PSSA Test Prep-Lesson 3

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PSSA Test Prep-Lesson 3

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  1. Test Taking Strategies: Active Reading

    Slide 1 - Test Taking Strategies: Active Reading

    • Use your reading strategies!
    • Take notes!
    • In your notes, highlight or write down the main idea, key words and details, etc.
    • In your notes, write down questions, comments, personal connections, etc.
    • Read in chunks (a little bit at a time) and then ask yourself, what is happening in this part.
    • Remember that if you’re not able to jot down any ideas or thoughts, or you can’t give a brief summary of your passage, then REREAD it!
  2. Text Dependent Analysis Question a.k.a.Constructed Response

    Slide 3 - Text Dependent Analysis Question a.k.a.Constructed Response

    • 1. Read the quotation from Winston Churchill:
    • “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
    • Write an essay analyzing how the author responds to her surroundings, reflecting the truth of this statement. Use evidence from the letter to support your response.
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  3. Writing Prompt Question

    Slide 4 - Writing Prompt Question

  4. Read the prompt or “essay” question before you start reading the passage that you’re writing about or before you start writing in general.

    Slide 5 - Read the prompt or “essay” question before you start reading the passage that you’re writing about or before you start writing in general.

    • Highlight or underline things you are asked to do, statements like:
    • Explain the main idea…
    • Describe the character…
    • Use 3 examples from the passage…
    • Keep the prompt in the back on your mind while you are reading/writing.
    • During reading, you can mark places in the passage that you could use in your response.
    • Testing Taking Strategies: Constructed Response or Writing Prompt
  5. Constructed response example:

    Slide 6 - Constructed response example:

    • Give a word or phrase that describes both the student and the school representative. Use at least one example from each editorial to explain your response.
    • Give a word or phrase that describes both the student and the school representative. Use at least one example from each editorial to explain your response.
    • Testing Taking Strategies: Constructed Response
  6. Testing Taking Strategies: Writing Prompt

    Slide 7 - Testing Taking Strategies: Writing Prompt

    • Write an argumentative essay for your teacher supporting your claim about which subject your school should choose for additional classes and why it would benefit students more than other subjects. Use evidence and reasons to support your argument.
    • Write an argumentative essay for your teacher supporting your claim about which subject your school should choose for additional classes and why it would benefit students more than other subjects. Use evidence and reasons to support your argument.
    • Writing prompt example:
  7. After the Test

    Slide 8 - After the Test

    • You’ve finished your test, now what?
    • Go back and review that you’ve answered ALL questions.
    • Erase all stray marks and smudges.
    • Close your book and give yourself a pat on the back!
  8. Slide 9

    • We discussed how to be physically and mentally prepared for the PSSAs.
    • We reviewed each section of the ELA test.
    • We reviewed the different types of questions you will see on the ELA test.
    • We reviewed test taking strategies to answer the different types of questions.
    • Summary
  9. Understand why you’re taking the PSSAs

    Slide 10 - Understand why you’re taking the PSSAs

    • Understand what you will see on the PSSAs
    • Identify different types of questions:
    • Multiple choice
    • Constructed response
    • Identify and apply test taking strategies
    • Review ObjectivesCan you do it?
  10. You’re going to kick the PSSAs in the butt!

    Slide 11 - You’re going to kick the PSSAs in the butt!

    • What’s Next?