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Writing Assessment
Prewriting for Expository Writing Module (Grades 3–8)

How to use the modules
The modules consist of PowerPoint presentations and Document Folders containing MS Word files to supplement those presentations.

The PowerPoint presentations contain slides (written for the student) with notes below for the teacher. To view both, go to “view notes.” These can also be printed as notes pages by designating “print notes” on the print set up page. It should be noted that bold and italic notes do not show up as such on the screen; they must be printed to register. For instance, in the annotations, there are italicized pieces from the text to support each annotation. However, you will not see the italics (nor bold, underlining, or varied bullets) on screen, only when printed.

The intent is to project the PowerPoint slides for the students. The PowerPoint will reference documents in the Document Folder in the teacher notes as they are needed. Most frequently, these are documents that need to be reproduced so that the students have paper copies in their folders or in hand for the lesson.

System requirements: Zip, PPT, Word

Prewriting for Expository Writing Module (Grades 3–8)

It is important for students to have mastered several prewriting strategies so they can effectively choose the strategy that works best for them as well as for the purpose they are writing. Prewriting is the thinking and planning the writer does before drafting and throughout the writing process, including: considering the topic, audience, and purpose; gathering information; choosing a form; and making a plan for organizing and elaborating ideas.

In this module, four strategies are presented for use in classroom writing and on-demand writing: Alphabetic Taxonomy; List, Group, Label; Planning Elaboration Using Icons; and Clustering

Step 1: Download All Files (ZIP).

Step 2: Open the Module PowerPoint Presentation.


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