This is a much-needed resource for teachers who want their elementary and middle school students to be confident test takers, but who also want to avoid 'teaching to the test' all year. Denstaedt, Kelly, and Kryza provide a practical, 3-week unit of test-taking skills that will help teachers prepare students for tests using methods that are engaging and meaningful to students in Grades 3u8. Their fun approach teaches a set of effective metacognitive skills that transfer out of the classroom into students' lives and allows teachers to raise the appeal of test-taking as well as limit its domination of classroom time. This book is full of reproducible resources such as planning guides, models and examples of self-talk and think-alouds, annotated state exams, and more. The strategies help students excel at different types of test formats, including:Reading and analyzing textsMultiple choice questionsTrue-or-false questionsConstructed response writingWriting to a promptThe authors' analysis of state tests from around the country, which extrapolates the thinking and responding tasks that learners are expected to accomplish, will be invaluable to educators at all levels.
"Arming your students with this game plan will lead to victory on test day. These well-defined writing and reading strategies will positively impact students' scores." -- Cheryl Yocum, English Language Arts Consultant
"This book provides teachers with specific units for intentionally developing students' ability to show what they know rather than show that they know how to take tests. It provides tools and information that make it easy for teachers to develop units based on their own state tests. By employing the strategies in this book, teachers will level the playing field for all our students and make high-stakes test taking a game of knowledge rather than a game of chance." -- Mary McConnell, School Improvement Facilitator
"Every teacher must read this book and teach these strategies immediately. I am seeing awesome results in my students' test scores, and they want more strategies. Learning is making sense to them! This book has changed my teaching." -- Maria Hirsch, Language Arts Teacher
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the Authors1. Coaching Test Thinkers2. Test-Reading Strategies3. Question-Answering Strategies4. Constructed Response Questions5. Writing to a Prompt6. Preparing to Use This Unit of StudyResourcesReferencesIndex