Looking for practice in today's standardized testing format? Use this test practice and task cards to get your students ready for state assessments without overwhelming them. With these, your students will read closely, gain meaning across texts, and support their answers with text evidence. Each question has been designed to match the rigor of Common Core and state testing. The test practice can be used for practice, but we've also made sure it is ready to go if you need a graded assessment in the format used for recent standardized assessments. The task cards work great as Bell Ringers/Do Nows and as quick formative assessments!
A little more info about how and why we scaffolded the constructed response answers:
We've always had trouble with students not being able to answer a constructed response question completely, and we've struggled with how to manage the many levels of proficiency within one classroom.
We have some students who write beautiful, well thought out answers that address EVERYTHING the prompt asks, students who have no idea where to begin, and everything in between! This will save lots of planning time, and you'll be really happy with the results if you use what we’ve created to reach just about every student in your class. It makes test prep much easier!
This is how we've set up the scaffolding. First, for the constructed response question, we've provided an exemplar response in case you'd like to share what a top-quality response looks and sounds like. Then you'll give out one of four provided constructed response pages depending on the level of each student. Here are the options you'll have in your download:
1) for non-writers/those who don't know where to start: a fill-in-the-blank answer frame with clues along the way
2) for reluctant writers: an already deconstructed prompt in which they'll answer questions along the way as a form of prewriting
3) for almost-there writers: bullet points after the prompt to remind students what to include for a top quality answer
4) for proficient writers: only the prompt and space for an answer
In this product you'll get:
-3 literary passages
-9 Part A and Part B (EBSR) Multiple Choice, Multiple Select, Short Answer, and TECR questions
-constructed response question
-4 scaffolded constructed response answer choices to help in providing different levels of support for students
-Set of task cards with all of the text and questions
-Lexile levels and word counts for each text
-Answer Key for all MC questions
-Exemplar Answer for Constructed Response Question
-As an added feature, this works great as a companion to the LearnZillion “Whipping Boy”!