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Our agendaGeneral writing tips & resourcesCBEST tipsFollow the writing ProcessPrewriting-Brainstorming, Listing, Clustering, FreewriteDrafting-actually writing your paperRevision/Proofreading-looking for higher order and lower order concernsProfessors rubricShow you how much emphasis your instructor places onUse of sourcesGrammar and mechanicsFormattingDevelopmentReasoningResponse to the taskWhat is you professor asking?What is the prompt asking?Did you address that in your thesis statement?Strategies on your ownRelax-create a comfortable environmentTake time away from your draftProofread- read from beginning to end, read for one error at a time, read for each of the items on the rubric or something that you struggle withWriting resourcesSee a writing tutor at the Writing Resource CenterAdmin East 105, 654-6411, wrc@csub.edu, or www.csub.edu/wrcUtilize office hoursThrough the My Writing Lab program, you can submit up to four papers to an online tutor with a Masters or Ph.D in a subject area and receive a response within 48 hours. For more info, visit the My Writing Lab Plus Headquarters in Classroom Building 100.Tips to tackle the Cbest writing portionAdapted from EspainThe testThe test is four hours. There are three components: 50 Math Questions, 50 Reading Comprehension Questions, and 2 Essay QuestionsThere are methods to prepare for the reading and math.Online tests, free math reviews online.

Before the testGet a good nights rest.Wake up early the day of the test.Eat a good breakfast.Drink coffee, juice, whatever gets you going. (NO REDBULL)REMAIN POSITIVE.

Take a stance for or against.Use concrete evidence and/or details.Try to avoid using personal examples.Speak in the 3rd person. (Avoid I, you, me, my, etc.)Mostly personal.Remembered experience.Reflection or expression of a memory or experience1st person is acceptable.Sensory details: Dont tell WHAT happened. Tell HOW!!The two types of promptsArgumentative/AnalysisReflective/ExpressiveRemember to devote at least 30-45 minutes for EACH essay.Read and Reread the Prompt.Underline key words.Brainstorm.

Planning the essayMake an outline.Develop your ideas with evidence.Create your Thesis Statement.Create your Topic Sentences.

A crash courseWhat is a Thesis Statement?A thesis statement clearly states your position and provides a broad idea of why you hold that position.For Example: Global warming is bad. Is this a good thesis statement?No. Heres a better one: Global Warming should be further investigated because greenhouse emissions and an increasing carbon footprint will cause further irreversible damage to the planet.

A crash courseWhat is a Topic Sentence?A topic sentence expresses the main idea of the paragraph in which it occurs and refers back to the thesis statement. For example: 1. Global warming was not entirely caused by humans.2. With the invention of the automobile, emissions have increased exponentially in recent decades.

Common MistakesFragments: Working late into the night to finish the project. *A fragment is missing a subject, a verb, or a complete thought.Run-ons: I went to the store I forgot my wallet.Subject-Verb Agreement: The members of the team is around my age.Pronoun-antecedent agreement: If a person drives a big truck, they should be required to have a special license. Junk wordsItThingStuffNowadaysDue to the fact thatIn todays societySays

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Very good

Basically, Obviously

If you use these in conversation, avoid using them in your essayClichs: Avoid them like the plague In the long runDown the roadNip it in the budAt the end of my ropeAll that and a bag of chipsBetween a rock and a hard placeKnock it out of the park

Chip off the old block

Twist of fateTry to stick to your outline.Remember your thesis. Stay on topic.Keep an eye on the clock. Elevate your vocabularyAvoid clichs and ambiguous termsWriting the EssayStay Calm.Dont StressBREATHE.Stressing is counter-productive, and it can cloud your thinking. Finishing the essayJust because youve finished the essay doesnt mean its done.Use whatever time you have to read, revise, and edit. Check for clarity. Does it make sense?

CBEST RUBRICI. Rhetorical Force: the clarity with which the central idea or point of view is stated and maintained; the coherence of the discussion and the quality of the writer's reasoning II. Organization: the clarity of the writing and the logical sequence of the writer's ideas

MORE criteriaIII. Support and Development: the relevance, depth, and specificity of supporting information IV. Usage: the extent to which the writing shows care and precision in word choice V. Structure and Conventions: the extent to which the writing is free of errors in syntax, paragraph structure, sentence structure, and mechanics (e.g., spelling, punctuation, and capitalization) VI. Appropriateness: the extent to which the writer addresses the topic and uses language and style appropriate to the given audience and purpose

Oscar Wilde once wrote, We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities. In an essay to be read by an audience of educated adults, state whether you agree or disagree with Wildes observation. Support your position with logical arguments and specific examples.In teaching and in life, people sometimes face difficult situations about whether to intervene in a conflict between people, such as students or other teachers. Concerns about how one will be perceived, fear of personal danger, or whether it is better to let the parties resolve the conflict themselves can make the decision about whether to intervene a challenging one. In an essay to be read by an audience of educated adults, describe a situation in which you faced such a decision about whether to intervene, and explain how you handled the situation.

Sample Prompt #1Topic 1Topic 2Television has changed the world and how we view it. With just the point and click of a button, the viewing possibilities are endless. There are literally hundreds of channels to choose from. Cartoons, sitcoms, news, cooking shows, and music videos fill the airwaves. With so many viewing options, determining what we should be watching has become a great concern, especially when it comes to children. It is no wonder that cable and satellite providers have built in parental controls. Therefore, should parents be responsible for what content may be too offensive for their children, or should content providers be more accountable of what their programming contains? In an essay to be read by an audience of educated adults, state whether you agree or disagree with parental controls, and support your position with logical arguments and specific examples.Recall an instance when someone did something unexpectedly nice for you that he or she did not have to do. In an essay to be read by an audience of educated adults, describe a situation in which someones thoughtfulness surprised you and how the act made you feel. Sample prompt #2Topic 1Topic 2Though parents are ultimately responsible for what their children watch, they cannot always be present; therefore, the flexibility of technological controls combined with parental responsibility provides the optimal measure of control over what children watch.

Here, Im arguing a mix of both sides.You dont necessarily have to believe your position, you just have to argue a position.THESIS: Topic OneParents cant realistically control everything their children watch, so cable providers should allow parents control over T.V.When parents are present to watch T.V. with their children, they can make decision about what their children watch and model appropriate T.V. watching.POINT ONEPOINT TWOOnline Resourceshttp://www.teacherstestprep.com/http://www.testprepreview.com/cbest_practice.htm

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