In this activity, your students will sort and answer text based questions to get into the minds of the ELA test makers. Your students will come away with a better understanding of the thinking they need to do in order to successfully answer ELA questions.
Your students will also understand the particular types of questions that are difficult for them, giving them (and you) a clue as to what skills needs to be reinforced.
This proactive approach to test taking has changed the mindset of our students, mentally putting them on the same level as the test makers and helping them to reflect to become better test takers.
We put A LOT of effort into making our activities simple for teacher to access and prepare for his or her students. You'll find that once easily prepared, this activity is hands-off. The specific directions for students help students become and remain independent.
In our own classrooms, we make 2 centers out of these materials and have our other students engaging in the other centers we listed on Teachers Pay Teachers. We wind up doing a couple days of ELA centers and the kids are actually excited and engaged during ELA prep because the stations are game-like. Student buy-in is everything!