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Writing on Demand
Anne Ruggles Gere
Teachers will learn strategies for following what they know to be best practices in teaching writing while still helping students prepare for writing tests. These strategies, designed to address specific features of writing on demand, can be incorporated into an existing curriculum. They adhere to the principle that test preparation and good writing instruction are not incompatible.
- Read backward from a piece of finished writing to the prompt that produced it
- Learn how processes of writing are adaptable to the testing environment
- Use rhetorical analysis to understand prompts and assignments
- Make assessment—including rubrics from writing tests—visible in the composition classroom
- Deal effectively with time constraints when writing
- Foster sentence-level attention to writing
- Practice scoring writing to understand rubrics more fully
- Analyze the contexts of writing tests