Finding quality revising and editing passages is a chore! This passage about the history of bubble gum
makes your job easy. It contains an original informational text
and 7 questions
that assess how your students revise for controlling ideas and supporting details.
This can be used as a formative assessment or a teaching tool. It is aligned with the 2015 released STAAR Revising and Editing test.
STAAR TEKS assessed:
7.14(C) revise drafts to ensure … internal and external coherence
write a multi-paragraph essay to convey information about a topic that:
7.17(A) (i) presents effective introductions and concluding paragraphs;
7.17(A) (ii) contains a clearly stated purpose or controlling idea;
7.17(A) (iii) is logically organized with appropriate facts and details and includes no extraneous information or inconsistencies;
7.18(C) includes evidence that is logically organized to support the author’s viewpoint and that differentiates between fact and opinion.
7.19(C) use a variety of complete sentences (e.g., simple, compound, complex) that include properly placed modifiers, correctly identified antecedents, parallel structures, and consistent tenses.
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Commas in a SeriesTip:
Play Slap-Down in groups of four! Students take the assessment first. Then, each student cuts/tears a sheet of paper into four squares, writing A, B, C or D on separate cards. You then tell them to “get ready to slap down” on the count of 3. They pick their answer, such as B, and slap it down on the table at the same time. Students can discuss why correct answers are correct and why certain answers are incorrect.