If you have been looking for something very concise that will help your students remember the three components and needed to do well in STAAR writing, then this might be the perfect product for you!
The first hand is focused on editing with the specific skills of capitalization, usage, punctuation, spelling, and sentence boundaries (run-ons & fragments).
IMPORTANT: All capitalization, usage, punctuation, and spelling questions are worded, "What change should be made in sentence ___?"
Run-on questions are worded, "What is the correct/best way to write sentence __?"
Questions that have a fragment are worded, "What is the correct/best way to write/rewrite sentences ___ and ___?"
The ARM acronym represent revising in two ways:
The traditional approach is to remind your students to improve the content by remembering to add, remove, and replace, or move words, phrases, transitions, or sentences.
The second ARM is there to specifically help your students who struggle with reading at the paragraph or passage level. Since some of the passages of revising are stories, it might help to teach your kids to act out or visualize every detail in the passage one by one. Being able to chunk the passage by acting out as they read will be a great tool, how does the acronym states, actors remember more!
The other hand makes expository easy to remember since it only uses 2 letters of the alphabet for the process of writing the essay using the palm then the fingers.
The items listed on each area directly correspond with the be sure to section on the prompt page.
1st bullet: Clearly state your central/controlling idea/thesis/position statement
2nd bullet: Organize your writing (reasons and examples)
3rd bullet: Develop your ideas in detail (explain)
4th bullet: Choose your words carefully (explode/engage the reader)
5th bullet: Use correct spelling, capitalization, usage, punctuation & sentences
(ending & ER- Editing/Revising)
Since the two letters needed just happened to be WE, you can tell your students, "We can do it....... By using WE!"
Down by the laces of the shoes is one last reminder to your students to tie everything together using the acronym TIE:
The topic must be addressed
There should be one clearly stated idea.
Explaining needs to be done in the body.