Reflection: Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced) What Am I Being Asked to Do: Detail or Whole Picture Questions - Section 2: Main Activity


Students should have to skills to interprete the main idea or theme of a text as well as identify specific information before a standardized test comes into the picture. However, for some students the assessment questions themselves can through them off. When students are use to discussing a text in authentic and important ways then it can be confusing to departmentalize each way of talking about a text and specifically answer is the way the test makers want you to.

Therefore its really important to review the skills that students already have through the lens of assessment questions. Remind students that they should already be confident in what they know about reading well and that they will be using those same skills. The only difference is that they have to chose which skill to use based on the question being asked. 

  Three Types of Questions on Standardized Test
  Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced): Three Types of Questions on Standardized Test
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What Am I Being Asked to Do: Detail or Whole Picture Questions

Unit 8: Genre of Assessment
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: SWBAT identify assessment questions that ask for specific information and questions that ask for the theme or big idea.

Big Idea: Students who can determine what sort of question they are being asked are better able to find the correct information in the text.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Comprehension (Reading), detail (Composition), test, 4th grade, question, Reading assessment, Fourth Grade, types of question, state assessment, assessment, rubric, narrative structure, short answer
  30 minutes
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