When the TAKS test first went out, we had extensive training on it, but this test will not have that much teacher training. TEA’s assessment dept. lost 12 people this summer, so there won’t be anyone to do the training.
TAKS Objectives = STAAR Reporting Categories
Details are assessed in reading when we ask students for sequence or summaries of the plot’s main events. After grade 5, details are gone literary. After grade 8, they are gone for informational or persuasive. That means we must work on the analytical skills in reading.
We must focus on understanding poetry. Emphasize bullets 2 and 3. Use the word SPEAKER in poetry.
We must go beyond the literal reading!
There will be some interesting pairings like poem/expository. These pairs will not always have an obvious link.
Essays will be worth 25% each
The TEKS actually say:Thesis, organization, development, proofreadingExcept for the analytic prompt, the other prompts will have symbolic photographs—not real personal and not cartoonish
This will feel like a combination of the short answer and the expository—writing and interpreting
In grade 7, the curriculum is clear. Communicate the importance of the experience and the reasons for actions, or the consequences of the actions—that’s the extension. One or more of these will be written into the prompt—grade 7 is not a made up story!4th grade – central idea7th grade – controlling idea9-11th grades – thesis26 lines—period!
Use language in appropriate ways
Dictionaries—non-internet ok1:5 but 1:3 recommended