"Strive for Five" PARCC Helpful Strategies for the ELA Research Task Simulation

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Introduction/My New PARCC Materials:
Turn on the news (be it online, radio, or television) and you will bound to find more and more stories about the upcoming PARCC assessment. Currently being rolled out in twenty states, this standardized test definitely has its share of controversy.

With that being said, we as teachers still have the assignment of assisting our students in preparing for this upcoming test. Regardless of where we stand on the issue, I personally believe that I still have a responsibility to my students to prepare them to the best of my ability to this new style of test. Also, as I am sure many of you have also witnessed, many of students are exhibiting what i refer to as higher levels of "testing stress" where they just plain old get really nervous while taking tests.

Therefore, I am posting my PARCC materials to Teachers Pay Teachers with the hope that others can also use them to both assist their students in test preparation. My other hope is that by students using these materials they will be have a higher level of confidence going into the test. (both the midyear as well as the end of year versions)

"Strive for Five" PARCC Helpful Strategies for the ELA Research Task Simulation:
In my classroom I have been teaching the components of Research Task Simulation since December. Over the course of the next few days I plan to share many of my lessons with the Teacher Pay Teachers community. The first lesson/handout I am posting is, "Strive for Five" PARCC Helpful Strategies for the ELA Research Task Simulation." This handout is a great tool to share with both students and staff alike as a reference tool for how to write an essay answer for the research task simulation that should meet all of the criteria as laid out by PARCC.

On the front of the handout you will find what I created, which is what I refer to is as my, "Strive for Five." These are the top five things students should aim for when answering the Research Task Simulation. For example, one of the suggestions from the top five list is, "Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media." The top five from this list have curated by me and are specifically geared towards the Research Simulation Task.

On the back of the handout is a list of twenty possible types of content that could be appear on the Research Task Simulation. Most teachers usually only cover articles and videos in their class practice simulations, therefore missing many possible content choices that might show up on the actual PARCC. This comprehensive list will provide both teachers and students with a starting point as to which to base their PARCC testing practice.

Future PARCC Teacher Pay Teacher Materials:
In the coming weeks I will be posting many supplementary materials that I have personally used in the classroom to help my students prepare for the PARCC. If interested, I would appreciate if you could either follow my store or that you would check back periodically to see if any of these curriculum products interested you. Please know that everything I will be posting is what I consider cutting edge and brand new to the field. Lastly, I will only be posting after using it in my classroom so I therefore verify both its credibility and its success rate.

Thank you for looking!:
As with all of my curriculum products, I personally stand by each one as I know they work because I use them in my own classroom. Each product that I post to Teacher Pay Teachers is an actual curriculum document from my own classroom both prepared and successfully used by me. I am both a reputable seller as well a seller with consistently high ratings. Please buy my products in confidence that you know you buying a curriculum tool that will not only help you in your classroom today but also be available for use for years to come. Thank you for visiting my store today and I wish you good luck in the school year!
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