10 multiple choice questions each 1 extended-response item
One of these sessions will be a pilot.
Session 2 3
Test questions are written by Illinois teachers to align to Framework Objectives.
5 Framework IssuesStudents Across the State seem to have difficulty with items that address these topics
Mood and tone
Point of view
6 Literacy at Home
Spend at least 20 minutes a day reading to
or with your child.
Have your child retell a story to you or a
Read newspaper and magazine articles.
idea authors purpose and vocabulary.
7 Main Idea
What is the story about
What are the big ideas in the paragraph or passage
What were the main points of the program (TV)
Write a paragraph telling the main points of a story passage or TV show. In addition to the main points the paragraph should include supporting details.
9 Functional Passages
Maps (Newspaper-weather maps internet)
Charts/Graphs (Newspaper-Sports section surveys)
Advertisements for upcoming events (circus ice shows games etc)
Speak to your child using the same words as you would use with other adults
Dont underestimate their ability to understand
Review affixes/word parts and their meanings
11 The Best Practice
12 What is ReadingExtended Response Third-Eighth grade students in the state of Illinois are currently asked to write two extended-responses to reading questions as part of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT). Extended-response items require students to demonstrate an understanding of a passage by explaining key ideas using textual evidence and by using this information to draw conclusions or make connections to other situations. 13 ReadingExtended Response Students ability to make analogies and synthesize information on this portion of the ISAT reading test makes up 10 of their final score. Students papers are scored on a four point scale. Children must score a three or a four to meet the standard. 14 Reading Extended Response Sample Questions
How have pigs been useful animals throughout history Explain your answer using information in the article and your own ideas.
Explain how and why the peoples feelings about the dolphin change in the story. Use information from the story and your own ideas to support your answer.
Extended Response questions are directly related to a specific text that the students have read.
15 Important Aspects of a Student Response to an Extended Response
Dont just write a summary or a retelling of the passage.
To demonstrate a thorough understanding of the text a student needs to infer.
To infer is to build meaning.
Build meaning by connecting what you know with the text.
16 Important Aspects of a Student Response to an Extended Response
Address the question and address the requirements of the rubric.
Be sure you have written enough.
To move beyond a summary or retelling work with students on self-questioning strategies
How can I connect to what the author is telling me to understand something better
What does this author want me to understand
What do I need to remember to make sense of this text
How has this author changed what I understand
Grade 3 Expository (1 session)
Grade 5 Expository (1 session)
Grade 6 Narrative Persuasive
Grade 8 Narrative Persuasive
Time for each Session
(10 extra if needed)
19 EXPOSITORY WRITING
Presents factual information
Explaining defining describing informing
Providing supporting reasons examples facts
Maintaining a clear focus
Ending with an effective conclusion
20 NARRATIVE WRITING
Tells a story in logical order by
Using specific details to explain one event
Including the authors reactions
Moving through time
Writing a beginning middle end
21 PERSUASIVE WRITING
Takes a position for or against a topic
Maintaining the clear position throughout
Using facts examples to support the position
Convincing the reader to believe or act
Including an effective conclusion
How Can I Help My Child
23 Talk to your child aboutMultiple Choice Questions.Direct them to
Ask for help if they do not understand the directions.
Read the question and all answer choices before marking anything.
24 Multiple Choice QuestionsTell your child
Do not change their answers unless they are very uncertain about their first answer choice.
Try to answer every question. Make the most intelligent guess they can.
25 Pace ThemselvesDirect your child to
Not spend too much time on any one question. Do their best and then move on.
Answer the easiest questions first but be sure to go back to those questions they skipped.
26 Talk to your child aboutThe Process of Elimination
After they have been through all of the questions once go back and find questions they have some knowledge about and eliminate choices that they know are incorrect.
27 Talk to your child aboutThe Process of Elimination
If they can eliminate two wrong answers their chance of choosing the right answer is greater.
28 Skip Return CheckTell your child
If they finish early check to make sure they have answered all questions.
29 Communication is KEY!
Make sure they understand what the question is asking.
Be sure they are responding to the question that is being asked.
30 Reading Passages
If the test requires your child to read passages and then answer questions about what they read
read the questions first.
By doing this they will know what
they are looking for as they read.
This also helps them go faster on
31 Math Computation
When using scratch paper on a math test double check to make sure that they have copied the problem correctly from the test booklet!
32 Math Computation
Line up place value correctly on their scratch paper (thousands hundreds tens ones) or the answer will be incorrect.
33 Math Computation
If their answer does not match one of the choices reread the problem recopy the numbers and try solving it again.
34 Its About Time
Dont spend too much time rewriting or obsessing about neatness.
35 Final Tips
DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING BLANK
Fill in bubbles fully write neatly and erase stray marks.
Double-check the test number in your test booklet against the answer sheet every few questions to be sure you havent gotten on the wrong number.
36 Thank you Mr. Know-it-all!
Remember its okay not to know everything unlike class tests these tests will have some questions designed to challenge the limits of your knowledge at a grade level above your current grade.
37 Literacy at Home
Spend at least 20 minutes a day reading to or with your child.
Have your child retell a story to you or a sibling.
Read newspaper and magazine articles. Discuss the main idea authors purpose and vocabulary.
38 Math at Home
Have your child(ren) assist you when you are preparing a meal that requires that you use a recipe.
While shopping at the grocery store encourage your child(ren) to determine the cost of the entire bill before you reach the cashier.
39 Twas the Night Before Testing
Go to bed on time.
Talk to your child(ren) about any concerns that they might have about the test.
Keep conflicts to a minimum
40 The Morning of Testing
Start your childs day as you always do.
Have your child eat a good breakfast (not too heavy a heavy breakfast can make you sleepy)
41 READING IS THE GATEWAY TO ALL OTHER LEARNINGBARACK OBAMA
Develop a passion for learning. If you do you will never cease to grow.
Anthony J. DAngelo The College Blue Book
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