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Writing Task 1
Here are some reminders for when you are completing this Writing Task:
  • Using the situation given below as a guide, write a story in your own words
  • You may take notes, create a web, or do other prewriting work. Then, write your story on a sheet of paper
  • After you complete your composition, read whatever you have written. Make sure that your writing is the best it can be
  • After writing your answer click on the appropriate radio button

Writing Situation: The park in your area has only one tennis court. It is always crowded and one has to wait at least two hours before getting a chance to play.

Writing Task: Write a persuasive letter to your mayor requesting more tennis courts in your area. In your letter, be sure to describe the situation and explain the reasons why you need more tennis courts.

Standard: RL.6.2
Domain: Reading Literature
Theme: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

"Huckleberry Finn" by Keith Neilson in which he discusses Huckleberry Finn’s dilemma over turning in a runaway slave that he believes to be the legal property of his owners:

Given opportunities to turn Jim in, Huck finds that he cannot; his feelings toward Jim have become too strong. Huck begins to experience emotions that he has never had before – personal concern, loyalty, guilt, and fear. He is soon forced to accept Jim, not as a slave, but as a human being, and once he does that, all the contradictions of his moral situation become evident to the reader, if not immediately to Huck. He is forced to consciously choose between loyalty to his society’s morality and his friend’s freedom. That moment of choice is one of the great moments in American literature.


"Huckleberry Finn," by Mark Twain, in which Huckleberry Finn confronts his dilemma over turning in the runaway slave, Jim:

I got to thinking over our trip down the river, but somehow I couldn’t seem to strike no places to harden me against him, but only the other kind. At last I struck the time I saved him by telling the men we had smallpox aboard, and he was so grateful and said I was the best friend old Jim ever had in the world…I was a-trembling because I’d got to decide forever between two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, then says to myself, “All right, then. I’ll never turn him in. I’ll go to hell.”

Contrast the two writers’ points of view above in presenting the same situation.

Standard: RL.6.9
Domain: Reading Literature
Theme: Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Use your own words to make up an introductory sentence for the following passage.
The leaves are changing color. The air feels crisp and fresh. School is starting, and people are buying new clothes and supplies. There is a feeling of fresh starts and new beginnings.
Standard: W.6.1.A
Domain: Writing
Theme: Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.
Use your own words to make up an introductory sentence for the following passage.
We were behind for the entire first quarter, and in the second quarter, things just got worse. We were playing badly, intimidated by their skill and confidence. Every time they made a basket, we got more and more sad and depressed. It was starting to look like we had no chance at the championship, when suddenly it all started to turn around.
Standard: W.6.1.A
Domain: Writing
Theme: Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.

Read the argument, or claim, and provide at least three details that will support that argument.

I believe my friend Pedro will be the best class president this school has ever seen.

a. ____________________________

b. ____________________________

c. ____________________________

Standard: W.6.2
Domain: Writing
Theme: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

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