Are your students struggling with decoding the questions related to the Common Core Standards? My students had a great deal of difficulty understanding what the questions were asking and knowing how to respond to the questions appropriately.
Using the list of the 50 Critical Words from the Common Core Standards by Marilee Sprenger ( http://www.marileesprenger.com/the-critical-words.html ), I developed graphic organizers that I use to teach my students what the words mean and how to structure a response using this vocabulary. It has made an amazing difference in how they interpret and respond to these questions.
This file contains 5 lists of 10 words each and 4 quizzes and answer keys. Why 4 quizzes, you may ask? I don't give my students any quizzes with only 10 questions because I don't like the weight of missing one answer and ending up with a 90. Each quiz is grouped with two lists. The first quiz covers lists 1 and 2, the second covers lists 2 and 3, the third covers lists 3 and 4, and quiz four covers lists 4 and 5. Answer keys are included.