ELA Test Prep - Teaching Students How to Respond to Short Answer Questions

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In this 5-day Test Prep Unit, students learn specific strategies to promote success on standardized assessments and daily practice. Students will learn test-taking strategies for answering short-response questions. They will learn how to include textual evidence in their responses to short answer questions with instruction, guided practice, and independent activities.

During the mini-unit students develop and practice the “READ” strategy to promote thoughtful and thorough responses. Using the "READ" strategy students will be able to easily make an inference, claim, position or draw a conclusion based on their analysis of the text, and then provide two pieces of text-based evidence to support their answers. In addition, students will review and identify paragraph structure, practice the use of transition words and read and respond to 6 passages. Students stay actively engaged through small group, partner, and whole class learning activities.

Common Core State Standards:

  • RI.1, RI.2, RI.3, RI.6, RI.10
  • RL.1, RL.2, RL.6, RL.10
  • W.1, W.2, W.4, W.10

In this unit, students will...

  • Develop skills in reading comprehension
  • Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details
  • Determine an author’s point of view or purpose of a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text
  • Introduce claims and evidence clearly
  • Develop ideas with relevant facts, concrete details, quotations, and examples
  • Use strategies to answer short answer questions by restating the question, adding supporting details, and concluding responses

This detailed unit includes:

Engaging Activities:

  • Transition Word Sort (Categories and Words)
  • Cooperative Paragraphs (9)

Student Packet:

  • Guided Notes
  • Transition Words and Phrases
  • Practice Transitions
  • Paragraph Structure
  • Paragraph Analysis
  • READ Strategy How-To
  • Short Reading Passages and Short Response Practice (3)
  • Long Reading Passages and Short Response Practice (3)

Teacher Resources:

  • Detailed Lesson Plans (5)
  • All keys - guided notes and student work

FYI: This unit is also a part of the Test Prep Bundle. The bundle is filled with the Answering Multiple-Choice Question Unit, Responding to Short Answer Question Unit, and Motivational Test Prep Resources. You can check it out HERE.

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Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

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