Thursday, April 24, 2008

Achievement Vocabulary

Tune up that achievement vocabulary. "What," you say, "is achievement vocabulary?" Certain words are contained in Achievement Test questions. Now, I am not going to say that their only purpose is to challenge students, but they sure make the questions harder to understand.

Why say: How does the ending show what the writer felt?

When you could say: Analyze how the author's purpose is defined throughout the conclusion. Use detailed description to illustrate your position.

Now, I get that this is a reading test, but geesh, ask the question! It almost seems like the test writers from the Ohio Department of Education find the most difficult way possible to ask a question.

Anyhow, today we looked at specific words necessary to understand test questions. You can view most of the words at the Reading Workshop Wikipage. Students studied in rotating four person groups and then we had the big challenge. Students played Around the World, defining the words.

Congratulations to the winners: Shayna T., Micah L., Connor H., and Shelby C.

7 comments:

Molly VanCuren said...

If I had not been put on the spot for the questions, i could have won!

Anonymous said...

Good job people I forget your names but owell nice job!!

Emily S (em n em) said...

Yesterday it was so fun standing behind our chairs and saying the definitions of words and putting them in a sentence sometimes. But when it came down to me and Shelby and you gave me a word that I didn't know it was hard to think about. Even though I lost you still gave me a piece of candy for doing a good job. Thank You Mr.McGuire

Molly VanCuren said...

I think that when the class had to go behind the chairs, it was a good way of practicing for the Achievement test, because on we don't know what's going to be on the test, and we didn't know what word you were going to have us define or put into some question. And if I do get an "A" or "B" on the Achievement test, then I would want it to be for a grade, like you had predicted.

Kari w said...

I almost won by "what the author's trying to prove" I meant like a lesson! I just couldn't think of the word!!!=D

katie w said...

Hey good job to all of the winners and nice try to all of the people who tried.

katie w said...

That game was really fun for me. I hope we can play it again and hopefully this time I don't get stuck with the hard word.