Friday, April 16, 2010

Achievement Strategies

 As the day of achievement testing fast approaches, students brainstormed a list of strategies that would lead to success on the test.

Strategies for Reading
  • Read the questions before the passage
  • Read the title
  • Look at word banks and subtitles
  • Skim to get an idea of what the passage is about
  • Reread 
  • Look for the W's (who, what, when, where, why, and how)
  • Use prior knowledge
  • Visualize--Picture what you are reading
  • Underline/highlight important information

Strategies for Word Attack
  • Circle words you don't understand
  • Substitute words you don't know
  • Sound out words
  • Cross out unneeded adjectives and adverbs
  • Make connections
  • Look at root words
  • Look at prefixes/suffixes
  • Use Context Clues

Strategies for Answering Questions
  • Find Your Answers in the Passage
  • Mark in the passage where you found the answer
  • Restate the Question
  • Look at how many points the answer is worth
  • Number your response
  • Use words from the text
  • Use specific details from the text
  • Always give at least one extra example/detail
  • Answer what the question is asking
  • Answer in complete sentences
  • Look at other questions for clues
  • Eliminate multiple choice answers that don't make sense
  • Reread the question and double check answers
  • Recheck answers in the passage
  • Write neatly so the grader can understand your answer
  • When finished, check PUGS to make it easier to grade