Tips for WPP:
  • Log in for WPP - Student ID Number is username and braves is password.
  • Your essay should be at least 500 words.
  • Spell out numbers less than 10, abbreviations, math symbols (percent instead of %).
  • Avoid non-specific words and phrases (things, very)
  • Vary sentence structure
  • Avoid repeatedly using the same words
  • Keep essay in 3rd person
  • Keep verb tense consistent
  • Have a brief introductory and concluding paragraph
  • Keep quotations (and quotation marks) but leave out the citations - WPP doesn't seem to like footnotes or parenthetical references)
  • Pay attention to the marks and suggestions for spelling and grammar.
  • Consider going through some of the tutorials, especially those about sentence structure and support since those tend to be the areas most students struggle in.

Expectations for WPP Based Assignments:
  • After submission of a first draft, plan to revise AT LEAST two additional times
  • Increase your score by at least 2-3 points
  • Score at least a 26 by the final draft
  • Meet with Ms. Given if you are unsure what to do to bring up your score.

Transition Words -

ERB Writing Rubric

Improving Vocabulary -

Strategies for Adding Variety to Sentences

Organization -

Ways to Incorporate Voice

Writing Support Rubric

Strategies to improve writing
Improve Beginnings:
Don't always have to start at the beginning - can add in intro and conclusion later.
Leave the intro and conclusion until you've written the body - after, edit your work and really think about what the best intro and conclusion would be
Keep a journal or idea book where you can incorporate ideas for opening lines;
Consider the main idea and theme of piece and try to create a "hook".
Write first draft, look for opportunities to tie together ideas with introductory transitions, (keep a list of transition words); also think about what sentences are needed to make paragraphs flow. Think about how to write a good conclusion.
Starting with dialogue or in the middle of action; Start with a question; a good, vivid example, consider a circular ending (coming back around to beginning points.

Say the sentences out loud or read them to a friend, focus on one or two grammar rules at a time

Keep a list of transition words in your plan book
Read over my draft, look for place where I change topic and decide if I need a transition
Think about how to transition between ideas - what words or sentences are needed;

Sentence structure
Vary length of sentences;
Look at longer sentences to decide if all the words are necessary;
Put a list with examples of different kinds of sentences in your plan book.
Work to start sentences and put together sentences in different ways.
After the first draft, look for opportunities to change up sentence type; length; voice;
Use lessons from English to better identify comma errors and run-ons.
Write a first draft; Look at current structure and look for opportunities to incorporate active voice, passive voice, complex and compound sentences
Use short direct sentences for emphasis or clarity.
Try to use different types of sentences to vary the sound and feel of writing.
Reread writing and determine where additional description is necessary and then add it in.

Consider writing an outline or organizer first.
Use key words from directions to help with planning and outlining;
Pre-writing organizers; Keep topics within one essay limited to 3; make sure all content about the same topic is in the same place; proof read for flow and clarity.
Make a web or outline before writing. Read over work to ensure everything seems to be in a logical order and that there is enough support for my ideas.
Write your first draft; Review for direct clear sentences. Then make sure you have enough detail and transition to tell the whole story.
Plan structure of writing ahead of time.

Idea generation:
Consider making a list of things you have done, people you know, experiences
Keep a writer's notebook to capture ideas;
Practice elaboration - one idea – list all the variables;
Consider using anecdotes from school or from home to use as potential writing ideas.

On a second reading, identify areas for further explanation or additional support and examples. Use a variety of vocabulary that is specific and well matched to the topic.
Add more support, details, examples; Make sure you have a flow, chronological, cause/effect, main points of an issue
Write a first draft, identify where the holes are, shoot for 2-3 examples for each main point, don't let your examples get too complicated.
supply examples or quotes to support ideas.
Focus on the most important points, make sure all points have support, reread for organization of ideas
I will offer more concrete examples of statements. I will describe my main points with two to three additional details.
Have facts to back up ideas, think about ideas and make sure there are sentences and examples to support them.
Write first draft, look for opportunities to add addition detail, reasoning, and facts to support main ideas. Each idea should have two pieces of support.
I will offer more concrete examples of statements. I will describe my main points with two to three additional details.

Thesaurus, substitute repetitive words, avoid non-specific words
If I find a word I don't know when reading I can look it up later.
Use a thesaurus when writing.
Use vocab work from English
Read through draft to identify opportunities for more precise language.
Use knowledge of different words to increase the level of vocab used in your piece.
Use the words learned in other courses –
Keep a notebook of interesting words
Check for word use as a second step (after writing first draft).
Avoid non-specific words and modifiers - no stuff or thing or overuse of pronouns;
Look at the setting for which you are writing and determine the level of formality to use. Choose words and transitions and sentence structure that conveys the right mood and tone as well as meaning.
Think about the vocabulary, think about the purpose of the piece, Act like not just giving out information - you are telling a story

Look at novels for ideas about voice and description; Consider using specific vocab to convey mood, tone, indirect characterization

Write a first draft; Look for opportunities to add in sensory detail, descriptive and figurative language where appropriate as well as examples and support.
Use specific vocabulary. Keep sentences short. Use good examples. Follow a "recipe" for writing.

Reading an entire section, closing the book or site and then writing from memory; Focus on introductory and concluding sentences.

Overall Development
Know my audience and purpose, Write a first draft, Look to see if I have told the "story" of the info; see what I can add to make the piece have the right tone and effect.