Practice Test for Reading and Writing Nonfiction gives your students sample test situations for close reading and on-demand writing. These testing environments are based on similar tasks on the high school tests for the Common Core, the ACT and SAT, and the AP tests for English Language and Composition, U.S. History, and World History. You can download the test activities as Word or Google documents, or you can print this unit for students to work with directly. You can also present this unit right from your interactive whiteboard.
Close-Reading Practice Assessments
Close-reading activities help students practice the following skills:
- Reading informational articles and answering multiple-choice questions about the controlling statements, supporting details, vocabulary, and visual elements
- Inferring information from the articles using logic, evidence, and context clues
On-Demand Writing Strategies
On-demand writing activities help students practice these skills:
- Analyzing writing prompts to understand the purpose, audience, subject, and type of writing required
- Writing a thesis statement and listing supporting details to include in a response
- Writing argument essays that state a position and support it using evidence drawn from the readings, citing sources appropriately
- Using a rubric to evaluate the written responses
Practice Test for Reading and Writing Nonfiction includes five practice tests, each with multiple documents to read and a writing prompt based on them. It also includes argument and explanatory writing rubrics like those used to evaluate writing on high-stakes assessments.