Power Strategies to Prepare Writers for the State Assessment
Standardized tests assess students’ reading comprehension through writing. Consequently, teachers cannot just deliver explicit instruction on reading skills and strategies. To demonstrate mastery, students must be able to articulate their thinking rooted in textual evidence and presented within coherent writing.
This one-day workshop will provide essential test insights and lesson concepts that are rooted in the ELA standards and aligned with the Ohio AIR expectations. More specifically, learn practical, best-practice strategies to:
Prepare for a variety of passages & anticipate the tasks.
- Juggle multiple texts.
- Decode vocabulary within questions & prompts.
Root thinking in textual evidence.
- Make inferences about complex texts .
- Discern evidence versus details.
- Explain evidence thoroughly with constructed responses.
Synthesize ideas within extended responses.
- Respond to a literary-analysis task.
- Respond to a research-writing task.
Three reasons to attend this workshop
1. High-stakes testing affects everyone.
How students perform on standardized reading and writing tests has far-reaching implications for students, teachers, and schools. Insights into the requirements for test success are needed now more than ever before.
2. Success on standardized tests is only part of the goal.
With mastery of academic standards as the ultimate goal, targeted and intentional preparation for the state assessment helps students improve as readers and writers for the test and beyond.
3. Success on the test requires explicit instruction.
Courtney Gordon will share strategies to embed rigorous reading and writing instruction into your yearlong curriculum so that students are equipped with the most essential literacy skills.
About the presenter:
Known both for her enthusiasm and expertise in the areas of reading and writing, Courtney Gordon is a dynamic presenter whose practical strategies resonate with teachers across the K-12 spectrum. Courtney taps into her own classroom experience as a middle school language arts teacher as she guides K-12 teachers toward effective instruction in reading and writing. A full-time consultant with Smekens Education, she provides customized on-site support to schools throughout the Midwest and has helped thousands of teachers apply research-based strategies in their classrooms.