Thursday, September 15, 2016

Free Third Grade Resource (10 Free Reading Passages)

I hope your school year has been fantastic so far.  I bring greetings and a freebie.  Access these 10 free passages.  It is part of my full year of daily reading practice.  An answer key and progress charts are also included. This is a quick and easy way to review reading skills and reading strategies in just a few minutes each day.  Fiction and nonfiction topics are both included.
Click Here To Access This Free Resource

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Daily SAT Practice

Daily SAT practice is now here!  This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time.  This resource is a convenient way to review SAT math in just a few minutes each day.  A detailed answer key is also included.
Click Here For Daily SAT Math Practice Week 1

This resource reflects the changes to the new SAT math test.  Each week is thematic to provide time to review and master a specific skill.  The SAT reading version will be released soon too.

Friday, September 9, 2016

(Freebie) The Types of Fallacies in Argument and Persuasive Writing

When some students are asked to explain whether or not an author has fully defended the ideas written in text, some students do not know what to say.  This chart will help.  It lists and describes the different types of fallacies that writers and speakers make.Click Here To Access This Freebie

Freebie Friday

Welcome to Freebie Friday.  Access free resources each week.  See what is new today.


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Monday, September 5, 2016

The Four Most Common Kinds of Inference Questions

Welcome back to a brand new school year. I wanted to officially start out the new school year with a freebie.  You might have seen an earlier post about the most common types of main idea questions Click Here To Access It.. Today, I am back to provide handouts that tell about the most common types of inference questions.

Did you know that most inference questions can fit into four categories?  This can be so helpful to students.  Inferences are so tricky for many students.  One reason why is because they often do not know what to pay attention to when they read.  

The handout names the most common kinds of inferences.  It also provides examples.Click Here To Access The Printable Version Of The Inference Freebie

Friday, September 2, 2016

Freebie Friday

Welcome to Freebie Friday!  Are you excited about the new school year? Our first back to school post is full of freebies.  Look and see what is new this week.


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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Diction and Syntax

One of the greatest changes to assessments is the shift from what to why and how. A student that knows that an author uses figurative language or literary devices does not always understand how these writing tools contribute to meaning.  

Not only will students be expected to interpret the meaning of reading passages on Common Core assessments, they will sometimes be asked how an author achieves characterization, the tone of the text, persuasion, etc.  This level of analysis requires an even deeper level of understanding of the tools authors use to convey meaning.

Don't worry, this blog post is here to help.

At the lower grade levels, students are not expected to know the words syntax or diction. A general understanding about how authors convey ideas is what students need to know. 

Diction means the words an author uses to convey ideas to a reader.  Similes, metaphors, imagery, personification, etc., all fall under this category.

When students closely read text, they should look for these literary devices and explain how they contribute to meaning.  Some possible student responses could include:
  • "The author uses personification to help the reader imagine what it was like in the forest."
  • "The metaphor 'as slow as a turtle' in line three helps the reader understand why Devin was so upset with his brother.  It was because he was moving to slow."
Syntax is the way that words are arranged in a sentence.  In early grade levels, students learn about the different types of sentences which includes: 
  • declarative(a sentence that makes a statement)
  • interrogative (a sentence that asks a question)
  • imperative (a sentence that gives a command)
  • exclamatory (a sentence that expresses strong feeling)
Writers of speeches or persuasive articles often use imperative sentences to call listeners or readers to action.

When students analyze diction and syntax, they are able to deepen their understanding of what they read.