Keystone Exams 2012Algebra I – December 4th (Block 2 & 4)Literature – December 5th (Block 5 & 7)Biology – December 6th (Block 1 & 3)
Keystone Exams 2012 Each Keystone exams consist of 2 modules. You will have approximately 90 minutes per module. However, this test is untimed. Students needing extra time will finish testing in the Black Box.
Literature Keystone ExamsModule 1 – Fiction Module 2– Nonfiction 3 Passages 3 Passages 23 Multiple-choice questions 23 Multiple-choice questions ◦ Each is worth 1 point ◦ Each is worth 1 point 4 Constructed Response 4 Constructed Response Questions (aka short answer) Questions ◦ Each is worth 3 points ◦ Each is worth 3 points ◦ Responses are scored using ◦ Responses are scored using item-specific scoring guidelines item-specific scoring guidelines
Reading for Meaning – VocabularyModule 1 – Fiction & Module 2 - Nonfiction Identify and/or apply a synonym or antonym of a word used in a text. Ex - Which word is a synonym for enact? Identify how the meaning of a word is changed when an affix is added; identify the meaning of a word with an affix from a text. Ex - The prefix “in-” helps the reader know that “inexplicable” means
Reading for Meaning – VocabularyModule 1 – Fiction & Module 2 - Nonfiction Use context clues to determine or clarify the meaning of unfamiliar, multiple-meaning, or ambiguous words. Ex - “Growing up in a family that liked adventure equipped her with the skills to be gregarious in social situations.” What does the word gregarious mean as it is used in the sentence? Draw conclusions about connotations of words. Ex- “As Rafael read the first chapter of the book, he became famished to know the ending.” Which feeling is being suggested by the use of the word famished?
Reading for Meaning – Author’s PurposeModule 1 – Fiction & Module 2 - Nonfiction What is the author’s purpose in writing the passage? Which addition to the passage could best support the author’s purpose? Which statement best describes how the author’s use of the phrase “…………….” influences the reader?
Reading for Meaning – Modules 1 & 2Summarize the key details and events of atext, in part or as a whole.Read the incomplete summary of the passage.• Seagraves walks down toward the oxen.• He lies down on the ground and watches the different animals at work and at play.• Seagraves hears the neighbors as they go about their daily lives.• ________________________________________________Which sentence best completes the summary?A. Seagraves hears the cry of birds.B. Seagraves is inspired by the scenes of the land.C. Seagraves is nervous about the surrounding activity.D. Seagraves hears the sound of wagons.
Reading for Meaning – Making Inferences/Drawing conclusionsModule 1 – Fiction Module 2 – Nonfiction What does Samuel most likely do at Based on information in the passage, the end of the passage after he looks what conclusion can be made about at the landscape? apples? Which sentence from the passage Which statement from the passage best supports the generalization that best supports the generalization that beauty comes in many forms? the sport of curling requires careful strategy? Based on information in the passage, Identify and/or explain stated or why does Mrs. Allen visit different implied main ideas and relevant places in town each day? supporting details from a text. Note: Items may target specific paragraphs.
Analyzing and InterpretingModule 1 – Literature Module 2 – Nonfiction In which way are the poem In what way are the two and the passage similar? passages most similar? Which characteristic of the Which characteristic most passage best indicates to identifies the passage as readers that it is fiction rather nonfiction rather than fiction? than informational nonfiction?
Analyzing and Interpreting LiteratureModule 1 – Fiction & Module 2 – Nonfiction Setting Theme Mood/Tone Point of View Historical/Cultural Significance Based on the passage, which American cultural idea is most emphasized? A. frugality B. independence C. love for land D. respect for rights
Text OrganizationModule 2 – Nonfiction What is the main organizational structure of the passage? What effect does the text organization have on the passage? Based on information in the chart and the passage, what conclusion can be made about butterflies? How does the chart help to clarify information in the passage?
Persuasive TechniquesModule 2 – Nonfiction What does the opinion used in the sentence contribute to the passage? Which detail is least essential to the overall understanding of the passage? Which persuasive technique does the author use by including the results of a survey? Why does the author use a personal anecdote about failure?
Constructed Response Questions Read these questions FIRST then annotate the text for support/answer as you read. You will have to use evidence from the text to support your answer Reread your response and make sure it answers all parts of the question. DO NOT leave any question blank. Students can earn at least some credit by simply rewording the question as a statement in their response.
Module 1 Fiction – SamplesSample 1: Explain what the author’s purpose is for writing the passage. Use information from the passage to support your explanation.Sample 2: Read the statement from the passage.“ . . . silence was the only speech amid such splendors.”Explain the significance of this statement to the passage. Use information from the passage to support your explanation.
Module 2 Nonfiction - SamplesSample 1: Read the sentence from the passage.“New York’s compact geography and increasingly robust bicycle infrastructure make it ideally situated to reap significant transportation benefits from a bike-share program.”Explain how the author’s use of the words “compact geography” influences the reader. Use information from the passage to support your explanation.Sample 2: Analyze how the author constructs the argument in the passage. Use examples from the passage to support your analysis.
SCORING GUIDELINES3 Points• The response provides a clear, complete, and accurate answer to the task.• The response provides relevant and specific information from the passage.2 Points• The response provides a partial answer to the task.• The response provides limited information from the passage and may include inaccuracies.1 Point• The response provides a minimal answer to the task.• The response provides little or no information from the passage and may include inaccuracies.0 Points• The response is totally incorrect or irrelevant or contains insufficient information to demonstrate comprehension.
Take it seriously & Try your Best Students who do not score proficient or advanced on the December Keystones will retake them in May with the students who are taking them at the end of the course. (Bio, Alg I, or Lit) ◦ a. Pending board approval, students who do not score proficient or advanced in May will receive remediation which may impact their free periods, study halls and electives next year.
Remember Bring #2 pencils & your calculator! You are allowed to highlight or write in the text booklet! (Mark the text as you read!) You have unlimited time to take all sections.
Test Security Students are not allowed to go to their locker once testing has started. Students who must use the bathroom need to be escorted there and back. During the entire testing session, students are NOT permitted to use ANY of the following electronic devices: cell phones, iPods/MP3s, and personal laptops.
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