We have been looking at the released questions, specifically the questions that ask about writing strategies. They are different than the comprehension questions, and require different thinking skills, so we created this little chart in our notebooks.
|Sorry for the terrible picture. I did this on my easel white board.|
We then looked at one released passage with three questions. We literally took 30 minutes to complete these three questions. I really wanted the students to dissect the question, re-write it, circle key words, and figure out WHY the incorrect answers were wrong. We also took some time to see where they fit within the realm of the "Writing" section.
All in all, I think my students are really grasping the evidence stuff. One of the aides told me the other day that when my students come in to her they are always talking about how they have to "mess up" their papers and show their evidence before they can do anything else! At least something is rubbing off on them! ;)
What are you doing for test prep? Any strategies you can share with us?