Test Taking as a Genre
Tests as a Genre
Things to remember with testing as a genre...
-Too much drill undermines the time for more meaningful curriculum , which deprives students of vital opportunities to build basic reading and writing strategies.
-Education is much more than test preparation; you want to communicate this important understanding with your students.
-Parents will appreciate the test preparation you do, but you want them to understand that your curriculum is much richer and broader than teaching to the test.
(Fountas & Pinnell)
Frequently Asked Questions
Is testing a new genre all together?No, test preparation is about supporting students in thinking logically and flexibly and transferring all they know to their test-taking.
What about my struggling readers?
It may be tempting to think that struggling readers need practice reading texts that are too hard for them, yet the evidence shows that they can't and don't read texts that are too hard. Several weeks of reading text that is too difficult will not result in growth. Look for ways to provide ample reading time for all students at independent reading levels. *Be sure to check out grade level specific links below, for more specific supports.
How do I fit everything in?
Look for ways to embed test taking skills so that they are learned across time. Check out the link below, for some Reading Workshop suggestions.
Calkins, Lucy. A Curricular Plan for the Reading Workshop. New Hampshire: Heinemann, 2011.
Calkins, Lucy. A Curricular Plan for the Writing Workshop. New Hampshire: Heinemann, 2011.
Fountas, Irene and Gay Su Pinnell. Guiding Readers and Writers Grades 3-6. New Hampshire: Heinemann, 2001: 463-476.