Practice, assess, and improve the reading and writing skills of your high school and advanced middle school students, all while preparing them for their required standardized exams.
This Reading & Writing ELA Test Prep Bundle includes:
Snapshot Reading Assessments for Secondary ELA
Practice and assess reading skills by each individual Common Core standard! For each CCSS literature and informational text standard, this resource includes a short reading passage and several questions assessing students’ proficiency in that individual standard. Thus, you can accurately measure student progress with each standard, identify areas of struggle, and provide targeted practice opportunities where they need them most
• Pre-tests/baseline assessment
• Post-tests/formative assessment
• Practice work
• Standardized test prep
• Bell Work
• Exit Tickets
• Skill review
Readings are at a rigor level appropriate for high school or advance middle school students. Passages include public domain works as well excerpts from a variety of authors such as Emily Dickinson, George Orwell, Jane Austen, Dylan Thomas, Shakespeare, Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Elie Wiesel, Abraham Lincoln and more. The snapshot assessments are provided as both editable Word documents as well as PDFs, just in case there are any technical issues due to software versions.
Flash Writing: Thesis Writing, Essay Planning & Timed Writing Prep Activity
Help your students prepare for the state timed writing assessment while practicing thesis statements and essay planning. This activity allows students to practice these important skills, while encouraging them to use their time efficiently so that the bulk of their effort can be devoted to the actual writing stage of the process.
In this activity, students are provided a prompt and then given ten minutes to identify the type of prompt (informative or argumentative) and create an outline. They develop a thesis statement and three topic sentences for their body paragraphs, including a counterclaim if the prompt is argumentative. When time is up, students share their work and discuss strengths and ideas for improvement. Afterwards, a model outline is provided, demonstrating different ways to effectively and quickly plan for each type of writing. Finally, a wide variety of additional prompts are included for further practice.
• Writing Assessment
• Thesis Writing Practice
• Essay Planning Practice
• Timed Writing Practice
• Bell Work
• Full Lessons
Included as both a fully editable PowerPoint activity as well as a PDF to ensure compatibility. Also includes an essay planning handout as well as rubrics similar to those used in state exams—should you choose to have your students write a full essay.
Works well as an individual, pair or small group activity. Each prompt can be used for a full lesson or as a warm-up. And because there is simply not time enough to always write and grade essays, this is the perfect activity to keep your students continually practicing the most important skills.
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