Targeting the taks open-Ended Response
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Hitting the Mark in the ELA Classroom TCTELA 41st Annual Conference January 20, 2006 Diane Peterson Education Specialist, Secondary Language Arts firstname.lastname@example.org 713.744.6829 Writing Responses for the TAKS Open-Ended Items Examine open-ended item student responses to identify the qualities and components of a successful response. Participants will analyze the TAKS Reading Rubrics and discuss the resultant “best practices” in the ELA classroom. Successful responses—what should be included? 2. Content scoring—what skills does the open-ended item assess? 3. Best practices—what should I see in the ELA classroom? Improved Student Achievement Written Curriculum (TEKS) Identified Standards Taught Curriculum Opportunity to Learn the Standards Tested Curriculum (TAKS) Measures the Attainment of the Standards Successful Responses The TAKS open-ended items are three short answer questions that require the student to write a multi-sentence response. These items are based upon the “triplet” found in the Reading/ELA section of TAKS assessments for grades 9-11 Exit. OER = Open- Ended Response : 1st Part a published literary work, either a short story or an excerpt from a novel : 2nd Part a published expository (informational, nonfiction) passage, either an article from a newspaper or magazine, an excerpt from a memoir, a journal entry, essay, editorial, or an excerpt from a biography or autobiography : 3rd Part a visual media selection reflecting a web page, advertisement, or poster which enables students to make visual connections to the other two passages 3rd part (visual media) = a thematically-linked triplet! What “Parts” Are Needed for a Successful Response? TWO-PARTER: Students must offer a reasonable idea and pull textual evidence that validates that idea. THREE-PARTER: Change questions call for two pieces of evidence. FOUR-PARTER: Cross-over responses must include analysis from each piece and evidence from each piece. 1. Provide a clear answer to the question. 2. Provide multiple pieces of support directly from the passage. Direct quotations (usually partial), paraphrases (author’s words in student writer’s own words), or synopses (specific summary) are acceptable. All sentences should connect to each other and it should be clear why the evidence given is significant to the answer. 3. Connect the answer to the support. This is not done with a separate sentence but should be clear from the idea and choice of evidence. 4. Craft the answer into a coherent, logical progression of ideas and evidence that answers the question fully and proves the statement. TAKS open-ended items are short answer questions such as those typically asked of English/Language Arts students in class. They are linked to TAKS Objectives 2 and 3 and the corresponding foundational TEKS (10B). This provides a clear connection between the TAKS assessment and classroom instruction. Content Scoring What skills does the open-ended item assess? Content Scoring Items are part of the reading portion of the TAKS and are content scored. Responses must include a reasonable idea (analysis) and textual support (evidence). Writing skills are not assessed here. Only clarity is mentioned in the rubrics. These responses are judged conceptually, not contextually. What Skill is Tested (TEKS)? (10) Reading/literary response. The student expresses and supports responses to various types of texts. The student is expected to: (B) use elements of text to defend, clarify, and negotiate responses and interpretations. Objective 2: The student will apply knowledge of literary elements to understand culturally diverse written texts. The first open-ended item is based on the literary selection. Objective 3: The student will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critically evaluate culturally diverse written texts and visual representations. The second item is based on the expository selection. Objective 3: The student will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critically evaluate culturally diverse written texts and visual representations. The third item is based on both selections. What Are Rubrics? Powerful instructional tools that clarify expectations Explicitly worded descriptions for each score point Teaching is t argeted. Student performance is focused. Three Rubrics There is a specific rubric for each open-ended item. Examine each rubric (literary, expository, and crossover) for similarities and differences of each score point. Students as Self-Assessors “Students who are taught to use criteria know when they are doing well, without waiting for outside confirmation, and when things go wrong, they know what to do about it.” 0 Insufficient Too general or vague to determine whether it is reasonable ~OR~ Incorrect interpretation not based on text ~OR~ Plot summary 1 Partially Sufficient Analysis only ~OR~ Evidence only ~OR~ Analysis-Evidence connection unclear or vague 2 Sufficient Analysis and relevant evidence present Analysis-Evidence connection clear and specific 3 Exemplary Particularly thoughtful or insightful analysis and/or evidence Analysis-Evidence connection shows depth of understanding 3. View the appropriate rubric. 4. Answer the item with a partner, save responses. 5. View the components of a successful answer. 7. Evaluate responses in light of samples. 2. View the Open-Ended Item. 6. View the samples and discuss their scoring. Best Practices What should I see in the ELA classroom? Research Confirms All students benefit from a strong reading and writing connection. When students respond through writing to what they have read, writing and reading improve. Written responses require higher-order thinking and critical-thinking skills. Remembering Remembering ≠ Understanding ______________________________________ Recitation of Texts ≠ Consideration and Discussion of Texts We should “construct lessons that help make the comprehension processes visible.” Students need “demonstrations of effective strategy use.” explicit, systematic instruction model and demonstrate strategies guided practice independent practice monitor and assess student progress Teaching the OER Finding Evidence Citing Evidence using quotes, paraphrase, and synopsis learning when to use each type of evidence Connecting evidence to analysis (or answer) Remember—this is not a connection to “real world” or a new idea! Comparing works of literature (or art) Teaching the OER Students need multiple, frequent opportunities to practice the skills involved in successfully responding to an open-ended item. Teachers must model the skills involved and provide opportunities for guided practice before independent practice or assessment. Since multiple skills are involved, teachers must focus on the discrete skills as well as the “big picture.” What About the Writing Process? Since multiple skills are involved, teachers must focus on the discrete skills as well as the “big picture.” Analyzing texts to find an answer (close reading, annotating, graphic organizers, discussion, questioning) Forming a coherent answer What About the Writing Process? (1) Writing/purposes. The student writes in a variety of forms, including business, personal, literary, and persuasive texts, for various audiences and purposes. The student is expected to: (B) write in a voice and style appropriate to audience and purpose; and (C) organize ideas in writing to ensure coherence, logical progression, and support for ideas. What About the Writing Process? Writing/writing processes. The student uses recursive writing processes when appropriate. The student is expected to: (B) develop drafts by organizing and reorganizing content and by refining style to suit occasion, audience, and purpose; and (C) proofread writing for appropriateness of organization, content, style, and conventions. What About the Writing Process? Even though the open-ended item is part of the reading assessment, the writing process still applies as the students craft their responses. 1. Prewriting the parts 2. Rough draft in test booklet 3. Final copy in the lined boxes Close Reading CLOSE READING is a careful application of a “microscope” or “binoculars” to a text, enabling the reader to go beyond literal meaning and experience the author’s craft. ANNOTATING is the backbone of close reading. What is Annotating? For use while reading or rereading Helps readers reach a deeper level of engagement “Dialogue with the text” (Probst) A visible record of the thoughts that emerge while making sense of the reading Teaching the OER Ask students to identify the ways readers think about text while reading, such as: Making predictions Asking questions Stating opinions Analyzing the author’s craft Making connections Reflecting on the content Reflecting on their own reading process BEFORE READING: Examine the front and back covers (books) Read the title and any subtitles Examine the illustrations Examine the print (bold, italics, etc.) Examine the way the text is set up (book, short story, diary, dialogue, article, etc.) As you examine and read these, write questions, and make predictions and/or connections near these parts of the text. Annotation Bookmark DURING READING: Mark in the text: Characters (who) When (setting) Where (setting) Vocabulary ~~~~~ _______ Important information Annotation Bookmark DURING READING: Write in the margins: Summarize Make predictions Formulate opinions Make connections Ask questions Analyze the author’s craft Write reflections/reactions/comments Look for patterns/repetitions Annotation Bookmark AFTER READING: Reread annotations—draw conclusions Reread introduction and conclusion—try to figure out something new Examine patterns/repetitions—determine possible meanings Determine what the title might mean Use the “After Reading” strategies to write a notebook entry. How to Teach Annotating Use short story that can be read in one period Make each student a copy of story Make a transparency of each page Give students Annotating Bookmarks Make a transparency of Bookmark Create a coding system with different marks for surface meaning and deep-meaning ideas Annotation Lesson Have students mark text using coding system. Allow students to go back and add marks. Ask students to share what they have marked. Make the same marks on the transparency. Ask for comments and write in margin. Read first page to students while they read along. Annotation Methods Use a dialectical journal. Use Post-it® notes or flags. Research-Based Questioning Strategies Use question stems to create questions for literary pieces you are reading in class. Literary Stems What was one conflict ____ faced in “_____”? In “____” how does ____ connect to _____? How does _____ change from the beginning to the end of “___”? What is the major conflict _____ faces in “_____”? Literary Stems In “______,” what does ____ learn from his/her experience with ____? In “_____,” why does ____ ____? (character) (action) Expository Stems In “_____,” has ____ fulfilled his/her dream? In “_____,” how have the author’s experiences shaped his/her attitude toward others? How does the author’s attitude toward _____ change over the course of “_____”? Expository Stems Why is “_____” a good title for this selection? Why are memories of _____ important to _____? In “____,” who do you think is more successful, ____ or ____? Crossover Stems How does the idea of taking a risk apply to both “___” and “___”? How do the parents in “___” and “____” attempt to share their cultural heritage with their children? Which of the siblings from “____” and “____” would you like to have as a brother/sister? Crossover Stems How is the concept of __ important in both “___” and “__”? How is the idea of ____important in both “___” and “___”? What is one characteristic shared by (____) and (____). char. from lit. passage char. from exp. Passage How is ___ an important theme in both “___” and “___”? DIRECT QUOTATION What? verbatim words, phrases, or parts of sentences from the text When? author’s exact words are necessary and will add depth, precision, or reliability to the response Types of Evidence PARAPHRASE What? restatement of author’s words preserving the main ideas and key details When? ideas could be clarified or original word choice is irrelevant Types of Evidence SPECIFIC SYNOPSIS What? a focused choice of linked portions; not a plot summary When? several portions are needed to serve as textual evidence www.readingbenchmarks.org Use paired works in class frequently. Genres/Forms to consider in pairing works Films/“Movies” Television Shows Songs Poems Research Findings Magazine Articles Artwork Web Pages The Catcher in the Rye “Acquainted with the Night” by J.D. Salinger by Robert Frost Novel Poem Example Connection: The city as a lonely, uncomfortable place To Kill a Mockingbird Radio by Harper Lee By Mike Rich Novel Film Example Connection: Men attempting to effect a change in racial tolerance Romeo and Juliet “Teen Love Hurts: Falling In Love Makes Teens Prone to Depression and Alcohol Abuse” by William Shakespeare by Malcolm Ritter Novel News Article Example Connection: The negative effects of teenagers falling in love “The Gettysburg Address” “Frederick Douglass” by Abraham Lincoln by Robert Hayden Speech Poem Example Connection: Leaving legacies beyond physical monuments Resources Allington, Richard L. What Really Matters for Struggling Readers: Designing Research-Based Programs. New York: Longman, 2001. Berthoff, Ann E. “Dialectical Notebooks and the Audit of Meaning.” The Journal Book. Ed. Toby Fulwieler. Portsmouth: Boynton/Cook, 1987. 11-18. English, Fenwick W. Deciding What to Teach and Test: Developing, Aligning, . Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, Inc., 2000. and Auditing the Curriculum Porter-O’Donnell. “Beyond the Yellow Highlighter.” English Journal 93.5 (2004): 82-89. Probst, Robert E. “Dialogue with a Text.” English Journal 77.1 (1988): 32-38. Spandel, Vicki. Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction. New York: Addison Wesley Longman, 2001. If you design or observe teaching strategies that really work for the OER, please let me know! Diane Peterson 713-744-6829 email@example.com
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