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Copy of Grade 7 Writing STAAR

The basics of the Grade 7 Writing STAAR exam.

Sarah Sandle

on 17 March 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Grade 7 Writing STAAR

7th Grade Writing STAAR (demystified) the Format 46 multiple choice 3 compositions equally split between revising and editing personal narrative and expository & 6 of the multiple choice and 1 of the compositions are field tests and
will not be scored.

Students will not know which questions/prompts are field tests and
thus should treat them ALL as scored. 2-day
administration Day 1

Revising and Editing 1 Composition (46 multiple choice) (expository OR personal narrative) Day 2 2 compositions expository and personal narrative The Content Readiness and Supporting TEKS
(see handout, "Eligible Texas Knowledge and Skills") Revising and Editing passages
with multiple choice questions (fiction, literary non-fiction,
expository, persuasive) Compositions limited to 26 lines

one page for the prompt
one blank page (front and back, no lines)
for pre-writing and drafting
one page with 26 lines for final draft SPACE PROVIDED in test booklet on back of
answer document NO adding lines
NO continuing beyond
given space (4 hours) (4 hours) 14b, 14c, 14d, 16a, 17a, 14c, 17a, 18a, 18c, 14d, 19a, 19b, 19c, 20a, 20b, 21a on dictionaries Dictionaries must be
available to all students
taking STAAR reading AND
writing assessments. minimum 1 for every 5 students thesauruses are allowable, but not required allowable types:
dictionary/thesaurus combo
sign language the Resources From TEA:

(the exact rubric to be used
in composition scoring)

(a visual look at the make-up of the test)
(shows total number of questions per reporting
category/type of standard/test)
(reveals ANY and ALL TEKS that
will be assessed on the test)
(the exact rubric to be used
in composition scoring)
(a preview of what to expect on the test) Test Design Blueprint Eligible TEKS Expository Writing Rubric Personal Narrative
Writing Rubric Released Selections &
Test Questions Armed &
Dangerous (implications
for the classroom) Begin familiarizing students with the
STAAR test format and wording: As a product, show students
how their activity/learning from the
day translates into a STAAR question Get students comfortable with
26-line compositions: Practice writing concise, purposeful compositions using just the front of a piece of notebook paper (single-spaced). Pull back the curtain Give the students copies of the rubric to keep
in their notebooks. Encourage students to use
them when writing. (Put in student-friendly language/checklist if you'd like.)

Allow students to "score" writing (their own OR peers') using the rubrics. Require them to cite evidence supporting the score they give. Foster active proofreaders Empower students to edit/proofread
EVERYTHING. Offer praise anytime they
find an error. Try "accidentally" making an error on the board -
you know they love calling you out! : ) Discuss expository versus
personal narrative writing Expository writing has a thesis and supporting details.
Narrative writing tells a story and has characters,
setting, plot, and conflict. AVOID formulaic writing per TEA, "the organizing structure is appropriate
to the purpose and responsive to the demands
of the prompt," NOT a set format Now let's take a look at the rubric.
What are the key components to
a score point 4? So, how do we coach students
on organization? Look at different expository prompts. Note how
they require different formats and advise students
to accomodate accordingly.

Consider the plot "mountain"
format for personal narrative. Questions? Exams are administered
in 4-hour blocks of time Teacher instructions and distribution of materials are not included in the 4-hour limit.
Water breaks, bathroom breaks, snack breaks, and short mental and physical breaks DO NOT stop the clock.
Lunch, medical and other emergencies, and consolidation or movement of students to another testing area DO stop the clock.
Students may move
freely between the multiple
choice (Revising and Editing)
and Composition portions of
the examwithin the
4 hour limit. from lead4ward: STAAR Snapshot
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