Assess Essay Yemplate

GMAT AWA Essay Template

The following AWA essay template (view as PDF or text), when accompanied by proper grammar, good diction, and solid argument analysis, has produced many 6.0 AWA scores.

Template - Analysis of an Argument

Please see the sample essay in order to better understand how to apply this template.

Paragraph 1 - Introduction

Dissection of argument (i.e., name the parts of the argument: premises, conclusions, assumptions)

Thesis statement: the argument that ... is flawed because (paragraph 2 overview) and (paragraph 3 overview)

Paragraph 2 - First Point (i.e., First Reason Argument is Flawed)

Transition Phrase: First,

Statement of Point

Example

Relate the Example

Paragraph 3 - Second Point (i.e., Second Reason Argument is Flawed)

Transition Phrase: Second,

Statement of Point

Example

Relate the Example

Paragraph 4 - How to Fix Argument

Transition Phrase: Moreover,

How to Fix Argument

Paragraph 5 - Conclusion

Transition Phrase: In conclusion,

Recap of Thesis Statement

Summary of Outline

Template - Analysis of an Issue

Please see the sample essay in order to better understand how to apply this template.

Paragraph 1 - Introduction

Acknowledge the complexity of the issue

Thesis statement: I agree/disagree with the statement that ... because (paragraph 2 overview) and (paragraph 3 overview)

Paragraph 2 - First Point

Transition Phrase: First,

Statement of Point

Example

Relate the Example

Paragraph 3 - Second Point

Transition Phrase: Second,

Statement of Point

Example

Relate the Example

Paragraph 4 - Rejection of Counter-Point

Transition Phrase/Statement of Counter Point: On the other hand, some may argue that...

Rebuttal of Counter Point

Example Supporting Rebuttal

Relate the Example

Paragraph 5 - Conclusion

Transition Phrase: In conclusion,

Recap of Thesis Statement

Summary of Outline

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Students are an intrinsic part of the information sharing process. They can reflect on their learning and be involved in a number of ways.

Student-led conferences

Student-led conferences are an increasingly common way for schools to carry out some of their information sharing with parents. They give students an opportunity to share with their growth as a learner with their parents. Find out more about student-led conferences below:

Student reflection in written reports

Students can reflect on their learning as part of the school’s written reporting process. Students could write a letter to their parents or complete a template to insert into the report.

The letter or template could include some reflection stems such as:

  • I feel good about…
  • I used to… but now I…
  • Two things I will remember about what I have learnt over the last 6 months are…
  • A strategy that really helped me learn better is…
  • If I could do something again differently, I would…
  • One thing I will remember to do in the future is…
  • One thing I really want to learn is...

Student self-assessment

Students could complete six-monthly self-assessments that are related to their important learning goals. They could develop criteria with the teacher and then assess themselves at two time points using a tool such as the one below.

These assessments could also be shared with parents during student-led conferences, through portfolios or through inserting them into written reports.

Download a template of this diagram here.

Template Student self assessment of learning dispositions (Word 2007 78 KB)

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Effective reporting involves each child in taking increasing responsibility for his or her own learning. Students need to be clear about: what they have learnt, which learning strategies were successful, what they need to focus on next and why it is important. (Principle 4)

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