Region 9 English Language Arts

Words Matter

The Power of Words

"My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel--it is, before all, to make you see"-- Joseph Conrad

STAAR Information

STAAR RELEASED TEST QUESTIONS

STAAR STATEWIDE ITEM ANALYSIS REPORTS

STAAR STATEWIDE SUMMARY REPORTS

THE PURDUE WRITING LAB--QUOTING OTHERS

Tips and Tricks

Integrating Quotes

When including quotes in your writing, it is best to try to integrate the quotation into a sentence of your own. Don't just say, "The author says," and quote the author.


Bad example: Smith says, "I didn't want be near the perilous sea that dreadful day" (232).


Good: Smith states that he wanted to avoid "the perilous sea that dreadful day" (233).

Show, Don't Tell

Vivid Verbs! Game Changers!

Marker Verbs for Essays of Analysis

Communicates

Appeals

Evokes

Connects

Introduces

Provides

Reveals

States

Suggests

Contains

Comprises

Includes

Acknowledges

Demonstrates

Illustrates

Reinforces

Compares/Contrasts

Describes

Conveys

Connotes

Denotes

Personifies

Shows

Argues

Asserts

Qualifies

Establishes

Maintains

Resources

TexQuest is awesome! Use it!

Your librarian will have your school's login information.
WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE? - Best Motivational Video for Students & Success in Life

Ginger Spiller

English Language Arts Reading Specialist

Region 9 ESC