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WASL Fast Facts

  1. 1. Fast Facts About the Reading WASL It’s all in the details!
  2. 2. Test-Taking Strategies <ul><li>With your pencil, you may </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Underline </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Circle </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Box </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>key words and phrases in the directions, questions or story </li></ul>
  3. 3. Test-Taking Strategies <ul><li>Be sure to read all the text features such as </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>charts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>graphs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>pictures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>captions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>headings </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Test-Taking Strategies <ul><li>Check your response by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Going back to the question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be sure you have answered ALL parts of the question </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Test-Taking Strategies <ul><li>Other words used for ‘story’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Selection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poem </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Multiple Choice Responses </li></ul>
  7. 7. Approximately _____ of the reading test is multiple choice. <ul><li>20% </li></ul><ul><li>50% </li></ul><ul><li>70% </li></ul>
  8. 8. Multiple-Choice Strategies <ul><li>process of elimination </li></ul><ul><li>refer back to the text </li></ul><ul><li>double check answer choice </li></ul>Use all THREE to attack multiple choice items
  9. 9. <ul><li>Written Responses </li></ul>
  10. 10. Using these phrases can help you write effective responses <ul><li>“ In the story it says . . .” </li></ul><ul><li>“ For example . . .” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Should your response include details from the text? <ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>No </li></ul>Absolutely!
  12. 12. <ul><li>In fact, you should be able to put your finger on the words in the passage (text-based detail) you are using in your response. </li></ul>
  13. 13. In compare/contrast responses, you should use details that ______ you have read the text. <ul><li>illustrate </li></ul><ul><li>tell </li></ul><ul><li>prove </li></ul>
  14. 14. Which response would prove you have read the passage? <ul><li>Both of the characters spend time with their grandparents during the week. </li></ul><ul><li>Both of the characters are boys. </li></ul>
  15. 15. What phrase(s) states author’s purpose? <ul><li>to inform </li></ul><ul><li>to entertain </li></ul><ul><li>to persuade </li></ul><ul><li>all of the above </li></ul>
  16. 16. But . . . that’s not enough! <ul><li>You should be able to explain WHY a piece is persuasive, informative, or entertaining. AND be able to use details from the text to prove it. </li></ul>
  17. 17. It might sound like: <ul><li>The author persuades readers to recycle by telling us that each person in the U.S. throws away 1,000 pounds of trash per year. </li></ul>
  18. 18. And . . . on an “author’s purpose” multiple choice <ul><li>You need to carefully read each answer option, from beginning to end. </li></ul>
  19. 19. It might look like this: <ul><li>a. to persuade the reader to recycle </li></ul><ul><li>their garbage </li></ul><ul><li>b. to entertain with a story about </li></ul><ul><li>friends recycling their cans </li></ul><ul><li>c. to inform the reader about the amount </li></ul><ul><li>of garbage recycled per year </li></ul>
  20. 20. Which response uses details from the selection? <ul><li>Charles is adventurous because he has many adventures in the story. </li></ul><ul><li>Charles is adventurous because he visits the Grand Canyon and rides a donkey to the bottom of the canyon. </li></ul>
  21. 21. When comparing two selections, you should be sure to give: <ul><li>Two details from passage #1 </li></ul><ul><li>Two details from passage #2 </li></ul>
  22. 22. When the directions state, “use two details from each selection,…” <ul><li>A lot of students will give all their details from only one of the selections. </li></ul>
  23. 23. When asked to give two differences: <ul><li>You need to make sure you give two differences . . . </li></ul><ul><li>NOT two sides of one difference </li></ul>
  24. 24. How many differences are in each of these student responses? <ul><li>Cats meow and dogs don’t. </li></ul><ul><li>(1 difference) </li></ul><ul><li>Cats meow and dogs don’t. Cats use their claws to climb trees. </li></ul><ul><li>(2 differences) </li></ul>
  25. 25. We know you can do it!!
  26. 26. <ul><li>Be sure to: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To get plenty of sleep </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eat a good breakfast </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relax and do your best </li></ul></ul></ul>Remember
  27. 27. This presentation was prepared for you <ul><li>By the Puyallup School District </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy Team: </li></ul><ul><li>Susan Templin K-1 </li></ul><ul><li>Louis Tibbs 2-3 </li></ul><ul><li>Nancy Spane 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Patti Nance 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Kris Njos 6 </li></ul>