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Test Prep- Day 2 Maximize Your Students' Exposure to Prompts

Today our fourth graders continued building off of yesterday's main idea sort. In this 20 minute lesson, the groups wrote a main idea sentence for each main idea blurb on a strip of paper. The [...]

Test Prep- Maximize Your Students' Exposure to Prompts


Hello fellow Texas teachers! It is impossible to predict the prompt that your fourth and seventh-grade students will be given for STAAR this year. The key is to expose students to as many [...]

Test Prep: Run-On Sentences

Hey, Hey 7th grade teachers!! Are you looking for a revising and editing guide that you and your students will LOVE?? EW just released the 7th Grade Revising and Editing guide last month, and it [...]

Test Prep- Connecting with Details

As the 4th graders prepared to write to the new prompt "A hobby you are involved in," we looked at the difference between just writing down information or really making a connection with your [...]

Test Prep- Broadening Your Topic

After looking at the new topic that the 4th graders at our school were going to be writing to next, we noticed how easy it would be for students to get hung up on a specific topic.  Example topics [...]

Test Prep- Well Elaborated Details

Testing, testing, ONE.TWO.THREE.  Our fourth graders needed a little reminder of one of the first rules in writing detail sentences. NO GROCERY LISTS!!  I just happened to walk into Mrs. Reynolds' [...]

Summarizing... Are you struggling??

As our school begins to prepare for our upcoming state testing, we are not only looking at our weaknesses in writing but also areas that our students scored the lowest on the reading test as well. [...]

Quote Me

Teaching across genre can appear to be a very daunting task. So can teaching quotations in writing! (insert laughing emoji:)) Here is a quick and simple idea to incorporate them together into one [...]

Test Prep - Word Choice

We have taught word referents and using powerful vocabulary in our pieces, but as we started looking at some of our 7th-grade benchmark essays we noticed that not always did the vocabulary or [...]