From April 16th until May 4th, we will be doing state testing (see the exact dates for each test here). These tests will be 15% of your final grade, so to help you do your absolute best, we'll be brining you various pieces of advice from teachers over the coming days.
Here is today's advice: "Tomorrow is the first English test. Each English test has at least one subpart which focuses on writing an essay. Here's what you need to know about those essays.
--They are scored as drafts. Don't make them impossible to read, but don't stress about a few misspelled words and missed punctuation. As long as the grader can tell what you're saying, the focus is on the content, so make your content good.
--Take a moment to consider what you want to say before you start. Think of 2-3 points you can make, feel free to hit enter a few times so you can even put bullet points of the things to cover below where you'll actually write the essay, then go back to the top and begin. Make sure you hit each point in depth. You don't want to spend the entire time planning and no time writing, but a well organized essay makes your content shine more and keeps you from forgetting what you wanted to say when you're under the stress of writing.
--These essays are typed, meaning you can always scroll back up and add more to a previous paragraph if you think of something new. Similarly, there's nothing to stop you from going back and changing your thesis sentence if you want to improve it or change your mind.
--If you finish early, take a breath. If you have time, you can take a 2-3 min nap, and then look at revising your work. At this point, you can correct grammar and spelling if you see it, but your primary focus is making sure your points make sense, are well supported, you're citing evidence, and adding anything new that comes to mind."