Unit: Test Prep: Skills Based

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Unit Description

This unit is focused on skills needed to be successful on the DC-CAS test at the end of the year. The unit is structured around a five day cycle. Day one is what good readers do, day two is focused on fiction, day three is non-fiction, day four is a testing strategy for those types of questions, and day five is a mini-assessment. The six skills covered in this unit are identify details, analyze details, main ideas, author's purpose, poetry, and procedural text.

Lessons

Reading with purpose Resources: 2

SWBAT set a purpose for reading by coming up with questions and answering questions as they read.

7,412
Identify Details: Fiction Resources: 6

Students will be able to answer identify details questions by using their knowledge of sequence.

5,897
Identify Details: Non-Fiction Resources: 4

Students will be able to answer identify details questions in a non-fiction text using knowledge of headings.

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Understanding questions on a test Resources: 4

Students will be able to rephrase a question in order to understand what details they should locate in a text.

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Assessment on Identify Details Resources: 2

Students will be able to demonstrate mastery of strategies taught to answer identify detail questions.

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Inferences with background knowledge Resources: 1

Students will be able to make inference using evidence from a text and background knowledge.

7,117
Fiction Inferences Resources: 2

Students will be able to make inferences about characters in a fiction text.

12,089
Non-fiction Big Ideas Resources: 2

Students will be able to infer big ideas about a non-fiction article.

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Eliminating distraction answers Resources: 1

Students will be able to eliminate answer choices to correctly answer analyze detail questions.

1,846
Asssess on analyze details and draw conclusions Resources: 1

Students will demonstrate mastery of strategies taught to correctly answer analyze details questions.

2,211
Main Idea: Strategies Resources: 3

Students will use a variety of strategies to determine the main idea of a text.

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Chunking Text: Fiction Resources: 2

Students will be able to chunk a fiction text into smaller sections to find the main idea.

11,258
Using headings to find main idea in NF Resources: 2

Students will find the main idea of each section in a non-fiction text.

5,232
Eliminating interesting details to select the main idea Resources: 2

Students will eliminate answer choices on a test to select the main idea of a passage.

2,029
Assess on main ideas Resources: 1

Students will demonstrate mastery on a main idea assessment.

3,521
Author's Purpose overview Resources: 3

Students will be able to define the three types of author's purpose.

2,792
Story Elements: Entertain Resources: 2

Students will be able to use their knowledge of story elements to determine the author's purpose of a story.

2,824
Compare and contrast persuasive and informative writing Resources: 1

Students will be able to use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast two types of writing.

7,758
Author's Purpose: Testing Examples Resources: 1

Students will be able to answer multiple choice test questions based on the author's purpose for writing.

5,228
Assess on Author's Purpose Resources: 1

Students will demonstrate mastery of skills taught during the week-long study of author's purpose.

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Figurative Language Overview Resources: 1

Students will review metaphors and similes for assessment in poetry.

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Meaning of Poetry Resources: 1

Students will find the main idea of a poem.

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Assess on Poetry Resources: 1

Students will look at sample test questions and practice test-taking strategies to answer questions about poetry.

3,229
Procedural Text: Sequence Resources: 2

Students will be able to sequence a procedural text.

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Goals of Procedural Texts Resources: 2

Students will write a procedural text detailing how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. They will also evaluate a partners directions.

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Assess on Procedural Text Resources: 3

Students will answer example test-questions based on procedural texts.

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