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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of March 17th

posted Mar 17, 2019, 8:30 PM by Courtney Richardson   [ updated Mar 17, 2019, 8:32 PM ]
Teaching Test-Taking Strategies (Part 1) 
Fantasy, mystery, biography, poetry, and informational are some of the genres we use during guided reading. Often forgotten, or maybe not considered, is teaching reading for test taking. Test taking strategies need to be taught for both reading the passage and answering the questions. This genre demands different cognitive skills that need to be taught.
First, download and print copies of the Test-Taking Strategies Cards from the Resources page of Jan’s website. There are steps for reading the passage and answering the questions.  Print the cards back to back so each student has a card to use in the lesson. 
Strategies for Reading the Passage
Step 1 - Before reading a test passage, readers should access background knowledge by previewing the text features such as the title, headings, illustrations, graphs or charts to make predictions.  This preview sets a purpose for reading. 
Step 2 – As they read the passage, students should highlight one or two key words in each paragraph. This helps them maintain focus and attention. When readers read with a pencil in hand, the result is an amped level of accountability and understanding. 
Step 3 - After reading each paragraph, students should use the key words they circled to orally summarize it. This helps them remember what they read, which will assist them when they answer the test questions.
Step 4 – Once they read the entire passage, they can use the key words to retell the entire passage. 

Written by: Karen Cangemi, Literacy Coach -