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Chapter Quizzes - My Life In Dog Years

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Chapter Quizzes - My Life in Dogs Years

Whenever I set up chapter quizzes for my students, I want to incorporate a number of demands on their reading comprehension efforts. For that reason, you will see variety of challenges for your students to meet in the series that I’ve developed, and I hope that they serve you as well as they have served me. What follows is the make-up for each exercise.

Word Form or Adobe Format:
Unfortunately, these tests and quizzes have to be sent to you in Adobe format, which means that you can’t change or tailor the tests to your specific needs. However, once you’ve purchased the item, please don’t hesitate to email me and I will send you a reply with the exams and keys in Word format. This will provide you with some flexibility.

A and B Versions:
I tend to be something of a security freak, so all of my tests and quizzes are written in two different versions. It doesn’t stop cheating, but at least it makes it more challenging.

20 Point or 50 Point Tests:
At the top of most tests is a scoring area that indicates whether the test included the written portion or not. You can alter your demands each time you use the test by leaving the written portion out of the exercise.

True or False:
I like to include true or false statements, because it forces my students to truly examine what is being suggested within the statement. If they have thoroughly read their material then this area is not all that difficult, but if they have skimmed through it than this testing device can be their worst nightmare. We work under the understanding that unless a statement is completely true, it must, therefore, be false.

Multiple Choice (Inference):
This is a standard section for any test. I usually make sure that I sprinkle in a liberal amount of literary terminology along with questions that require students to draw conclusions based on the text. In addition, I will also include lower level questions as an additional means of confirming that my students have read the chapters thoroughly.

As everyone across the country could be working with a different version of the novel - depending upon the typeface or page layout - I cannot place the page, paragraph or line number for each question. I have left you blanks so that you can supply the information that pertains to your own source, but at least you will know what chapter (s) it comes from. I apologize for this inconvenience, but I didn’t want to send you questions and make reference to page and paragraph numbers that are out of synch with the novel version you are using.

Response to Literature:
My approach to writing is to incorporate as many small composition assignments as possible rather than a significantly small number of long, complex assignments. It’s not that my students don’t write their share of papers, but I keep that load to a minimum so that I can concentrate on the essentials of spelling, capitalization and sentence structure. To reinforce these skills you need as many small assignments as you can squeeze into your curriculum. It’s the constant repetition of writing tasks that forces students to pay attention to the details and improve their abilities.

That said, you will note that this portion of the test is completely optional - as is the task that you assign them to write about. For my part, I usually assign them a persuasive task that has them argue the merits - or deficiencies - of the chapter or novel. In this way they get the chance to put in their two cents on the assignment , yet they still have to use the source as evidence to back up their assertions.

I often include eleven questions in multiple choice and vocabulary, but count only ten points per section. This acts as a bonus system for the students.

Future Tests:
If there is a short story or novel test that you would like me to develop, drop me an email and I will work on it as soon as possible. Right now I’m not completely certain what short stories or novels are most popular with teachers across the country, so I’m staying to the ones that I have enjoyed over the years.

Finally, thank you for purchasing this item. North Carolina teachers haven’t had a raise in five years and we appreciate all the help we can get.

Michael Harper
Wilmington, NC
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