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 60-120 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 (I have included page numbers for each question, guiding students on where to find text evidence).