ELA Test Prep Page

"C.U.C.C."

Here is a building-wide strategy for approaching tests (for any subject):


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"H.I.D.D.E.N."

Here is a strategy for both short- and extended-response writing tasks:


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Additional Info...

2014 - GRADE 8 - NYS ELA TEST FORMAT

100% of points earned will require “close reading”

45% of points earned will require “writing and command of language”


Day 1 (90 Minutes)

Book 1: 6 Passages, 42 Multiple Choice Questions



Day 2(90 Minutes)

Book 2 – Reading: 1 Passage, 7 Multiple Choice Questions

Book 2 – Writing: 2 Passages, 3 Short Responses, 1 Extended Response



Day 3(90 Minutes)

Book 4: 3 Passages, 5 Short Responses, 1 Extended Response



Total # of Literary Passages: 3-8

Total # of Informational Passages: 4-10




Multiple Choice Strategies (Days 1 & 2 – 49 Total MC Questions)

- Read the questions first!

- Highlight or underline key details in the passage(s) as you read.

- Take margin notes/mark up the passages wherever helpful.

- Read all the answer choices before making a decision.

- Eliminate obvious wrong answers.
- Re-read the passage(s), or parts of the passage(s), when necessary.
Remember how much more you understood during our close readings when you read a second and third time – it’s worth it!

*NEW Strategy – Prove it to yourself!
1) Go back to the passage and locate the answer. 2) Highlight the portion of text where you find the answer. 3) Number it with the question number that it answers.


Short Response Strategies(Days 2 & 3 – 8 Total Short Responses)

- Highlight or underline key details in the passage as you read.
- Take margin notes/mark up the passages wherever helpful.
- Use C.U.C.C. to break down the task(s).
- Use HIDDEN to construct your response.
- Re-read the passage(s), or parts of the passage(s) if necessary.
- Remember the last C in C.U.C.C.! Check your work!



Extended Response Strategies (Days 2 & 3 – 2 Total Extended Responses)

- Highlight or underline key details in the passage as you read.

- Take margin notes/mark up the passages wherever helpful.

- Use C.U.C.C. to break down the task(s) and determine how many paragraphs you need. If there are bullets, they can help you figure out the task(s) as well.

- PLAN your response(s) using the Essay Map.

- Use HIDDEN to construct your response:

  • Your first paragraph should contain a HOOK and an INTRODUCTION (restate).
  • Your body paragraph(s) should contain text-based DETAILS, DIRECT QUOTES, and EXPLANATIONS that connect your details to your point/claim.
  • Your final paragraph should bring your response to an obvious closing by sharing a NEW UNDERSTANDING, or leaving the reader with something new to think about.

- Re-read the passage(s), or parts of the passage(s) if necessary.

- Remember the last C in C.U.C.C.! Check your work!

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Types of Multiple-Choice Questions


1) “Right There” / Recall
The information can be found right there in the text. The answer can be quoted directly from the text. The reader should go back and find the answer.


2) Summary
The information is based on the text, but requires the reader to generalize what about the text is important or emphasized.
Key words: “Mostly about” or “Main idea”


3) Analysis
The information is in the text but requires the reader to compare or contrast a range of information. This may include analyzing or sorting information in the text and may require the reader to correctly read / complete a graphic organizer.

4) Inference
The information is implied in the text but not directly written. The reader must take information from the text and read beyond the text. The reader may be asked to draw a conclusion, make a prediction, use a metaphor or find a theme.

5) Vocabulary-in-Context
The reader is required to define or use a word from the text. Often the reader will be asked to identify what the word most closely means.

6) Prior KnowledgeThe reader must call to mind some knowledge that they should have learned at an earlier time. Prior knowledge questions often involve terminology or fundamental concepts from other curricular subjects.



MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS WILL FOCUS ON THE FOLLOWING:

--Central Idea/Main Idea

--Vocabulary

--Character & Plot Development

--Style Elements (Language Devices & Elements Of Fiction)

*Students will need to comprehend and make use of the whole passage to answer questions successfully.