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Sylvia R Jackson
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Sylvia R  Jackson
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"The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean. - Robert Louis Stevenson".
 
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TLC3 for E
TLC3 for E  (TpT Seller) re: The Last of the Mohicans Mini-Book
Your material looks interesting! Check out my webstore or me at www.tlc34e.webs.com!
Thanks!
Mike Ward
April 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

kjs4161
Buyer re: Short Answer Response Sample 2 (STAAR Test Prep)
Who wrote "Inside the Home of the Future?" I cannot find the resource on the internet and would like to use these two selections for practice.
June 12, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Sylvia R  Jackson
Sylvia R Jackson  (TpT Seller)
It is written by Kelly Greene ( http://www.icta.ufl.edu/press/HomeOfTheFuture.pdf ) . Enjoy!
June 12, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Julie Faulkner
Julie Faulkner  (TpT Seller) re: Persuasive Essay Sample in STAAR Test Format
I am really interested in your samples here because I am TN, and we are also tranisitioning and have almost no samples. I do the same thing you do.... create them! Do any of your samples include citations from a stimulus, and do the essays have any kind of notations, scores, etc. for teaching?
January 29, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

midkiffm
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Hi Sylvia,
I am a ninth grade English teacher in Marshall Texas. I was so excited to see anything that would help us on the EOC test. I love what you have provided but I was wondering if you had anything that could possibly be on a slightly lower level. I do not teach any upper level students and I have many that struggle with writing anything at all. Many of these students really need to be taught to earn a score of 2 on the SAR and a 3 on the essay. The vocabulary etc. in the samples you provided is a little difficult for them and not anything that they would every use. You seem to have such a great grasp on the test, I was wondering if you had any suggestions or other products that might help me. I am like every other English teacher in Texas; just trying to figure it all out. Thanks for your help. Marianne
October 6, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Sylvia R  Jackson
Sylvia R Jackson  (TpT Seller)
Hi, Marianne! I have two essays on here that I geared toward on-level students. One is Persuasive Essay Sample #3, Introductory. All of our 9th grade teachers used this one, and it is a simpler topic with lower-level vocabulary. The other one is Sample Literary, and it is a very simple story that all of our teachers used successfully. I believe our on-level teachers used it as an introduction to literary...and had the students read it together--then plot it on the plot diagram (prior to filling-out their own plot diagrams for their own pieces).

There is also a teacher on my campus who teaches our lowest performers. She takes my essays and re-scribes them in her own handwriting, replacing the advanced vocabulary words with lower-level synonyms. She even used one of them as an exercise for the kids in which they took my essay as it was and highlighted any words they did not know. After looking up the words, they replaced them with familiar synonyms and re-copied the essay. Not only was this a good vocabulary exercise, but it still gave them experience with the organization of a 26-liner!

I haven't had much success finding other materials for the writing portions (which is what drove me to create my own). However, I think the single most impactful thing I did in the classroom was to transition to using Flash Fiction at every available opportunity. As teachers who love literature, we are drawn to teaching longer pieces (novels...even "short" stories)--but none of those genres are represented on the tests. By using Flash Fiction (and even non-fiction news articles,) the kids get accustomed to bite-size literature.

Hope there is something in there that helps! Until Texas gets over its obsession with standardized testing, we've all got to help each other! :D
~Sylvia
October 6, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Pam Brown
Pam B.
I hope you are also enjoying your summer. Are you still in Granbury and if so, how did your students do on the EOC? Just wondering. :)
June 10, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Sylvia R  Jackson
Sylvia R Jackson  (TpT Seller)
I'm still in Granbury (at the 9th grade center)...and I'm happy to report that I had 100% pass. However, I was testing the highest group of kids (English II kids who were taking the advanced course on an English I campus)...so they certainly should have! I also had the most 3s on short answer and the most 4s on essay that I've ever had, which I was particularly excited about. One of my colleagues had even more than me, however, so I still have some work to do. :D
June 10, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Pam Brown
Pam B.
I just purchased the sample literary essay. Can I share this with my two partners. We will be teaching a group of students this summer and need help for them passing the EOC! These materials are wonderful!
June 10, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Sylvia R  Jackson
Sylvia R Jackson  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much! Yes, please share. Our campus is also hosting a summer EOC Camp, and I'm going to work it as well. Our focus will be writing, so I'm going to be digging out all of my essays to use as samples. The English I kiddos on our campus struggled (as they did throughout the state)...so they are our target group this summer. Hope your kids rock it!
June 10, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Shopgirl Mrs V
Shopgirl Mrs V  (TpT Seller) re: Short Answer Response Transitions + Mnemonic Memory Tool STAAR!
"Our school has had great success on the short answer response. In each of the years prior to using the APE mnemonic device, we averaged about 2-3 short answer responses each year that scored a "3"...but since using it, we have achieved 40+ per year (with a student population of 400)."

Hi, Which test did your students take that included short answer responses? TAKS didn't include that and this is the first year of the STAAR - the reading hasn't yet been administered other than 8th grade.. thanks.
April 1, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Sylvia R  Jackson
Sylvia R Jackson  (TpT Seller)
The TAKS has always included short answer responses (at the secondary level). There was always one short answer response over the fiction literature piece...one over the non-fiction piece...and one crossover question covering both pieces. The new STAAR test also includes short answer responses, and our ninth graders just took the Reading and Writing sections last week. They are the first group that the STAAR scores count toward graduation.
April 1, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

brhearn
Buyer re: Expository Essay Sample 1 (STAAR Writing Test)
Do you have an example essay for the 9th grade EOC?
March 16, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Sylvia R  Jackson
Sylvia R Jackson  (TpT Seller)
I just posted a literary piece that I put together to help out the teacher I mentor (who has all 9th graders). I may end up with another one within the next couple of days. How do you feel your kids are doing as we lead up to next week's test?
March 20, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

James Brown
James B.
What will be the price for uploading this to a free n open website which does not charge any fee for download ? Download will be made available to anyone who registers.
February 7, 2007 Report inappropriate comment

Sylvia R  Jackson
Sylvia R Jackson  (TpT Seller)
Unfortunately...due to copyright issues...I am unable to post the process of Barry Lane's assignment. I am only able to provide examples and the assignment sheet I have created to give students. I use the skeleton plot to have students explode...whereas Barry's process is applicable to any writing assignment. I also have my students apply the "Explode the Moment" concept to other pieces, but I use the assignment posted here as a starting point to build on.
October 29, 2006 Report inappropriate comment

Greg Hurst
Greg Hurst  (TpT Seller)
I just purchased your "Exploding the Moment" and I seem to be missing some of it. There seems to be only a few examples, is there an explanation of the process itself? I seem to recall that it is a multi-staged process.
October 29, 2006 Report inappropriate comment
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