Are your students ready to manipulate and master online state testing? Help them practice needed skills to "Hit it out of the PARCC" this year with this engaging puzzle questionnaire!
This activity is specifically designed to help 8th grade students prepare for the online version of the PARCC ELA test. These questions link directly to the online Unit 1, 2, & 3 practice tests. This activity is NOT a reading or writing test. Rather, it guides students through the available practice items with the goal of preparing them to use the technology effectively and navigate the format of the various test questions.
The questions and correlating crossword puzzle were designed to help students practice the following:
Close reading of long, detailed directions
Time management between reading and writing tasks
Typing and punctuating correctly
Previewing writing response terms (essay, narrative, etc.)
Using tools such as the scroll bar, highlighting feature, cross out option, etc.
Handling the menu bar including: “Review” drop down menu, “Bookmark” feature, & navigation arrows
Understanding question formats & answer choices such as choose two, three, all that apply, etc.
Noticing a passage’s type & purpose
Dragging and dropping options both with and without extra choices
Identifying elements of text: paragraphs, lines, & words
Scrolling through and interacting with types of texts and tasks, including watching videos
Skipping and returning to questions in any order
Using the visual aid of manipulating background and text color
Test-taking supports such as process of elimination & highlighting
Checking answers and submitting final choices
Give students a boost by letting them practice in a fun, new way before testing begins. Check out the preview for more information.
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