Social Studies Leadership Team
What You Need to Know About the Redesigned SAT
Focus on Key Changes 1 & 2
Words in Context
- Students will be asked to interpret the meaning of words based on the context of the passage in which they appear.
- Selected words will be those that students will use throughout their lives — in high school, college, and beyond.
Vocabulary for the Common Core Tier 2 Words
Command of Evidence
- Students will be asked to demonstrate their ability to interpret, synthesize, and use evidence found in a wide range of sources, including informational graphics (i.e., tables, charts, and graphs), as well as multi-paragraph passages from literature, the content areas and the world of work.
- Reading Test: Students will determine what text best supports answers to previous questions; as well as integrate information from words and graphics to find the best answer.
- Writing and Language Test Students will analyze sequences of sentences or paragraphs to make sure they are logical. They will also interpret graphics and edit a portion of the accompanying passage so that it articulates the information in the graphics.
- The SAT Essay Students will analyze a source text to determine how the author builds an argument to persuade an audience through the use of evidence, reasoning, and/or stylistic and persuasive devices. They will be asked to write an effective analysis supported by critical reasoning and evidence drawn from the source.
Presentation Slides from Lisa Madden & Melissa Wing
What Does This Mean for Teaching & Learning in My Content Area?
- Students will need to build "reading stamina."
- Students need many opportunities to practice close reading across the content areas.
- Staff should identify common reading strategies/academic vocabulary to use across the curriculum.
- Departments should discuss what content-area reading students are experiencing and what they are doing to support students in navigating difficult text.
- Several free resources are available below for content area teachers looking for sources beyond the text book to enhance student reading experiences
- Lisa or Melissa are available to come to your building to facilitate professional learning on Close Reading/Navigating Complex Texts.