English Language Arts Examination: June 2017

Plants prefer classical music to rock and roll. That's one of the claims in an informational passage that makes up part of a set of standardized assessment questions. The set is part of a larger collection of English language arts tests from different months and years. As part of the question set, test-takers answer 24 multiple-choice questions, write a source-based argument, and complete a text analysis response. All questions connect with one- and two-page reading passages (both informational and fiction).

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Review how to take notes and/or annotate informational texts in preparation for writing a source-based argument
Classroom Considerations

  • Answer keys contain Common Core alignment for individual questions
  • Allow up to three hours for students to complete the assessment
Pros

  • Answer keys feature detailed rubrics and sample responses
  • Lists guidelines to focus writing for the argumentative response
Cons

  • Mentions recording answers on an answer sheet, but one doesn't appear in the question file