JPPSS 07-08 English I Writing Interval Assessment
Directions: Read the topic in the box below and write a well-organized composition of at least
150-200 words. Be sure to follow the suggestions listed under the box.
Use loose-leaf for notes, brainstorming, and/or writing an outline, if you wish.
Make sure your composition has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Be sure to include enough specific details and descriptive attributes in your
narrative so that your reader will understand and be able to visualize what
Use the Writer’s Checklist below to help you check your writing for errors.
Write on the assigned topic.
Present a clear main idea.
Give enough details to support and
elaborate your main idea.
Present your ideas in a logical order.
Write with your audience (the person or
group identified by the topic) in mind.
Use vocabulary (words) that expresses
your meaning well.
Use sentences that make your main idea
interesting to your audience.
Write in complete sentences and use a
variety of sentence patterns.
Write using appropriate subject-verb
agreement, verb tenses, word meaning,
and word endings.
Write using correct punctuation.
Write using correct capitalization.
Write using appropriate formatting (e.g.,
Write using correct spelling.
Remember to print or write neatly.
On this session of the test only, you may use a dictionary and thesaurus.
Parties take a great deal of planning. If you could host one party celebrating any event or
holiday at your home this year, what would it be and why?
Before you begin to write, think about the type of party you would like to hold. What will it
celebrate? Why is it a good choice? How will you decide whom to invite? What decorations,
food, or other preparations will you have to m