Monday, September 30, 2013

Smarter Balanced Practice Test

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has released practice tests for grades 3-8, and 11.  You can check them out here.  In order to see the entire test you will need to answer the questions.  A simple ABC or xxx will do. 

I will be meeting with a fabulous group of teachers today to look at the performance tasks.  We will decide what teachers and students need to do in order to prepare for these tasks.  I will update with the anchor charts!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Annotation and Close Reading


I love this poster!  Reading with a pencil is a great way to look at annotating!  Thinking out loud on paper is another way to look at it.  Our students need to THINK and write down their thoughts!
So, what do you look for when annotating?  I compiled a list of ideas from several sources. 

Here is a (Read Write Think) great lesson on annotating.  Just adapt to you grade level! 

Here is an article that explains annotation!

I could not find the credits for the poster!  Let me know if you find it!

Photos are great to "read" with a pencil!  Creating captions from your ideas is fun!

This is a great book by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst!