How the SAT and ACT Prep Skill Set Aligns With Common Core Standards. This session will be presented by Method Test Prep Specialist Jason Markowitz. This session is for educators only. A recorded version of this webinar will be posted inside Method Test Prep’s online programs for students and parents to view at a later date.
Preparing students for the SAT and ACT means equipping them with the tools to think critically, read analytically and write effectively at the college level. The Common Core State Standards reflect the same set of skills that the SAT and ACT are designed to test. This webinar will demonstrate how to best develop and cultivate these skills in a way that will ensure students’ success on these exams and beyond.
Constructed response questions and over 200 multiple choice questions are available for the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
The constructed response questions raise the bar for students, asking them more rigorous questions that force them to think and refer back to the text. Many of the constructed response questions build upon ideas mentioned in the multiple-choice questions and ask students to elaborate and expand these ideas.
All of these questions are aligned to the Common Core English Standards and correlated to both Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.
To include these questions in an assignment, include multiple choice and/or constructed response type questions on the Question Criteria Page filter, then select to filter by Topic. Speak questions are located in the “Novel” topic under the subtopic “Speak”.
The Math Content team has correlated nearly 2,000 more questions using Webb’s Depth of Knowledge and Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy. We anticipate having our entire math database correlated to these two taxonomies by the end of the year.
With the introduction of the Common Core, we are developing new questions using different formats. One such question format is “Select All that Apply”. The second question format is “Multi-Option”. Below are examples of each new format:
There are now constructed response questions available for the literature set: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. The new questions include graphic organizers and extended response questions, all of which require students to use textual evidence in their responses. There are also questions in which students must argue and support a specific point of view while using the text as justification. All of the questions have been aligned to the Common Core and correlated to both Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.
Additional Elementary Reading Sets
Eight new reading sets have been added at the elementary level, which can be found at levels D, E and F. These new sets focus on topics that are both interesting and informative to elementary students.
Science: Facts About the Red Panda How to Build a Bird Feeder
Biography: A Pioneer Dies- Sally Ride The Amazing Michael Phelps
The Common Core recommends the ratio of literary reading compared to informational reading should be 30%-70% by 12th grade.
The Common Core specifies that informational reading should be completed on a daily basis, though it does not specify that it must be done in English class. This means there is a great deal of opportunity in other curriculum areas to supply students with informational reading opportunities.
Students are exposed to a variety of informational texts, from social studies textbooks, articles explaining experiments, to informative articles in health class, etc. If the majority of what they read in subjects other than English is nonfiction, it leaves room for some fiction and literature in English Class in addition to other reading materials.
The following are now available in the English Language Arts courses:
70+ Constructed Response Questions for Cynthia Lord’s novel Rules. Graphic Organizer, essay and creative response type questions are included in the set. All of the new questions have been aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to both Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.
50 Constructed Response Questions are now available for Catcher in the Rye. The new constructed response questions contain several different types of extended response questions. Graphic Organizer, essay and creative response type questions are included in the set. All of the new questions have been aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to both Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.
37 Critical Lens Essay Writing Prompts are now available as Constructed Response Questions. All of the critical lens essay tasks require students to interpret a quote and use two pieces of literature to support his or her interpretation. Many of these questions provide sample answers in which students are provided guidance as to what would be included in a full-credit response.
We have also updated the Critical Reading Skill Questions found in levels “G, H, I.” The entire set has been revised. Several of the questions were re-written, giving the short readings more depth and clarity.
Author James L. Swanson recounts the 12 day search for John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated President Lincoln. 185 Multiple Choice Question and 22 Constructed Response Questions for the book. All of the questions have been aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to both Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.
The questions for this work can be found in the Nonfiction Topic and the subtopic: Historical Events and Autobiographies.
New Grammar: Parts of Speech Questions available for K-2 Students
150 New Question geared specifically for students in grades K-2.
The new questions focus on identifying specific parts of speech as well as part of the sentence. All of the questions have colorful and sensible images included.
All of the questions have been aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to both Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.
Critical Reading Set Update
The English Critical Reading Sets have been updated. It is now easier for teachers to find comparison passages. All comparison passages are now housed in the category: Comparison Passages. This makes it much easier to sift through the robust number of reading passages.
New Comparison Sets Available at the Elementary Level
3rd Grade Level:
Tall Towering Giraffes/ The African Savanna
The House Dog and The Wolf/ From Wolf to Dog
4th Grade Level:
The Crow and The Pitcher/No Birdbrains Here
5th Grade Level:
Wilma Rudolph/Sammy Lee
The Deer at the Pool/Built for Survival
Critical Lens Essays Now Available
There are now over 30 Critical Lens Essay writing prompts available! These questions are constructed response questions and can be found by:
Selecting the Question Type: Constructed Response
Selecting the Level: K
Selecting the Topic: Reading- Critical Reading Selections- Critical Lens Essays
Some of the Critical Lens Essay writing prompts include detailed sample answers. Providing students guidance in how to tackle specific aspects of this unique writing task.
The Castle Learning Mathematics Curriculum Team has just released multiple choice and fill-in the blank questions at the Primary Level (K – 2). The 500+ questions cover a variety of topics, including a new one called Foundational Skills. The new questions can be found in the following topics:
The easiest way to find all of the new questions is to search by levels on the question criteria page. The levels that you should choose are A, B, and C.
As you will see, many of the questions have audio files included so the student can listen to the question. This is beneficial for our younger learners who may be just starting to read. You will find that, where applicable, the questions have been aligned to the Common Core, and have been correlated to both Webb’s Depth of Knowledge and Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy.
We are excited and interested to hear your feedback!
Below are a few examples of the new questions that were created.
The January 2012 NYS Regents exam questions* are now available in Algebra II & Trigonometry and Geometry. The August 2012 NYS Regents exam questions* are also now available in Integrated Algebra. These questions have also been aligned to Webb’s Depth of Knowledge as well as Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy, and where applicable, to the Common Core.