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Writing on Demand

Best Practices and Strategies for Success

By Anne Ruggles Gere, Leila Christenbury, Kelly Sassi

In Writing on Demand, you'll go through the entire testing process, discovering how to help your students gain the valuable skills they need to succeed on college-entrance and state-mandated examinations-or any test with an essay component.

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Research and experience show that writers need three things: ownership of the form and subject of their writing; feedback from other writers; and time to draft and revise. Yet the harsh and confusing reality of today's college-entrance and state-mandated examinations-or any test with an essay component-is that students, trained in writing workshops, go on the clock to compose a paper on an assigned topic, in a prescribed form, for which they will receive no feedback.

...And their future depends on it.

In Writing on Demand, you'll discover how to help your students gain the valuable skills they need to succeed on the essay portions of the SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement, and other exams and to help them develop as writers. Anne Ruggles Gere, Leila Christenbury, and Kelly Sassi take you through the entire testing process, offering insights on several key strategies for on-demand writing, including how to:

  • quickly decode writing prompts to uncover the goals and expectations of the assignment
  • organize thoughts swiftly and use the allotted time efficiently
  • understand how tests are scored
  • approach the scorers as an audience

Most importantly, they show you how integrate these strategies into a program of best practices instead of mere test prep.

Give your students the opportunity to develop the proficiency and confidence they need to succeed in on-demand writing situations without abandoning the principles behind your writing workshop. Read Writing on Demand and find out how students can not only beat the clock, but write well-even in the most trying conditions for writers.

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Contents

  1. Thinking Backward
  2. Processes of Writing
  3. The Rhetoric of Prompts and Assignments
  4. Making Assessment Visible
  5. Reading for Writing
  6. Contexts: What to Expect When You're Expecting to Write
  7. Writing in Sentences
  8. Scoring Writing
  9. Success with Writing on ACT, SAT, AP, and Essay Exams

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We feel strongly that a book like Writing on Demand should contain many things teachers can pick up and use. To that end, throughout the book you will see material marked with a printer icon, called Online 1.1, 1.2, and so forth. This material is available here, ready for you to download and print (for classroom use only).