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Templates are an effective tool for improving performance on high-stakes tests. Writing templates can enhance students' scores on standardized tests like the TOEFL® iBT and SAT® by providing them with a structure that conforms to grading criteria and by giving them opportunities to explore the syntax, vocabulary, and functions of sentences and paragraphs. Students who are able to apply even a portion of a template to their essays will perform at a higher level than if they had not used a template.
The Writing Template Book is a practical how-to guide for academic writers. Because good writers automatically develop their own internal writing templates that impose clarity and structure on their material, this text provides template examples to help less experienced writers produce the reliable, replicable syntax that is essential to good writing. The Writing Template Book provides numerous examples and practice writing summaries, thesis sentences, introductions, conclusions, and the bodies of typical essays and papers.
A foreword by Ann M. Johns, Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University, positions the roles of templates in current writing pedagogy and describes the additional benefits of templates, such as opportunities to discuss vocabulary alternatives and their semantic values.