Reading Workshop and standardized tests can seem irreconcilable—one emphasizes authentic reading while the other is the epitome of inauthentic reading. This guide has the information and tools you need to implement strategic and balanced test prep. in the context of reading workshop.
A guide to utilizing reading workshop routines to prepare students for standardized tests throughout the year and during testing season.
—Incorporating Test Prep & Reading Workshop
—Commonly Tested Reading Skills/Concepts: A list of central reading skills/concepts and how to teach/practice them over and over throughout the year during reading workshop.
—Testing Format & Strategies: Ideas for familiarizing students with the testing format and teaching them test-taking strategies.
—Testing Exercises: A list of ways to help students strategically prepare for tests instead of “drill and kill.”
Resources for Strategic Test Prep
Tools that employ student’s critical thinking skills while preparing for tests to help them become strategic test takers.
—Guide to Using Criteria Tables: A teacher guide that outlines how criteria tables can help your students employ higher-level thinking when analyzing multiple-choice questions.
—Multiple-Choice Criteria Tables*: Student can use these to analyze multiple-choice questions before selecting an answer.
—Summary Criteria Table*: Student use this criteria table to select the best summary of a passage out of four provided summaries.
—Vocabulary Criteria Table*: Students analyze context to determine the meanings of unknown words.
—Main Idea Criteria Tables*
—Criteria Table Template: Students (or the teacher) create their own criteria for evaluating a multiple-choice question.
—Multiple-Choice Question Template: Students craft their own multiple-choice question.
*These criteria tables are meant to be used in conjunction with existing multiple-choice questions, the product DOES NOT include testing passages or questions.
AVAILABLE AS PART OF A READING WORKSHOP BUNDLE
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Reading Workshop Guide & Toolkit BUNDLE
Other Reading Workshop Resources:
Reading Workshop Roadmap
Establishing Structured Independent Reading
Reading Notebooks & Reading Response
Book Talks: Building a Reading Culture
33 Reading Behavior Mini-Lessons
Guide to Read Alouds & Genre Study
Crafting Effective Guided Reading Lessons
Planning & Implementing Literature Study
FREE Guide to Reading Conferences
Looking for an organized, cohesive curriculum for the reading workshop classroom? Take a look at these genre study units:
I am creating a series of genre units that include read alouds, mini-lessons and lesson extensions (guided practice). The lessons cover the common core and increase in complexity with each genre. Together they will form an in-depth, cohesive reading curriculum—perfect for the reading workshop classroom! The first unit is available now:
Realistic Fiction Unit Bundle: Grades 3-4
Realistic Fiction Unit Bundle: Grades 5-6