Warm-Up
A messenger JUST left the classroom before you
came in. He told me that you have been selected
to be the King/Queen of the United States. All of
your kingdom is awaiting your victory speech and
crowning, but you have to declare a new law first.
And you only have five minutes! Oh no!!
What is the first law that you would pass as the
new King or Queen of America?
Why is this the FIRST law that you would pass?
Does it apply to everyone?
What is the penalty for now following your law?
Writing With
SWAG
A fast and easy way to pass
the HSAP writing portion
with the 5 paragraph essay.
(a SNOW remix)
SW-
All you need is Swag to
make it Snow:
Study the question.
S- Study the question
What does it want?
N- Note the important points
A- Align your thoughts.
G-
O- Organize your thoughts
Get it on paper!
W- Write to the point
SCORE
CONTENT/
DEVELOPMENT
4
Presents a clear central idea 
about the topic
Fully develops the central
idea with specific,
relevant details
Sustains focus on central
idea throughout the
writing
ORGANIZATION
3


Has an effective introduction, 
body, and conclusion.

Provides a smooth

progression of ideas
throughout the writing.
2
Presents a central idea Central idea may be unclear 
about the topic
Details need elaboration to
clarify the central idea
Develops the central

idea but details are
Focus may shift or be lost
general, or the
causing confusion for the 
elaboration may be
reader
uneven
Focus may shift slightly,
but is generally
sustained
Has an introduction,

body, and conclusion.
Provides a logical
progression of ideas
throughout the writing.


VOICE

CONVENTIONS
Uses precise and/or

vivid vocabulary
appropriate for the topic 

Phrasing is effective,
not predictable or
obvious

Varies sentence
structure to promote
rhythmic reading

Shows strong

awareness of audience
and task; tone is
consistent and
appropriate
Provides evidence of an 
adequate command of
grade-level conventions
(grammar,
capitalization,
punctuation, and
spelling).
Provides evidence of a 
consistent and strong
command of grade-level
conventions (grammar,
capitalization,
punctuation, and
spelling).
1

Attempts an
introduction, body, and
conclusion; however,
one or more of these
components could be
weak or ineffective.
Provides a simplistic,
repetitious, or
somewhat random
progression of ideas
throughout the writing.
Uses both general and
precise vocabulary
Phrasing may not be
effective, and may be
predictable or obvious
Details are sparse and/
or confusing
There is no sense of
focus

Attempts an
introduction, body, and
conclusion; however,
one or more of these
components could be
absent or confusing.

Presents information in
a random or illogical
order throughout the
writing.

Uses simple vocabulary

Phrasing is repetitive or
confusing

There is little sentence
variety; reading is
monotonous
Some sentence variety
results in reading that is 
somewhat rhythmic;
may be mechanical
Shows awareness of
audience and task; tone
is appropriate
There is no clear central
idea
There is little awareness
of audience and task;
tone may be
inappropriate
Provides evidence of a Provides little or no evidence
limited command of
of having a command of
grade-level conventions
grade-level conventions
(grammar,
(grammar, capitalization,
capitalization,
punctuation, and
spelling).
punctuation, and
spelling).
SCORE
4
Presents a clear central idea
about the topic
CONTENT/
DEVELOPMENT Fully develops the central idea
with specific, relevant details
Sustains focus on central idea
throughout the writing
ORGANIZATION
VOICE
Has an effective introduction,
body, and conclusion.
 Provides a smooth
progression of ideas
throughout the writing.





CONVENTIONS
Uses precise and/or vivid
vocabulary appropriate for
the topic
Phrasing is effective, not
predictable or obvious
Varies sentence structure to
promote rhythmic reading
Shows strong awareness of
audience and task; tone is
consistent and appropriate
Provides evidence of a
consistent and strong
command of grade-level
conventions (grammar,
capitalization, punctuation,
and spelling).
Stays on topic.
Is clearly and effectively
organized.
Has a variety of
appropriate and
strong vocabulary
and flow
Has few grammar and
spelling issues.
You will be graded by the HSAP rubric:
- You know how you’re going to be graded
-You know what you need to do
-Personal growth in writing
-No surprises
Rule #1: YOU CAN DO IT.
INTRODUCTION TO
THE FIVE
PARAGRAPH ESSAY
Organizing your
thoughts and
formulating a
thesis
Looking for and
using textual
evidence
Graded For
SWAG
Ending your
paper: the
conclusion and
self-edit
Developing the
body of your paper
Ok, So how do I do this?
• Think of the writing as an argument:
– You must have the opinion or topic
– You must have facts or statements that support
the opinion or topic
• These have to be related to the topic
• These should prove the overall argument
– You have to finish the argument my restating your
claim and that YOU won
How to think about it: Three Examples
• Who is the Best musician alive?
– Record Sales, Awards, and musical achievements.
– Length of Career.
– Career outside of music industry. Humanitarian
efforts.
• Girls on Maury…
– They may not be telling the truth but they have
“facts” AND they act 1000% percent sure
• The baby has your eyes (FACT 1) You sent me those texts
(FACT 2) Your mother is here “acting a fool” (FACT 3)
therefore, you ARE the father of little Spongebob Jr.
• A fight. Just sayin’.
Breaking Down the Essay
• The five-paragraph essay should have these
elements:
– Introductory paragraph. “Hook”
– Three supporting details. “Proof”
– Concluding paragraph. “Summary”
• You MUST think about these three factors
BEFORE writing:
– Focus – What is the Prompt Asking?
– Audience – Who are you writing to?
– Purpose – What kind of paper am I writing?
Antigone Writing Prompt
Choose one of the THREE prompts to write your
five-paragraph essay.
1. Family vs. Authority
Which is more important to Sophocles – family or authority?
look at Antigone, Ismene, Creon, and Haemon and at what
happens to them and their relationships. Be sure to cite
specific quotes from the play to support your claims.
2.Gender Roles
Creon says to his son, Haemon, that it would be bad enough to
yield to a man, but he would never yield to a woman (meaning
Antigone). What does the play say about a woman’s place in
society? Be sure to cite specific quotes from the play to support
your answers.
3. Loose vs. Strict Government
Creon claims that the rule of the King must be obeyed even if
it’s wrong in order to avoid anarchy and chaos. Does the play
agree or disagree with Creon? Be sure to cite specific quotes
from the play to support your answers.
Assignment Details/Rules
• More about your prompts
– You must support at least 3 specific quotes or
examples from the text.
– You must write using the five paragraph essay
style.
– You must write to fulfill the HSAP rubric.
– In academic writing, you CANNOT use first person,
contractions, or illegible handwriting.
Swaggerific:
S-
Study the question
W-
What does it want?
A- Align your thoughts
G-
Get it on paper
SWAG Organizer- Beneath each prompt, fill in notes about S.W.A.G. in the boxes
1.
Which is more important to Sophocles – family or authority? Look at Antigone, Ismene, Creon, and Haemon and at
what happens to them and their relationships. Be sure to cite specific quotes from the play to support your claims
2.
Creon says to his son, Haemon, that it would be bad enough to yield to a man, but he would never yield to a woman
(meaning Antigone). What does the play say about a woman’s place in society? Be sure to cite specific quotes from
the play to support your answers.
1.
Creon claims that the rule of the King must be obeyed even if it’s wrong in order to avoid anarchy and chaos. Does
the play agree or disagree with Creon? Be sure to cite specific quotes from the play to support your answers.
S-
Study the question
1.
Which is more important to Sophocles –
family or authority? Look at Antigone,
Ismene, Creon, and Haemon and at what
happens to them and their relationships.
Be sure to cite specific quotes from the
play to support your claims.
2.
Creon says to his son, Haemon, that it
would be bad enough to yield to a man,
but he would never yield to a woman
(meaning Antigone). What does the play
say about a woman’s place in society? Be
sure to cite specific quotes from the play
to support your answers.
3.
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must be obeyed even if it’s wrong in
order to avoid anarchy and chaos. Does
the play agree or disagree with Creon?
Be sure to cite specific quotes from the
play to support your answers.
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play to support your claims.
2.
Creon says to his son, Haemon, that it
would be bad enough to yield to a man,
but he would never yield to a woman
(meaning Antigone). What does the play
say about a woman’s place in society? Be
sure to cite specific quotes from the play
to support your answers.
3.
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must be obeyed even if it’s wrong in
order to avoid anarchy and chaos. Does
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Which is more important to Sophocles –
family or authority? Look at Antigone,
Ismene, Creon, and Haemon and at what
happens to them and their relationships.
Be sure to cite specific quotes from the
play to support your claims.
2.
Creon says to his son, Haemon, that it
would be bad enough to yield to a man,
but he would never yield to a woman
(meaning Antigone). What does the play
say about a woman’s place in society? Be
sure to cite specific quotes from the play
to support your answers.
3.
Creon claims that the rule of the King
must be obeyed even if it’s wrong in
order to avoid anarchy and chaos. Does
the play agree or disagree with Creon?
Be sure to cite specific quotes from the
play to support your answers.
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point
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up, and
end this
paper
The Writing Process
• The most important part of writing is the prewriting. You can:
– Organize your thoughts
– Weigh your opinion
– Figure out what will be your strongest and
weakest points
• You should never try to write without a plan.
– Even if it’s a few notes in the margin, a detailed
organizer, or a free-flow paragraph for thinking, a
great paper is a planned paper.
– Time is no excuse
CHALK TALK
• A “Chalk Talk” is a SILENT activity.
• I have the three topics on the board. Silently,
one by one, students will come and write
something about the topics. This could be a
factual point to make, an opinion, evidence
from the text. Anything RELEVANT.
• This is an activity where you can draw ideas
from each other.
• This can be a very fun, enlightening activity.
Family vs.
Authority
Gender
Roles
Weak vs.
Strict
Government
Spider-Web
Organizer. List a few
important points that
you found from the
Chalk Talk
Prompts
1. Family vs.
Authority
2. Gender
Roles:
Women in
the Kingdom
3. Weak Law
vs. Strong
Law
Possible Topic Paragraphs
Evidence
Opinion
G1.
2.
3.
Get it on paper
Which is more important to Sophocles –
family or authority? Look at Antigone,
Ismene, Creon, and Haemon and at what
happens to them and their relationships.
Be sure to cite specific quotes from the
play to support your claims.
Once you have your
thoughts in order, you can
get it on paper….
Creon says to his son, Haemon, that it
would be bad enough to yield to a man,
but he would never yield to a woman
(meaning Antigone). What does the play
say about a woman’s place in society? Be
sure to cite specific quotes from the play
to support your answers.
NEXT, we have to build the
paper. But since we have an
idea of how we’re going to
do it. Writing this paper
shouldn’t take that long.
Creon claims that the rule of the King
must be obeyed even if it’s wrong in
order to avoid anarchy and chaos. Does
the play agree or disagree with Creon?
Be sure to cite specific quotes from the
play to support your answers.
It’s so easy to do IF you are
organized…Which you are!!
This way, you can focus on
conventions: vocabulary,
grammar, sentence
structures… you make my
paper shine
Organization: OUTLINING YOUR IDEAS
I. Introduction - _____________________
____________________________________
I. Body: Supporting your Arguments
I. Key Point: ____________________
________________________________
I. Specific Example:__________
____________________________
I. Support for that Example:___
____________________________
I. Key Point: ___________________
________________________________
I. Specific Example:__________
____________________________
I. Support for that example: ___
____________________________
I. Key Point: ____________________
________________________________
I. Specific Example:__________
____________________________
I. Support for that example: ___
____________________________
II. Conclusion:_______________________
____________________________________
I. Introduction - _____________________
____________________________________
I. Body: Supporting your Arguments
I. Key Point: ____________________
________________________________
I. Specific Example:__________
____________________________
I. Support for that Example:___
____________________________
I. Key Point: ___________________
________________________________
I. Specific Example:__________
____________________________
I. Support for that example: ___
____________________________
I. Key Point: ____________________
________________________________
I. Specific Example:__________
____________________________
I. Support for that example: ___
____________________________
II. Conclusion:_______________________
____________________________________
Day 2: Writing With
SWAG
A fast and easy way to pass
the HSAP writing portion
with the 5 paragraph essay.
(a SNOW remix)
Day 2: Writing With
SWAG
A fast and easy way to pass
the HSAP writing portion
with the 5 paragraph essay.
(a SNOW remix)
Family vs.
Authority
Gender
Roles
Weak vs.
Strict
Government
Spider-Web
Organizer. List a few
important points that
you found from the
Chalk Talk
Five Paragraph Essay: Introductory Paragraph
General Statement
General Statement
Specific Purpose
Specific Purpose
Thesis
Thesis
TOPIC:
Topic Sentence
II. Paragraph 1 Topic:
Topic Sentence
Supportive Statement
Supportive Statement
Textual Evidence
Textual Evidence
Connect the Evidence
Connect the Evidence
Transitional Sentence
Transitional Sentence
III. Paragraph 3 Topic:
Topic Sentence
IV. Paragraph 4 Topic:
Topic Sentence
Supportive Statement
Supportive Statement
Textual Evidence
Textual Evidence
Connect the Evidence
Connect the Evidence
Transitional Sentence
Transitional Sentence
Day 2: Writing With
SWAG
A fast and easy way to pass
the HSAP writing portion
with the 5 paragraph essay.
(a SNOW remix)
Introduction (General Statement & Specific Purpose):
Thesis:
Support ¶ 1 Idea:
Support ¶ 2 Idea:
Support ¶ 3 Idea:
Quote:
Quote:
Quote:
Rationale:
Rationale:
Rationale:
Conclusion:
Five Paragraph Essay: Introductory Paragraph
Restate Thesis
Restate Thesis
General Statement
General Statement
Worldly statement
Worldly Statement