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Genre of Test Reading

Strategies that Work - Chapter 15
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Rachel Marie

on 21 February 2013

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Transcript of Genre of Test Reading

good readers & Unlikely! "The US is in a testing frenzy." test takers We teach the genre of test
reading right before the
annual test. make a great test taker! No genre gives us a better window into the world than nonfiction. No genre is more effective at building knowledge. We get better at reading by
READING! Prezi 92,816 American public schools took at least 45 million standardized reading and math exams in 2007. Never! Build in lots of time every day
for kids to read, just read! We teach test format, pacing, key words for recognizing test questions, signal words, and general guidelines for reading through the test. Modeling Thinking During this time, our mini lessons focus on: Test Reading The Genre of Did you ever pick up a copy of a newspaper and have to answer ten fill-in-the-blank questions about the lead article? Have you ever taken a quiz on a Thanksgiving dinner recipe from the same newspaper? For kids, however, test reading has taken on greater importance than ever before. This number jumped to 56 million in 2008. Read, read, read, read, read to... These tests are not going anywhere fast... ...adjust + ...understand Being a Taking a test requires some skills and strategies that are quite
distinct from the ongoing reading we do every day. Flood the room with nonfiction So, what are some effective things we can do all year long to build terrific readers, as well as, better test takers? "There is no better way to build background knowledge in school than to read broadly. Reading extensively also builds stamina, which readers really need when they meet challenging text, as well as when they sit for the standardized tests. And in terms of acquiring vocabulary, you don't need good vocabulary to read, you get good vocabulary by reading. Extensive reading builds vocabulary, which is critical in life as well as on the test! The more we read, the better get. page 240 If students are able to construct meaning by using the strategies, then they are able to move on. Reading strategically is imperative to becoming a good reader as well as a decent test taker. "When readers apply comprehension strategies, they are more likely to bridge the background knowledge gap that so often derails meaning. Teach comprehension strategies! Since reading is about purpose and once a year the purpose of reading is to pass a test... Build all year long! Big picture Read the passage and answer the get the quickly Teach the Elements of Genres Teach it so kids better understand it... Teach it so kids can become familiar with it... Teach it so kids can anticipate what is to come... Confidence! Know the format Justify
answers "Beat the test" Know rules details details limit Know time how? ... thoughtful practice Be familiar with the style and set up Use your background knowledge. Pay close attention to the first paragraph. Questions Practical test-taking strategies to help navigate tests... good reader does not always Teach text features and visual features and ensure that kids understand we can get a lot of information just by scanning the elements! Teach Signal Words Surprisingly
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In conclusion Practice test items in timed situations Be familiar with quirky test
rules and details Most of the reading on tests will be nonfiction. Look for and carefully read directions. Skim and scan! Review the Questions Read the questions first.

Underline key words! Reread to clarify understanding. Don't over infer.
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