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ELA Family Night. What we need to know in order to work together to help your child master the 5 th grade ELA Exam. Test date: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 – Thursday, May 5, 2011 (Three day exam). Last year’s 5 th grade ELA exam compared to last year’s 4 th grade exam…. 4 th Grade ELA.

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Ela family night

ELA Family Night

What we need to know in order to work together to help your child master the

5th grade ELA Exam

Test date:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 – Thursday, May 5, 2011

(Three day exam)


Last year s 5 th grade ela exam compared to last year s 4 th grade exam

Last year’s 5th grade ELA exam compared to last year’s 4th grade exam…

4th Grade ELA

5th Grade ELA

  • Day 1 (Reading)

  • 4 to 5 passages (literary and informational)

  • 28 multiple-choice questions

  • Day 2 (Listening/Writing)

  • 1 listening selection (literary)

  • 2 short-response questions

  • 1 extended response question

  • Day 3 (Reading/Writing)

  • 2 paired passages (literary and informational)

  • 3 short-response questions

  • 1 extended response question

  • Day 1 (Reading)

  • 3 to 4 passages (literary and informational)

  • 20 multiple-choice questions

  • 1 short-response question

  • Day 2 (Listening/Writing)

  • 1 listening selection (literary)

  • 4 multiple-choice questions

  • 2 short-response questions

  • 1 editing paragraph


This year s grade 5 ela exam format

This year’s Grade 5 ELA Exam Format:

Book 1: (60 minutes)

6-7 passages (literary and informational)

35 multiple choice questions

Book 2: (30 minutes excluding reading listening section aloud)

1 listening section (informational)

5 multiple choice questions

3 short-response questions

3-5 multiple choice (writing mechanics) questions

Book 3: (60 minutes)

2 paired passages

4 short response questions

1 extended response question

Total time allotted: 150 minutes


This year s grade 5 ela exam

This year’s Grade 5 ELA Exam:

  • Listening Section:

  • The listening section for Grade 5 contains informational passages. Informational passages may include articles, excerpts from biographies or autobiographies, essays and other forms of informational writing.

  • The listening passages that appear on the tests are similar to the kinds of materials students read and hear in the classroom. Passages are carefully selected for grade level appropriate vocabulary and content.

  • Reading Section:

  • Students read passages representing a variety of genres. The reading passages consist of both literary and informational passages.

  • Writing Section:

  • The writing section of the test will be composed for four short response questions and one extended response question. Students will be required to demonstrate knowledge of three types of writing: narrative, persuasive and informative. Students will be required to write from a variety of prompts and for many different audiences. Student responses will be evaluated on how well the writing addresses the task and demonstrates understanding of the passages.


Types of questions on the ela exam

Types of Questions on the ELA exam

Multiple Choice Questions:

  • Test reading comprehension and reasoning skills

  • Count significantly in overall score

  • Require students to read for meaning and refer back to the passage


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Types of Questions on the ELA exam

Constructed Response Questions:

  • Ask a specific question about part of the passage

  • Sometimes are in the form of a graphic organizer

  • Sometimes are in the form of a short paragraph

  • Key is to use specific evidence from the text


Types of questions on the ela exam2

Types of Questions on the ELA exam

Extended Response Question:

  • Students will be required to read two paired passages (one literary and one informational that is usually on the same topic).

  • Students will then use the information from both passages in order to answer an extended response in essay format.


Types of questions on the ela exam3

Types of Questions on the ELA exam

Extended Response Question:

  • Students will be required to read two paired passages (one literary and one informational that is usually on the same topic).

  • Students will then use the information from both passages in order to answer an extended response in essay format.


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Types of Questions on the ELA exam

Multiple Choice Writing Mechanics Questions:

  • These questions will assess students’ knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and word usage.

    Example: Choose the word or phrase that best completes the sentence.

    In the sunshine, the wings of a butterfly _____________ like

    jewels.

    a. glow

    b. glows

    c. is glowing

    d. has glowed


Helpful reading test strategies

Helpful reading test strategies:

  • The answer is always in the text!!

  • Read the directions or introduction. (For example: If the directions, captions say “Read the article below” you can infer that the passage will be a Non-fiction piece.)

  • Read the passage carefully!

  • Read each question carefully and figure out what its asking you (what kind of question is it?)

  • Read through all choices carefully.

  • Go back to the text and find the part that you need. (Underline the proof for your answer in the text)

  • Read through answer choices and eliminate obvious wrong answers (ones that have nothing to do with the text). Choose the best answer, based on the text.

  • Always reread and double check if there’s time.

    • For questions containing:

    • Unknown vocabulary- Read sentences before and after the word. The meaning must fit in the text.

    • Sequence of events- Go to the text, and find the events. Number them clearly so that you can see the order.


Ways to help your child at home

Ways to Help Your Child at Home

  • Read aloud with your child, alternating paragraphs. This helps motivate your child to complete assignments and helps you to monitor progress in reading.

  • Help your child get started on a writing assignment by asking relevant questions. This helps the child internalize the questions writers ask themselves when composing a piece.

    Read with your child. Ask:

  • What is the story/article about?

  • How would you describe the main character?

  • How did this character change your ideas?

  • What caused this event to happen?

  • What’s going to happen next?

    Some Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking Activities:

  • When watching a television commercial, ask your child to separate fact from fiction.

  • Have your child explain information from a cartoon or a newspaper or magazine article.

  • Leave messages around the house and have your child write back.


The ela suitcase skills and types of questions that students should be familiar with

The ELA Suitcase: Skills and types of questions that students should be familiar with


Genre characteristics

Genre Characteristics

Fiction

FANTASY: contains elements that are not realistic

o talking animals

o magical powers

o often set in a medieval universe

o possibly involving mythical beings

FOLKTALES: 

• feature common folks, such as peasants, and commonplace events.  

• may have some "make-believe" elements, like talking animals, but the stories can sometimes sound realistic. 

• usually explain things about life, nature, etc.

FAIRY TALES: 

•Also called "magic stories,"

• filled with dreamlike possibility.

• feature magical and enchanted forces. 

• usually have a "happily ever after" ending,

where good is rewarded and evil is punished.

FABLES:

• Short stories with a moral at the end

• usually teach lessons about life. 

LEGENDS: 

• based in history

• usually tell about the life of a real person.

MYTHS:

• contain common themes and characters, often "gods."

• usually explain the beginning of the world, natural phenomena, the relationships between the gods and humans, and the origins of civilization.

• Myths, like legends, are stories told as though they were true.

HISTORICAL FICTION:

• stories centered around the basis of a partially historical situation

• a novel set in a historical period


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Genre Characteristics

MYSTERY:

• a story involving:

o solving a puzzling event or situation

o something unknown

o solving a crime

o centered around a person who investigates wrongdoing

REALISTIC FICTION:

• stories that take place in modern times

• characters are involved in events that could happen.

SCIENCE FICTION:

• stories that often tell about science and technology of the future

• Settings:

o in the future

o in space

o on a different world

o in a different universe

POETRY:

• Introduce us to rhythm, rhyme, and literary devices such as:

o simile- comparing something using like or as

o metaphor- comparing something saying it IS it. Ex: Your eyes are shining stars.

o personification- giving a non living thing, human like qualities

o hyperbole- an exaggeration

Non Fiction

NON-FICTION texts are informational:

• Help readers learn about real- life things

• Provide readers with information

• “Articles” are Non fiction

BIOGRAPHIES: About the life of a person written by another person

AUTOBIOGRAPHIES: About the life of a person, written by that person


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