Unofficial FCAT 2.0 Powerpoint for FCAT 2.0 Retake 2011.
- 1. ObjectivesO Define the Content Focus of the Fall 2011 andSpring 2012 Reading Retake FCAT 2.0.O Define the importance of learning andexecuting effective Test Taking Strategies andbehaviors.O Demonstrate the ability to use the test takingstrategy, PIRATES and/or appropriatestrategies for answering Multiple ChoiceQuestions on the Retake FCAT 2.0.
2. About the TestO FCAT 2.0 measures student achievement of theNext Generation Sunshine State Standards(NGSSS) in Reading.O Students who were in grade 10 and entered grade9 in the 2009-10 school year were expected toscore 1926 (FCAT Equivalent Score) or above inReading for graduation purposes. (2011)O In January 2012, the State Board of Education willapprove the final FCAT 2.0 Achievement Levels(NEW cut scores) required for graduationpurposes. 3. ContentO In 2011 the Content Focus for the Spring FCATReading Retake was aligned with the 1996 SunshineState Standards (SSS) and divided into 4 Clusters.The NEW Reporting Categories are:1. Vocabulary (15% - 25%)2. Reading Application (20% - 30%)3. Literary Analysis: Fiction and Nonfiction (20% - 30%)4. Informational Text/Research Process. (25% - 35%) 4. Reporting Category 1.VocabularyNGSSSContent FocusPointsBenchmark PossibleLA.910.1.6.3 Context Clues 5LA.910.1.6.8 Analyze Words/Phrases 2LA.910.1.6.9 Multiple Meanings 1Includes:Reporting Category Point Total810.1.6.7,1.6.11 5. Reporting Category 2.Reading ApplicationNGSSS Content FocusPointsBenchmarkPossibleLA.910.1.7.2 Authors Purpose 1LA.910.1.7.3 Conclusions/inferences; Main 9 Idea; Relevant DetailsLA.910.1.7.4 Cause and effect 1LA.910.1.7.5 Test Structure/Organizational1 PatternsLA.910.1.7.7 Compare; Contrast2Reporting Category Point Total14 6. Category 3. Literary Analysis: Fiction and NonfictionNGSSS Content Focus PointsBenchmark PossibleLA.910.2.1.5 Character development; Plot 2 developmentLA.910.2.1.7 Descriptive language; Figurative9 languageIncludes: Reporting Category Point Total 118.104.22.168 7. Category 4. Informational Text/Research ProcessNGSSS Content FocusPointsBenchmarkPossibleLA.910.6.1.1 Text features 1LA.910.6.2.2 Analyze and evaluate11 information; Determine the validity and reliability of information; Synthesize informationReporting Category Point Total 12 8. Test Taking Strategies 9. Step 1repare to SucceedO P: Put PIRATES on the test.O A: Allot time and prioritize test sections.O S: Say something positive.O S: Start within two minutes. 10. Step 2Inspect the instructionsO R: Read all the instructions carefully.O U: Underline what to do and where to do it.O N: Note any special requirements 11. Step 3 Read, Remember, ReduceO READ the whole question. Evenif you think you know the answer,there may be a better alternative.O REMEMBER it with memorystrategies.O REDUCE your alternatives. 12. Step 4 Answer or AbandonO If you know the answer, answer thequestion. Answer the easyquestions 1st.O If you are not sure, abandon it for amoment. Try not to get stuck onany hard questions. You will wastetime and feel anxious. Go back tothe harder ones later. 13. Step 5Turn BackO Turn back to abandoneditems at the end of the test(use the ACE guessingtechniques in Step 6)O Tell yourself to earn morepoints. 14. Step 6 EstimateO Avoid absolutes (e.g. all). Be alert forgrammatical inconsistencies between thequestion and the potential answers.O Choose the answer options most likely to becorrect. This helps you take your best guess.O Eliminate obviously incorrect answers 1st.If two alternatives are similar, one is likely to becorrect; choose the best but eliminate choicesthat mean basically the same thing, and thuscancel each other out. 15. Step 7SurveyO Survey the test.O Dont leave any questionsunanswered.O Always make calculated guesses.O Switch answers only if you are surethey are wrong. In most cases yourintuition is correct. 16. You Have TimeDo not be disturbed about otherstudents finishing before you do.Take your time, dont panic, andyou will do much better on thetest. 17. Keep it Neat and CompleteREMEMBER - your answer booklet shouldbe neat and complete.1. Erase stray marks on the answer booklet.2. Make sure you completely bubbled in all answers. (No donut holes).3. Check that youve answered every question. 18. Preparing for the Exam1. Review key FCAT Terms.2. Read and practice answering Released Tests for your grade level. (Reading Grade 10). Go to the Florida Department of Educations Official Website and download the test to your computer. Work your way through it.3. Focus on the types of Sample Questions you have the most difficulty with.4. Practice as if. When studying, DO NOT use highlighters, pens, or listen to music. Simulate the required testing behaviors. 19. What to Do (and not to do)the Night BeforeO Do get plenty of rest.O Do hydrate; drink plenty of water.O Do eat or drink a protein rich meal forbreakfast the day of the test (eggs, nuts,yogurt, protein shake).O Do not overeat. It will make you drowsy.O Do not drink coffee or an energy drink as theymay make you jittery or cause a headache.Try green tea instead.O Do stretch, take a few deep breaths or light moderate exercise to relieve stress. 20. Activity 1What are some examples ofContext Clues?O With a partner, generate a list of 4 6 types ofcontext clues that can be used to help youunderstand difficult vocabulary words in context.O Share your ideas with the whole group.REVIEW HOW TO USE THEM RETURN 21. Using Context CluesO AVOID following your 1st impulse. Do notchoose the answer that you immediatelyrecognize because you are alreadyfamiliar with the definition of a word.O RETURN to the passage, find where theword is used, and REREAD that particularsection mentally replacing the answerchoice youve chosen for the word beingasked about. Go to the example 22. Using Context Clues, cont.Example:A passage states: He was notorious for makingdecisions on the spur of the momentQuestion: Which of the following words, if substitutedfor the word notorious would introduce the LEASTchange in the meaning of the sentence?A. evilB. disturbedC. famousD. despised RETURN 23. Six Types of Context Clues1. Definition2. Example-Illustration3. Contrast4. Logic5. Root Words and Affixes6. GrammarRETURN 24. DefinitionO Readers use the definition in thesentence to understand the unknownSample sentence:Some spiders spin silk with tiny organscalled spinnerets. RETURN 25. Example-IllustrationO Readers use an example or illustration to understand the unknown wordSample sentence:Toads, frogs, and some birds are predatorsthat hunt and eat spiders. RETURN 26. ContrastO Readers understand the unknown wordbecause it is compared or contrasted withanother word in the sentenceSample sentence:Most spiders live for about one year, buttarantulas sometimes live for 20 years or more! RETURN 27. LogicO Readers think about the rest of thesentence to understand the unknownword.Sample sentence:An exoskeleton acts like a suit of armor toprotect the spider.RETURN 28. Root Words and AffixesO Readers use their knowledge of root words and affixes to figure out the unknown word.Sample sentence:People who are terrified of spiders havearachnophobiaRETURN 29. GrammarO Readers use the words function in thesentence or its part of speech to figure outthe unknown word.Sample sentence:Most spiders molt five to ten times. RETURN 30. Emotional WordsO Find words in the passage that are adjectives describingemotions.O One strategy is to sort the words by (-) and (+).O Another strategy is to look throughout the passage for attitudewords that might convey a positive or negative attitude.Example:Question: The authors attitude on this topic is best described as:A. indignationB. eagernessC. impartialityD. fearFinding Key WordsRETURN 31. Finding Key wordsO Key words will be nouns or verbs in the question oranswer choices.O Scan through the passage quickly looking for either thosekey words to be repeated in the passage, or theirsynonyms to appear in the passage.O Be sure that you reread the answer choice and considerthe context that it is in.O Always try to connect the question to the right words inthe passage that will allow you to save time in finding theright part of the passage to look in for the answer and willgive you the key to the correct answer choice.RETURN 32. Analyze Words/TextSample 1The sample item below is based on Woman withFlower/Offspring on page H12.Read these lines from Woman with Flower.The leafs inclined to find its own direction;Give it a chance to seek the sunlight for itself.Based on the rest of the poem, which sentence bestrestates the meaning of the lines above?A. The leaf isolates itself from other leaves.B. The leaf wants to create its own illusions.C. The leaf prefers to seek its own destination.D. The leaf avoids previously established paths. Next page 33. Word RelationshipsSample 2Sample Question for Grade 10The sample item below is based on Womanwith Flower/Offspring on page H12.Which phrase best describes both the gardenerin Woman with Flower and the speaker ofOffspring?A. devoted, but anxiousB. distressed, but cautiousC. attentive, but impracticalD. industrious, but indecisive RETURN 34. Multiple MeaningsSample 1: Sample Question for Grade 10The sample item below is based on Woman withFlower/Offspring on page H12.Read these lines from Woman with Flower.The leafs inclined to find its own direction;Give it a chance to seek the sunlight for itself.In the lines above, what does the word inclined revealabout the leaf ?A. The leaf grows at an angle to find its own direction.B. The leaf bends down to find its own direction.C. The leaf hesitates to find its own direction.D. The leaf prefers to find its own direction.Next page 35. Multiple MeaningsSample 2: Sample Question for Grade 10The sample item below is based on Quest-4 Cell Phone on page H13.Read this excerpt from the User Manual.To obtain a WEEK VIEW mode when in MONTH VIEW mode, simplyhighlight any day in the