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Writing Workshop: Historical Turning Point Quiz

After creating an outline for an informative essay, a student should

write the draft.
revise the draft.
write the thesis.
revise the thesis.

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write the draft.
Which best describes the body paragraphs of an informative essay about a turning point?

They familiarize readers with the turning point and set up the ideas that will be presented.
They establish the main point of the essay and tell readers what the writer’s position is.
They tie the essay together and tell readers what they have learned and should remember.
They give clear examples and offer supporting details about the turning point while citing sources.

They give clear examples and offer supporting details about the turning point while citing sources.
Read the revised conclusion of an informative essay.

The invention of the printing press was a turning point in history. In addition to increasing the availability of books and the spread of new ideas, it also led to significant political change and radical changes to the religion of Europe. This forever altered the course of history.

Which best states why the conclusion is effective?

It summarizes key points and restates facts.
It restates facts and uses parenthetical citations.
It summarizes key points and adds new facts.
It restates facts and uses an informal tone.

It summarizes key points and restates facts.
What should the draft of an informative essay include? Check all that apply.

a strong introduction
properly cited sources
an informal style
a biased viewpoint
historical perspective
ineffective transitions

a strong introduction
properly cited sources
historical perspective
Read the revised introduction of an informative essay.

During the Neolithic Revolution, irrigation was introduced, which produced larger crop yields, allowing people to store a surplus of food.

Which best explains why the revision is effective?

It tells the reader what to remember.
It states the writer’s viewpoint.
It includes details and facts.
It grabs a reader’s attention.

It includes details and facts.
Which describes a purpose of a thesis statement?

It identifies what readers should know going forward.
It shows a student’s point of view on a topic.
It supports a student’s point of view on a topic.
It summarizes what readers should take away.

It summarizes what readers should take away.
While revising an essay about a turning point, a student should

include personal “I” statements to make the essay informal.
include a biased point of view to strengthen the thesis.
make sure the turning point is supported with clear evidence.
make sure the turning point explains the course of history.

make sure the turning point is supported with clear evidence.
A thesis statement provides organization for an informative essay by

explaining how a significant event has led to lasting change.
supporting a specific point of view instead of an objective one.
summarizing what readers should take away from the essay.
briefly stating points that will be discussed in body paragraphs.

briefly stating points that will be discussed in body paragraphs.
Read the conclusion to an informative essay.

The invention of the printing press was a turning point in history. In addition to increasing the availability of books and the spread of new ideas, it also led to significant political change and radical changes to the religion of Europe. This forever altered the course of history.

Which phrase best supports the conclusion about the printing press?

“invention of the printing press”
“turning point in history”
“spread of new ideas”
“altered the course of history”

“spread of new ideas”
The graphic organizer explains the structure of an informative essay.

The thesis statement should be included in the

introduction.
first body paragraph.
second body paragraph.
conclusion.

introduction