English Language Arts Examination: January 2018

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Excerpts from classic novels make great material for standardized tests. A sample English language arts examination, part of a larger set of assessments, mixes excerpts from classic novels and more modern texts. The test includes three sections: multiple choice, source-based argument, and text analysis response. Answer keys provide sample responses to the open-source argument prompt and the text analysis prompt, which is based on an excerpt from a piece by Sherwood Anderson.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use annotation strategies to mark up the excerpt from Sherwood Anderson, and then model using the annotations to write a response
  • Turn the source-based argument into a debate and challenge scholars to use evidence from the texts in their responses
Classroom Considerations
  • The assessment suggests a three-hour time limit
  • Includes scoring keys, rubrics, and conversion charts to make scoring easier
  • Provides clear instructions for test-takers
  • Uses numbers rather than letters for multiple choice options, which may become confusing