(Please note: this slideshow is now largely outdated--the WASL has been changed to the MSP, for example, and the links below no longer work. I'm leaving it up, though, in case teachers who have similar standardized tests to prepare for can find it useful. 6/4/12)
I put together this PowerPoint presentation using images and information from the released 2008 7th grade Reading Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) items. I designed it to help my seventh graders review for the Reading WASL shortly before they actually take the test.
When I take my students through this presentation, I intend to distribute class copies of the reading selections that correspond with the questions included in the presentation (you can find these reading selections here: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/WASL/Readingpubdocs/G7R-RID-SE-Final.pdf). Students will read each selection and, following along with the presentation, they will answer a few multiple choice and short answer questions, then review and discuss answers. I have included notes in the normal view to explain why I included certain elements.
Again, this presentation is intended for use in a seventh grade classroom, but I think it could work for any middle-level grade. I am happy to answer any questions in the Q/A section here on Teachers Pay Teachers. Happy WASLing!
More released WASL items and resources available here: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/WASL/testquestions.aspx