Exemplar Digital Portfolios


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FSA Writing Review

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Please see below for all of the resources we used during our FSA Writing Review.

Writing Test: Feb. 29- Mar. 4 (Next week!)


Step by Step Guide to Writing an Essay


Assignments/ Lectures Completed During Week 25:

Outline of an Argumentative Essay

  • With your group members, create a detailed outline of an argumentative essay.

  • Your bullet points under each section should be in order.

    • i.e.- Introduction

      • Hook

      • Background Information

      • Thesis (Claim)

  • Share out and discuss.

Review argumentative essays.

Writing Gallery Walk

Ethos, Pathos, Logos

Timed Writing Practice (Monday, Feb. 22 & Tuesday, Feb. 23)

  • Prompt: Television

  • Time Limit: 120 minutes

  • Essay will be typed! Bring your tablets/ personal devices.

  •  Save your word document and email it to Ms. Ellis at msdrellis@gmail.com.

  •  Your essay must be emailed by the end of the class period.

Outline of Argumentative Essay

Dissecting the prompt 

  • Highlight the key words in the prompt.

  • Write the prompt in your own words on your planning sheet.

  • Determine the type of essay you should write based on the prompt directions.

  • Write the type of prompt largely on your planning sheet and circle it.

    • This will help you stay focused.

  • Start reading the sources/ taking minimal notes.

Creating Thesis Statements


Troubleshooting During theTest

  • If you are running out of time, close up your body paragraph with a closing sentence and write a quick conclusion.

  • If you only have time to write about two of your reasons and you originally put three in your thesis, delete your third reason from the thesis.

  • Remove personal pronouns by using words like “society” or “communities.”

    • i.e.- NO

      • Technology has a detrimental effect on us.

    • i.e.- YES

      • Technology has a detrimental effect on society.

Kahoot Review Game

  • FSA Kahoot Review Game

  • You won’t be able to play the game at home, but you should be able to see the questions.


11th Grade Timed Practice Essay Exam


Writing Prompt:

Should the United States maintain its embargo against Cuba? Provide evidence from the sources below to support your claim. You must cite all evidence correctly.

Time Limit: 120 minutes

Directions: Type your essay in microsoft word. Save your essay to your Google Drive prior to sending it to Ms. Ellis. Be sure to proofread your essay before submitting the final copy.

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Click on the screen shot above and you will be taken to the page with all of your sources. You may use the following sources in your essay:

  1. The “Did You Know?” section

  2. The “Pro-Con Arguments” section

  3. The “Background” section

  4. The “Video Gallery” section

All of the above sources are located in the middle of the page you will be redirected to once you click on the screen shot above.



Good luck and remember to plan using the sheet of paper I have provided.




imgres.jpgSubmit your essay to Ms. Ellis by emailing it to the following address:  msdrellis@gmail.com.