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Writing Tips to Help with On-Demand Writing

On-Demand Writing...so what is it?

     On Demand writing is a state tested area for 5th grade.  Fifth graders are asked to write a letter or article.  In these two forms,students are asked to narrate, inform, or offer an opinion.  Performance level scores are Novice,  Apprentice,  Proficient, and Distinguished.  The prompts consist of a situation ( background information) and a writing task (tells the students whether to write an article or letter, and who to write it to).  Students will be given 2 different prompts to choose from.  On Demand writing demonstrates the students knowledge of writing about such familiar topics as class rules, friendship, field trips, favorite people, school issues, safety issues, contests and etc..   
All letters and and articles will have 5 paragraphs: Introduction, Body 1, Body 2, Body 3, and a conclusion.   Below are some helpful tips when developing and On Demand piece.


  1. 1

    Decide on an essay topic. Your teacher may provide an essay topic to explore or you may be able to come up with an idea of your own. Either way, you can decide from what angle you want to approach the topic. Keep the topic focused and narrow. The essay's information should fit easily within the length of the essay assigned by your teacher. Write down various ideas that occur to you as you prepare to write the essay. You can use a graphic organizer such as a cluster map of your thoughts or brainstorming to help you organize your ideas.

  2. 2
    The thesis keeps the writing focused.
    The thesis keeps the writing focused.

    Write a thesis statement. The thesis statement is the main idea of the essay and it expresses what you want to tell the reader in one or two sentences.

  3. 3
    Research the topic.
    Research the topic.

    Research the topic. Keep research within the bounds of the essay's topic so you don't waste time searching for and reading unnecessary material. Take notes of what is important and supports the thesis statement. Also keep track of where each piece of information is found so you can easily cite your sources if the teacher requires it.

  4. 4
    Decide how the essay will be structured and its contents.
    Decide how the essay will be structured and its contents.

    Plan the essay. Write an outline that lists each section of the essay, including an introduction, middle and a conclusion. Paragraphs that support the thesis will be in the middle of the essay.

  5. 5
    Write the first draft.
    Write the first draft.

    Write a first draft of the essay. The introduction should catch the readers' attention and contain the thesis statement. The middle will contain the information you found and your ideas about it. The conclusion should summarize your main points and tell readers why the topic is important. For example, if you're writing about the history of the Sputnik satellite launch in 1957, you could state in the conclusion that Sputnik helped to begin the space race between the former Soviet Union and the United States and it helped pave the way for the building of the International Space Station that is shared between the two countries today.

  6. 6
    Look over the draft and write a final version of the essay.
    Look over the draft and write a final version of the essay.

    Look over your essay and make sure there are no grammatical or spelling mistakes. Also pay close attention to how the essay is structured. Each paragraph should contain sentences that express the main idea of the paragraph. The paragraphs in the body should be arranged in a logical order, such as from least to most important or in a step-by-step order if you're writing a how-to essay. Make any changes you think are needed to make your essay clearer and then write out your final version when you are satisfied with it.




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