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Winning Strategies for Test Taking, Grades 3-8

Winning Strategies for Test Taking, Grades 3-8
A Practical Guide for Teaching Test Preparation

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May 2009 | 144 pages | Corwin
Winning Strategies for Test Taking provides a practical, three-week unit of test taking skills that makes the most efficient use of classroom time and uses commonsense strategies that are engaging for students in Grades 3–8. The authors' fun approach raises the appeal of test taking and teaches effective metacognitive skills that transfer beyond the classroom into students' lives.

Full of reproducible resources such as planning guides, models, examples of think-alouds, annotated state exams, and more, this book shows how to help students excel at different types of test formats, including

Reading and analyzing texts

Multiple choice questions

True-or-false questions

Constructed response writing

Writing to a prompt

Meet the demands of high-stakes testing and develop students' confidence to conquer the challenges of test taking in the classroom and decision making throughout their lives.

About the Authors
1. Coaching Test Thinkers
2. Test-Reading Strategies
3. Question-Answering Strategies
4. Constructed Response Questions
5. Writing to a Prompt
6. Preparing to Use This Unit of Study

"Arming your students with this game plan will lead to victory on test day. These well-defined writing and reading strategies will positively impact students' scores."

Cheryl Yocum, English Language Arts Consultant
Wayne RESA, MI

"This book provides teachers with specific units for intentionally developing students' ability to show what they know rather than show that they know how to take tests. It provides tools and information that make it easy for teachers to develop units based on their own state tests. By employing the strategies in this book, teachers will level the playing field for all our students and make high-stakes test taking a game of knowledge rather than a game of chance."

Mary McConnell, School Improvement Facilitator

"Every teacher must read this book and teach these strategies immediately. I am seeing awesome results in my students' test scores, and they want more strategies. Learning is making sense to them! This book has changed my teaching."

Maria Hirsch, Language Arts Teacher
Fort Middle School, Columbus, GA

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

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ISBN: 9781412967037