On the NJASK 6th -8th graders may be given an Explanatory Essay about a quote. You will have to read a famous quote or adage and explain what it means. You will have 30 minutes. Below is the QUIET formula which will help you organize your ideas and support your explanation.
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QU-1st paragraph- Explain what the QUOTE means to you. Introduce all the ideas of the essay.
I– 2nd paragraph- Give an example about how the quote is true for you as anINDIVIDUAL.
E– 3rd paragraph- Give an example about how the quote is true for EVERYONE.
T– 4th paragraph- Retell what the whole essay was about. Explain what can be TAUGHT from this quote.
(indent—–>) This quote means _______________________________ (explain what you think this quote means to you). Another way to say this quote is ________________________________________ (put the quote in your own words). I will prove how this quote is true not only for myself but everyone. Finally, I will conclude with what we can be taught by this quote.
(indent—–>) An example that demonstrates this quote is true for me is _____________________________. (Add two or three Concrete Details (CD’s) that tell a story that happened in YOUR life, or make one up, that proves the quote is true). This confirms that the quote is true because ________________________.
(indent—–>) Not only is this quote true for me, but it’s also true for everyone. An example that establishes this quote is true for everyone is ____________________________________.(Add two or three Concrete Details (CD’s) that tell a famous story, or make one up, that proves the quote is true for EVERYONE). This confirms that the quote is true because ________________________.
(indent—–>) In conclusion, it’s obvious this quote is universal. We have seen two examples that prove this quote is true. A lesson we should all take away from it is ___________________________________________________.
Note: I did not make up the QUIET formula nor the terms used in the Jane Schaffer writing method, but have modified them to fit the needs of NJASK test takers.
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An essay is a short non-fiction literary work written about a certain subject. One type of essay, an expository essay, gives information to the reader that is not clouded by the writer’s opinions. It may compare, discuss, analyze, or tell a story. The main focus is to explain the facts.
Basics for a Great Essay
- The wording needs to concise and clear.
- Write the essay in the second person perspective (you).
- Decide on your method of development: define, compare and contrast, analyze, cause and effect, or classify. This will define your writing style and is one of the most important tips on writing an excellent expository essay.
- Write a thesis statement and have topic sentences for each paragraph.
- A successful essay will have the important points emphasized, will be factual and not subjective, and have valid information.
- Conclusions can restate the argument, summarize your facts, or give the next step needed to further the research.
- Keep your writing concise and brief.
- Each paragraph should cover one topic and each sentence should present a new idea.
- Use transitory words and sentences to make your essay flow smoothly. Connect sentences with words like: however, for example, or such as. Connect paragraphs by having the topic sentence refer back to the preceding paragraph or the thesis statement.