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Cahsee Practice Essay Prompts For The Great

The directions below are representative of what students will encounter on test day.

The essay gives you an opportunity to show how effectively you can read and comprehend a passage and write an essay analyzing the passage. In your essay, you should demonstrate that you have read the passage carefully, present a clear and logical analysis, and use language precisely.

Your essay must be written on the lines provided in your answer booklet; except for the planning page of the answer booklet, you will receive no other paper on which to write. You will have enough space if you write on every line, avoid wide margins, and keep your handwriting to a reasonable size. Remember that people who are not familiar with your handwriting will read what you write. Try to write or print so that what you are writing is legible to those readers.

You have 50 minutes to read the passage and write an essay in response to the prompt provided inside this booklet.

  1. Do not write your essay in this booklet. Only what you write on the lined pages of your answer booklet will be evaluated.
  2. An off-topic essay will not be evaluated.

The student responses provided in the following set illustrate common score combinations earned on the redesigned SAT. Each response has received a separate score for each of the three domains assessed: Reading, Analysis, and Writing. The scores are presented in order by domain directly preceding each sample essay. Scores for the samples provided below were assigned on a 1-4 scale according to the redesigned SAT Essay Scoring Rubric. It is important to note that although these are representative samples of student ability at each score point, the set itself does not exhaustively illustrate the range of skills in Reading, Analysis, and Writing associated with each score point.

Although all of the sample essays were handwritten by students, they are shown typed here for ease of reading. The essays have been typed exactly as each student wrote his or her essay, without corrections to spelling, punctuation, or paragraph breaks.

Practice using sample essay 1.

Practice using sample essay 2.

Learn more about how the essay is scored. 

Presentation on theme: "CAHSEE Essay Practice."— Presentation transcript:

1 CAHSEE Essay Practice

2 Types of Writing Tested
Persuasive / Business LetterLiterary ResponseBiographical (not autobiographical)Analytical

3 Mind Maps as Pre-Writing
1. Create a “Do? What?” ChartDO (directional verbs)What?WRITE (look for this verb first)an essay

4 Mind Map #2 In top left corner write “Audience”
In top right corner, write “Purpose”In center oval, write the topicIn big outer circle, write ideas about the topicFinally, make connections among ideas

5 Mind Map #3: Categorizing
thesisTopic 1 topic topic 3Categorize ideas according to topicFrom the connections, formulate three topic ideasUnder each, list the ideas that match each topic

6 Mind Map #4: Outline Thesis Topic Sentence Topic Sentence Topic

7 Mind Map #5 (cause and effect)
What Happened(you failed a class)Cause 3EffectEffectCause 4

8 Review: Step 1When you first read the Writing Task, underline the verbs that tell you what to do.Then list them in your “Do? What?” chart.

9 Example: Writing Task #1
Throughout your years in school, you have studied many different people. Think about one of these people you have studied during your time at school. What makes this person special enough to study?Write an essay in which you discuss a person you have studied in school. Explain what it is about this person that is special. Use details and examples to support your ideas.

10 Step 2After you have listed the verbs on the “Do? What?” chart, list what you have to do.For example, if you listed “Write,” then you need to follow it with “an essay” because that is what the prompt is asking you to write.DOWhat?WRITEDISCUSSEXPLAINUSESUPPORTan essaya personWhy he/she is specialDetails & examplesYour ideas

11 Step 3Create an organization chart by writing the name of the person in the center of the circle.In the big inner circle, write all the ideas that come to mind when you think of this person.Idea IdeaIdeaName

12 Step 4thesisTopic 1 topic topic 3Create a categorizing chart to organize the ideas that you brainstormed— make sure to list each idea under one main subheading (these will eventually become your topic sentences)

13 Step 5Organize your thesis, topic sentences, and conclusion (call to action, how this idea affects us today, final assessment of the topic, etc….)ThesisTopicSentenceTopicSentenceTopicSentenceConclusion