3+3=6
The 3 essay is
emergent
.
The main idea is stated and may be developed with
generalizations
or
lists
.
Organization may be
ambiguous
.
Focus is
somewhat maintained
.
Vocabulary and sentence structure may be
repetitive
and
ineffective
.
A
variety of errors
in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics sometimes
interferes with communication
.

The 4 essay is
adequate
.
The main idea is stated and adequately
developed
with some
specific details
and
examples
.
Organization is adequately
logical
and
coherent
.
Focus is
adequately

maintained
.
Vocabulary and sentence structure are somewhat
varied
and
effective
.
Errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics may be present, but
do not interfere with communication
.

The Subject
Figure out
Online schooling
has expanded to include even the primary and secondary level while some still believe that it cannot provide everything that traditional instruction can.
Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of online schooling.
Your Purpose
Online schooling has expanded to include even the primary and secondary level, while some still believe that it cannot provide everything that traditional instruction can.
Analyze
the
advantages
and
disadvantages
of online schooling.
Have any tips or tricks?
General statement about the topic
1. Write an Introductory Paragraph
The internet has changed everything about the world we live in today, even education. Assuming that some or all of our children’s education will take place online, it’s important to consider the pros and cons.
For Example
2. Organize your Ideas
An essay needs at least
two
legs to stand on.
Pros (1) and cons (2)

1+2+1=
4
Total Paragaphs (comparing positives and negatives)
How online education might be used in an elementary school (1), a middle school (2) and a high school (3)

1+3+1=
5
Total Paragraphs (paragraphs organized by school levels)
The number of body paragraphs you have will depend on the number of supporting claims you plan to make.
For Example
Or
Make sure the concepts or ideas you choose to compare are
apples
to
apples
.
3. Write the Body Paragraphs
Begin with a statement that expresses one of your supporting claims.
Be specific.
Use varied ways of talking about an idea.
Avoid repeating key words over and over again.

Online Learning
For Example:


Online Education has many important advantages.
Use Anecdotes
Having my classroom available 24/7 was definitely a plus for me when I took online courses at Daytona State College. During the Fall 2014 Semester, my oldest son Jack had to have his tonsils removed, but because I was taking online classes, I was able to take care of him and get my course work done. I only wish Jack's middle school classes were online. Then he might not have gotten so behind.
End your paragraphs with a concluding statement.
Online education can be beneficial for all types of learners.
4. Write a Concluding Paragraph
Don’t just repeat your thesis.
Reiterate a main point.

For Example:
Online education is cost effective and flexible.

Consider future implications.

For Example:
Just like the internet itself, online education is here to stay. I look forward to being part of the conversation wherever my classroom ends up being.
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And Organizational Strategy
Online education has many important advantages. For one thing, it allows for flexibility. Because the learning environment is available 24/7, students can access their course material when it's convenient for them. This was definitely a plus for me when I took online courses at Daytona State College. During the Fall 2014 semester, my oldest son Jack had to have his tonsils removed, but because I was taking online classes, I was able to take care of him and get my course work done. I only wish Jack's middle school classes were online. Then he might not have gotten so behind. In addition to being flexible, online courses are a great way to get students more accustomed to new technology, including multi-modal learning. The technology available in online courses can also be adapted for students with different learning styles as well as students with disabilities. Videos can be easily close captioned using inexpensive software while other programs read content aloud for students. Online education can be beneficial for all types of learners.
Example Body Paragraph
Main Idea
Support for your Claims
Flexibility
Learning Styles
Accomodations
Multimedia
Interactive
Familiar
Software
Support for your Claims
Concluding a Paragraph
For Example:
The Academic Support Center and Writing Center are set up to help you prepare for all parts of the GKT.
What do you have time to do?
What should you skip?
Did you:
A more specific statement
Your claim about the topic (your thesis)
Read your complete essay to yourself at least once.
5. Revise
Make corrections as you go.
You do not have time to rewrite your entire essay.
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Full transcript

The GKT essay is easy once you understand this writing formula and, of course, practice. You will be given two prompts to choose from. Pick the one that you can write to the easiest. Use the following technique.

1. Take a position. 

It is easier to write when you pick on position over another. Yes, most of us are in the middle on many issues. But when writing and essay for time, you are better off to pick one side or the other.

2. Map a plan.

Use the dry erase board the test center provides to map your essay. This will help you stay organized and concise. Don't spend a ton of time on mapping; just get something down you can follow as you type the essay.

3. Keep it organized.

Organization is KEY when trying to gain points on the essay. Readers—the people grading your essay—do not want to go around the world to figure out what you’re talking about. This is how your GKT essay should be organized:

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