The FCAT is the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, and a few years ago, used to have a written section. The written section was designed for students to demonstrate knowledge of a piece of text, through text-based written responses. Although the FCAT removed the written section, I still felt it imperative that students learn this skill.
These questions are about pages 1-72 in The Battle of Jericho, and within their responses, students are asked to:
(1) Rephrase the question into a sentence to show understanding of the question.
(2) Answer the question.
(3) Give a piece of text evidence to back up your answer.
(4) Sum everything up into a concluding sentence.
This lesson takes students about one class period (40-45 minutes), depending on writing level and how well they know the novel (it takes some students more time to actually find the text evidence if they are not very familiar with the novel).