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



Clarify inference v. synthesis

Determine if the prompt requires inferring or synthesizing.

Select the appropriate tool when preparing for an extended reading response.

Both a literary analysis and argumentative analysis include the reader evaluating a single text based on multiple factors.

Synthesize multiple ideas by combining info learned from all the texts. Each synthesis needs to be based on evidence from at least two sources.

Synthesize reasons per perspective when preparing to write a persuasive or argumentative response.

The Writing-About-Reading Frames include over two dozen typical prompts seen on standardized assessments.

Decode the read-write prompt

Decode the Prompt mini-lesson

Mini-Lesson Resources PDF
Jamboards | Spiders | Solar System

Connected to Reader Voices
Grades 2-6 | Grades 6-12

Target academic vocabulary.

Students cannot accurately answer the question if they don’t understand the complex vocabulary within it.

Organize syntheses to fit the genre

Visualize body paragraphs based on genre and text structure.

Stack several constructed responses.

The Yes, MA’AM strategy can be adapted
to fit the requirements of an extended reading response.

Stacked Constructive Response Paragraphs |  Earth Day

MAAM  Google Slide | JamboardPDF
  RACE  Google Slide | Jamboard | PDF
   CER    Google Slide | Jamboard | PDF

Create a complete product

Readers generate an academic introduction and conclusion.

This Teaching Channel video introduces the parts of an essay, including how to rework the prompt to serve as the introduction.

Introduce So what? endings using a 3-course meal analogy | Appetizer | Entreé | Dessert

Provide various read-write experiences

Achieve the Core offers dozens of mini-assessments.