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The GED Language Arts, Writing Test The GED Essay Frances L. Roberson, M.A. ABE/ASE/GED/ESL Teacher Vocational Counselor Grant Writing Specialist California Distance Learning Project 1
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GED Video Partner #10 Passing the GED Writing Test Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together. Vincent van Gogh, Painter Video 10 Focus: how to successfully write the GED Essay You Will Learn From Video 10: That you cannot write on just any topic you choose. That the prompt is the test. That the writing topic is of general interest. That it is important to prepare physically, mentally, and emotionally for the writing test. Words You Need to Know: While viewing the video, put the letter of the meaning by the correct vocabulary word. Answers are on page 19. _____1. prompt a. reasons, examples, details to support the main idea _____2. editing b. opinion you’re going to support; central theme of essay or paragraph _____3. main idea c. checking grammar, mechanics, and sentence structure _____4. revising d. where you evaluate and make changes to what you’ve written _____5. supporting details e. GED Testing Service name for writing topic and instructions Points to Remember: The topic will be of general interest and anyone should be able to answer it using personal knowledge and experience. Your essay will only have to be 250 words or about one handwritten page. Everyone else in the test will have only what you have: a mind and a pen. 2
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Whether one is writing a cover letter for a resume, a note to a child’s teacher, or the GED Essay, the writing is perceived as an extension of the writer’s personality. How the writer makes the main point, stays within the standards of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and is persuasive, all go to effectiveness of the writing and the representation of the writer. The writing is, then, the writer’s “voice.” As in all writing, the GED Essay requires that the writer explain, identify, or develop an idea or opinion using personal experience and knowledge, and including sufficient “proof” or supporting details as to convince the reader of the point to be made. Do you want to identify yourself to an employer as the solution to her staffing problem? explain to the teacher why your child needs to have the day off for a doctor’s appointment? convince the City Council of your opinion that your street needs a stop sign? or persuade the GED Essay readers that you’ve outlined the reasons why older people should not be forced to retire? If so, you must start with the very basics: what is your main point and what can you say about it to persuade the reader. In other words… What’s The Topic? Your chances of getting that job, getting an excused absence from school, or getting a new stop sign on the corner fade if you don’t know what you are really requesting. So: Rule #1: Understand what is being asked.
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