Writing and the MAP

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The MAP, which stands for the Missouri Assessment program, is a test that is designed to see what the students know. These are some tips for taking that test...

Submitted: April 08, 2008

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Submitted: April 08, 2008



The Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, is how the state of Missouri measures the ability of school districts to fill the insatiable and unquenchable minds of its students with the information they need in order to survive in this unforgiving, dangerous, and fast-paced technological world by testing the students to see if they are truly learning or just pretending to understand the course. Just like any endeavor, there are ways to ensure that one can obtain an impressive score on this test; the main three being as follows: give evidence and supporting details; write with great detail and with thoroughness; and proofread your writing. These tips will not only improve the students score on the test, but can improve one's writing as a whole and lead to more people respecting the writer's ideas, opinions, and the writer themselves.
Giving evidence and supporting details are almost a requisite for getting a good grade on the MAP test. Without giving evidence, a person could easily refute the claims of the writer. No matter how compacted a thesis is nor how eloquently it is composed, the thesis will crumble to dust in the wind if there is no supporting details to strengthen it. Hypothetically, if a scientist was trying to convince the government that the Earth's molten core was going through an expansion phase which would lead to increase volcanic activity, he would need to give evidence or else the government would think that he was perhaps a bit touched in the head. This same reasoning can be said for the MAP. Technically, the people who grade the MAP does not know the thought process that goes within students head, so if a student makes a claim that sounds far fetched without showing details, it would not only look bad for the student, but for the school and district that exported the information into his head. To continue with the idea of giving evidence, if one does give evidence, it can help narrow one's focus on a subject. This can lead to one gaining more insight on what their topic is truly about, thus allowing them to see different ways that they can take a topic, which will lower the chance of writer's block.
Giving evidence and supporting details are necessary, but if they are not thorough or energetic, they can become a double-edged sword of sorts. Without using the time to make the details vivid, people will notice that you just compiled things together in an attempt to finish it hastily, which is not a good sign. If people feel that one's writing has been hastily composed, they will feel that the writer does not care about his witting, and will criticize it harshly. Furthermore, adding great detail to the writing can captivate the audience, which can cause them to ignore other flaws in the writing. This can allow the writer to focus more on the delivery of the writing instead of the logistics of the writing.  Still, it would be wise to check the writing for flaws.
Proofreading one's writing is an essential part of the finalization process. It is also the easiest part of the finalization process. By proofreading, it allows one to see their writing from the eyes of the audience and judge whether the audience will be able to truly understand what he or she as the writer is trying to get across. It also helps by allowing one to see careless mistakes that might unnerve the writer if they have to give an oral presentation about the composition. Especially by reading the writing aloud, it allows one to see mistakes that an amateur would think as a normal part of the composition. When the composition feels normal and comfortable for the writer, it will show within the composition for the composition will flow freely within the mind of the audience, allowing for them to be captivated and mesmerized by the writing easily.
In short, the MAP test is perhaps one of the more annoying test a student has to take, not due to difficulty per se, but more due to the pressure of trying to take the time to make a perfect paper. Now, while nobody or paper is perfect, by taking these steps the paper can become perfect in the writer's eyes. As long as the writer feels that his paper or essay is perfect in his or hers own eyes, it will be conveyed within the paper itself, allowing the audience to see the vision that the writer intended for them to see. When the writer has confidence in his or hers own work--whether it be an essay, anthology, memoir, autobiography, or biography-- there will be nothing to stop them from achieving greatness within their own mind and within the view of the audience.

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