Prepping for ELA 9 Achievement Test?

Part A of the Alberta ELA 9 Achievement test is itself in 2 parts:

  1. Narrative/Essay
  2. Business Letter

Suggestions for Preparing to Write the Narrative/Essay:

Assessment of the Narrative / Essay Writing
Assignment on the achievement test will be in the context of Louise Rosenblatt’s suggestion that “the evaluation of the answers would be in terms of the amount of evidence that the youngster has actually read something and thought about it, not a question of whether, necessarily, he has thought about it the way an adult would, or given an adult’s ‘correct’ answer.”
Rosenblatt, Louise. “The Reader’s Contribution in the Literary Experience: Interview with Louise Rosenblatt.” By Lionel Wilson. English Quarterly 14, no. 1 (Spring, 1981): 3–12.

Consider also Grant P. Wiggins’ suggestion to assess students’ writing “with the tact of Socrates: tact to respect the student’s ideas enough to enter them fully—even more fully than the thinker sometimes—and thus the tact to accept apt but unanticipatable or unique responses.”
Wiggins, Grant. P. Assessing Student Performance:
Exploring the Purpose and Limits of Testing. San
Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1993, p. 40.

Example Assignment for Writing a Narrative or Essay

Example Student Response for Writing a Narrative or Essay


Suggestions for Preparing for Writing the Business Letter:
Wikipedia on business letter

Business Letter tips from OWL and more tips from OWL

Sample business letters from OWL

Canada Post Addressing Guide

Format of a Business Letter

Envelope of a Business Letter

Example Assignment of a Business Letter

Example Student Response to Business Letter Assignment

Alberta Education links to Samples of Student Writing

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