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7th Grade Writing STAAR Review, Week 1

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expository
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intended to explain or describe something
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persuasive
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intended to convince or persuade often through emotional appeals
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argumentative
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intended to state an opinion on a subject and to support that with strong logic and evidence
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essay
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a short piece of writing on a particular subject, usually expressing the opinion of the author
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introduction
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first paragraph in an essay; should get the reader’s attention with a hook relevant to the topic of the essay; should end with a thesis statement
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body paragraph
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paragraph between the intro and the closing that provides information and/or clarification of the topic identified in the thesis; should explain or prove how the thesis is true by providing examples, details, and explanations that support your main reasons why your thesis is true
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hook
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A sentence (or group of sentences) that get the attention of the reader; it has to be related to your thesis; begins the essay.
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thesis
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a sentence at the end of the introduction that clearly states the main focus of the essay; usually the last sentence of the intro paragraph; should be the writer’s opinion about a topic stated as a fact to be proven in the body of the essay
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topic sentence
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first sentence of a body paragraph that gives the reader a basic idea of the topic to be discussed in that paragraph; should be a reason why the thesis is true; should be followed by clear examples, details, and explanations
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main idea
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important information that tells more about the overall idea of a paragraph or section of a text
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conclusion
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final paragraph of an essay; the close of the essay
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paragraph
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a group of sentences that explain a single idea; should start with a topic sentence and include clear examples, details, and/or explanations
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expository essay
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presents information, discusses ideas, or explains a process
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personal narrative
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tells a true story about the author; usually focuses on one very brief but very important moment in the author’s life
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persuasive essay
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tries to convince the reader to do something or to accept a particular conclusion
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transitions
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words and phrases that provide a connection between ideas, sentences and paragraphs; they help to make a piece of writing flow better; they can turn disconnected pieces of ideas into a unified whole and prevent a reader from getting lost in the reading
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organization
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the structure of an essay; it should progress logically from beginning through middle to end
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sentence fluency
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the rhythm and flow of your writing, the sound of word patterns, the way in which the writing plays to the ear—not just to the eye
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ideas
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the heart of the message, the content of the piece, the main theme, together with the details that enrich and develop the theme