examples of standardized test questions

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DAILY JOURNAL ASSIGNMENTS: Please complete the following journal assignment, show it to your teacher, and say, “I need a grade for this day’s journal.” (If you don’t explain it to her, she may not understand that you still need a grade for a make-up journal.)

Monday, Sept. 15: Who fits the archetype of “The Caregiver” better, J. Bruce Ismay or the fireman who worked aboard R.M.S. Titanic?

Tuesday, Sept. 16: Explain how both Mrs. D.H. Bishop (narrator in “From a Lifeboat” on page 412) and Paul Berlin (the soldier in “Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy” on page 131) both fit the archetype of “The Sage” because of their life experiences. You may reference your literature book if you need help remembering these passages.

Wednesday, Sept. 17: Create a thesis for the following writing prompt: How does social media impact education? Does it enhance or undermine the educational process?

Thursday, Sept. 18: In this unit, we’ve read about the war in Viet Nam, the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, and the sinking of the Titanic. Which of the documents we read is written in the most formal style, and which one is written in the most informal style. Explain your reasoning.

DAILY CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES: If you need extra time to read the stories in our literature book, please come in at lunch or after school (by appointment), or come to our Friday morning session from 8:00 AM to noon.

Monday, Sept. 15: Today we were given time in class to finish reading the September 11th stories from the literature book. If you were absent today, it’s a good idea to check out a literature book and read those stories (“The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers” on page 525 and The 9/11 Report starting on page 544). We also kept a graphic organizer on the characters of Jimeno, McLaughlin, and others mentioned in “Fight to Survive”. Look at a classmate’s notes/journal to make sure you get all the facts you can on these people’s roles in the September 11th story. Today we were given a Thesis Statement Graphic Organizer, which we filled out on three different archetypes. We could choose any of the stories we read for this archetype analysis thesis statement. Extra copies of that graphic organizer are in Box 1 in the makeup work center.

Tuesday, Sept. 16: Today we used our thesis statement graphic organizer to create an outline for an essay on archetypes. Here’s the Outline Sampler that guided us as we created this document. Once your outline is finished, you should begin writing your essay on three different archetypes. If you need any extra help creating an outline and/or essay, please remember that your teacher will be available for extra help on Friday, from 8 AM to noon.

Wednesday, Sept. 17: All students took the District Writing Assessment today. You must take this assessment as well. You may be pulled out of other classes to make it up, or you may be given a chance to make it up during English.

Thursday, Sept. 18: Today we went to the library. This gave lots of students a chance to finish reading any stories they didn’t already read in class. We should be all done reading after today, but if you’re not, please check out a literature book. Also, our 9/11 graphic organizers (six boxes with descriptions of the men who were part of the rescue operation at Ground Zero) were due today. You need to show your graphic organizer to your teacher and say, “I still need a grade for this” please.


About Chelly Wood

I am a school librarian with an English degree, and I like to write books. My literary agent is Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

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