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First Day to Test Day

A Road Map to Accelerate Student Learning & Prepare for Standardized Tests



Juggle reader voices

Apply reader voices to all text types.

Record the Thinking Voice.

STEP 1: Purpose of Annotation

STEP 2: Purpose of Annotation

STEP 3: Purpose of Annotation

STEP 4: Purpose of Annotation

Make inferences about implied ideas

Model how to make inferences about text.

Identify relevant text  details

Define what makes a detail relevant.

Analyze the question/prompt to determine
the type of details to scan the text for.

Support students as they learn to make inferences.

Root inferences in evidence

Prepare students to provide 2-part answers.

Explain that all details are not evidence.

Target “best” and “most likely” answers.

Smoky Row Elementary teacher Barb Mahnesmith guides her fifth graders to analyze multiple-choice questions and answers.

Note the important or key words that would alter the meaning of each statement.

Guide students to eliminate wrong answers in multiple-choice questions.

PDF Smartboard | Promethean
Resources for additional practice | Google Doc | PowerPoint

Teacher Katie Powell at Southmont Jr. HS (Crawfordsville, IN,) created the bullseye with floor tape. She gave groups “answer” index cards to place face down within the target. Then, they had a “big reveal.”

Create your own technology-enhanced questions.

Search or create technologically-enhanced questions utilizing over 30 different formats.

Access interactive online activities that simulate the tasks students see on standardized assessments.

Utilize Quizizz for frequent formative assessment