Reflection: A Practice Test: Language Use and Text Structure - Section 1: Do Now: Gather Materials


Still not sold on allowing students to use notes? Let me share a few observations and comments from several years of note use.

First, I often observe that while most students have their notes at hand, those students who perform best on the test rarely refer to them; they've already engrained the material in their minds. Other students refer to the notes a few times during the test. It's not as though students stare at their notes the entire time they work.

Second, students themselves like the ability to have notes handy. They have acknowledged in class feedback that even though they didn't need to use them, just having them available was a comfort AND encouraged them to take better notes. After all, if they DID need to use them, they wanted thorough notes!

  Observations of Student Note Use
  Observations of Student Note Use
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A Practice Test: Language Use and Text Structure

Unit 4: Text Structure and Language Use in Informational Texts
Lesson 16 of 17

Objective: SWBAT independently identify, analyze, and evaluate test structure and figurative language use for specific tone.

Big Idea: Are you ready? Independently analyzing text structure and language use.

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English / Language Arts, nonfiction (analysis), Nonfiction Literature, text structure, figurative language, tone, Self
  45 minutes
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