Reflection: Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced) When Fiction and History Collide - Section 1: Partner Work



Doing test preparation seems, by definition, uninspiring.  In fact, I almost didn't want to let my students know that the questions I prepared for them in this lesson were designed after those on the Smarter Balanced assessment, afraid that it would kill the joy of learning about something new.

In spite of that, I do think it is a good idea to not only question students about what they are expected to know for standardized tests, but as close to the same manner and delivery as the standardized test as possible.  At least, sometimes.  This is definitely something I could do more of, and I will admit that my determination to make the learning in my classroom seem it's for the sake of learning and not for test preparation is what prevents me from doing this more often.  However, with so many changes in the new testing format, there is definitely a benefit to demystifying logistics whenever possible.

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When Fiction and History Collide

Unit 11: To Kill a Mockingbird Part I
Lesson 8 of 9

Objective: SWBAT address a series of Smarter Balanced modeled questions about a real life hero of the segregated south.

Big Idea: Atticus Finch, meet Judge J. Waites Waring.

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English / Language Arts, Literature, American Literature, informational text, listening, to kill a mockingbird
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