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1. New York State Comprehensive English Regents Exam
Strategies for Success
2. Additional Resources www.regentsreviewlive.net
3. The *NEW* English Regents One day, three hour exam
25 multiple-choice questions
2 short-response questions
1 Critical Lens essay
4. On the day of the exam
Arrive early for your exam!
Bring #2 pencils
Check with your school to see whether you need a pencil or pen for the writing sections
5. How will my exam be scored? Listening for Comprehension
8 multiple-choice questions
Reading for Comprehension
12 multiple-choice questions, 6 for each passage
6. How will my exam be scored? Reading & Writing for Critical Response
5 multiple-choice questions, 2 short-response questions
Writing for Critical Analysis
Critical Lens Essay
7. How will my exam be scored? Conversion Chart http://www.nysedregents.org/concht/111/english-cc111.pdf
8. How will my writing be scored? Short-Response Questions
4 total points, 2 for each question
0 Points ? incoherent, unfocused, or personal in nature
9. How will my writing be scored? Short-Response Questions
1 Point ? partially developed, implied evidence, grammatical errors
2 Points ? well-developed and focused, may have errors that do not hinder comprehension
10. Question #26 requires you to refer directly to both provided passages
Question #27 requires you to choose one of the two passages to construct your response and make reference to a literary element or technique
11. Read the Directions! Remember your response doesnt have to have sophisticated language or be error free to earn full credit
12. Critical Lens Essay Score 0-6 Points, 4 or better is considered passing
13. Read the Directions! Be sure to:
Interpret the quotation
Agree or disagree with the quotation as youve interpreted it
Choose two literary works to defend your interpretation of the critical lens
Make reference to literary elements that support your analysis of the quotation and literary works that youve selected
14. Meaning Meaning is the extent to which your response exhibits sound understanding, interpretation, and analysis of the task and texts.
15. Did you.
prove you understand the question and literary works youve selected?
provide a reasonable explanation of the Critical Lens quotation?
analyze the literary works effectively as they apply to your interpretation of the quotation?
16. Development Development is the extent to which ideas are elaborated using specific and relevant evidence from the texts.
17. Did you.
Use specific and appropriate evidence from the literary works you selected to defend your point?
Use specific and appropriate literary elements from the literary works you selected to further develop your argument?
Be careful to avoid PLOT SUMMARY!!!
18. Organization Organization is the extent to which the response exhibits direction, shape, and coherence.
19. Did you.
include an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion?
ensure that your ideas flow logically from one sentence to the next?
remain focused in your analysis?
use transitional words and phrases in a way that unifies your essay?
20. Transition Words & Phrases Transitions to show time
before, after, first, second, eventually, finally, since, suddenly, to begin with
Transitions of agreement
likewise, furthermore, additionally, similarly, moreover, in addition, by the same token
Transitions to contrast
but, on the other hand, on the contrary, although, however, nevertheless, conversely
21. Transitions to emphasize a point
again, indeed, for this reason, in fact, notably, especially, significantly
Transitions to add information
additionally, also, for example, for instance, such as
22. Transitions to clarify
in other words, that is to say, to clarify, put another way
Transitions to conclude/summarize
As a result, finally, in conclusion, consequentially, therefore, accordingly, in essence
23. Language Use Language Use is the extent to which the response reveals an awareness of audience and purpose through effective use of words, sentence structure, and sentence variety.
24. Did you.
demonstrate that you understand the audience and purpose of your essay?
use sophisticated language when appropriate?
construct sophisticated sentences when appropriate?
vary the length of your sentences as appropriate?
25. Conventions Evaluation of conventions is the extent to which the response exhibits conventional spelling, punctuation, paragraphing, capitalization, grammar, and usage.
Did you. PROOFREAD?????
26. Task 1: Listening for Understanding The Directions:
You will hear a listening passage once.
You are permitted to take notes in your exam booklet.
You will have a few minutes to review your notes and the multiple-choice questions.
27. The Directions:
You will hear the listening passage a second time.
You may take notes during the second reading or answer the questions.
28. The Listening Passage Is non-fiction
Is approximately a page and a half long
May take between five and ten minutes to readThe January 2011 and NYS Sample Listening Passages were:
Approximately 800 words long
Told from a 1st person point of view
29. Active Listening An Active Listener will:
Remember why s/he is listening
Make a conscious effort by remaining focused
Listen for key words, ideas, and phrases
Think about information in the passage while listening to it
30. An Active Listener will:
Note important signals or verbal cues that indicate important information
Does the speaker slow down?
Does the speaker raise his or her voice?
Does the speaker change his or her tone?
Does the speaker gesture with his/her hands?
31. Strategies for Note Taking Write only what seems important key words and phrases, main ideas, important facts and details
Be concise be as brief as possible without losing meaning write words and short phrases, not entire sentences
32. Strategies for Note Taking Organize your ideas try to follow a simple outline format or put main ideas on the left and supporting details on the right; leave space for more notes during the 2nd reading
Use shortcuts b4, bc, w/, w/o, &, info, ex, @, ?, ?
Consider the five Ws who, what, where, when, whyand also how
33. Test-taking Strategies Multiple-Choice Questions
Read only the question first; try to think of a reasonable answer on your own.
Check to see if there is a choice close to the answer you imagined.
Use the process of elimination by crossing out answers you know are wrong.
34. Dissecting the MC Questions Inference
Point of View
35. Inference Questions An inference question is a question that requires you draw a conclusion, or inference, based on the information presented and logical reasoning.
36. By stating that Abigail Adams reached beyond the kitchen and the nursery, the speaker suggests that Abigail:
(1) suffered from boredom
(2) broke with tradition
(3) sought new friends
(4) Traveled the country
37. Which answers are wrong? (1) there is no evidence that Abigail Adams is bored
(3) while this may be true, there is no evidence to prove it
(4) this is the tricky choice!
The correct answer is (2).
38. Listening Comprehension Listening comprehension questions are questions that require you to recall or recollect a fact or detail from the passage that was directly stated.
39. Listening Comprehension
As stated by the speaker, letter writing presented Abigail Adams with:
(1) an unexpected friendship
(2) a trivial pastime
(3) an emotional release
(4) a displeasing chore
40. Tone and Point of View Tone is the attitude of a speaker, writer, or subject.
Point of View is the perspective of the speaker, writer, or subject.
Both tone and point of view questions often have adjectives as possible answers.
41. Strategies for Tone and POV Read the question, cover the choices, and answer the question with your own adjective is there a choice that is a synonym of the word you selected?
42. Strategies for Tone and POV Ask yourself if the attitude or perspective is positive or negative eliminate choices that dont seem to match your determination sometimes you can do this even if you dont know the meaning of some of the choices!
43. What is the TONE? The speakers tone in the account can be described as
(1) harsh (3) sarcastic
(2) respectful (4) objective
Prefixes with Positive Connotation:
pro, syn, sym, ben
Prefixes with Negative Connotation:
de, dis, non, in, im, un, con, mal
44. 12 multiple-choice questions
6 questions on an informational, non-fiction passage
6 questions on a literary passage (fiction)
45. Task 2: Reading for Understanding The January 2011 and NYS Sample Reading Passages were:
Between 500-600 words
Told from a 3rd person perspective
Approximately 600 words
Told from a 3rd person perspective
46. Part 2: The Informational Passage Reading Comprehension
Vocabulary in Context
47. Vocabulary in Context The Passage:
Its an accessible sport. Its not just for racing; its also for recreational riding. Its a barrier breaker that allows a disabled rider to participate in cycling with friends and families who may be riding conventional bicycles.
48. Vocabulary in Context The Question:
The passage includes the quotation about the handcycle being a barrier breaker (line 8) in order to stress its
49. Anecdote the authors use of personal stories to convey the main idea
Cause & Effect the author presents a problem or idea, outlines causes of the problem or idea, and then presents the effects that the causes have on the problem or idea
Chronological Order information is presented in the order it happens
50. Comparison/Contrast the author introduces two or more events, people, places, or ideas and then identifies their similarities and differences
Problem & Solution the author presents a dilemma and a possible solution or solutions
Process/Listing an author might use this style if the information presented involves a series of steps
51. Part 2: The Literary Passage Inference
Vocabulary in Context
52. Special Cases:
Punctuation dashes (emphasis), question marks (reflection), exclamation points (strong emotions)
53. Literary Term Questions Identify
For example, Line 27 contains an example of
For example, The repetition used in line 16 emphasizes the or The water jug (line 42) becomes a symbol of
54. Important Literary Terms Characterization
55. Important Literary Terms Point of View
56. Two literary passages
Excerpt from a novel
57. Five Multiple-choice Questions
Vocabulary in Context
58. Writing for Critical Response Two Short-Response Questions
#26 Controlling Idea/Both passages
#27 Literary Element or Technique/One Passage
Short response does NOT mean short!
59. How do I construct a well-developed paragraph? A well-developed paragraph for Question #26 will include the following:
Introduction of the topic sentence and controlling idea (1-2 sentences)
Development of the controlling idea (1-2 sentences)
Examples or details from the 1st passage that support your controlling idea and a description of how they prove your point (2-3 sentences)
60. A well-developed paragraph for Question #26 will include the following:
Examples or details from the 2nd passage that support your controlling idea and a description of how they prove your point (2-3 sentences)
A conclusive statement that reiterates your controlling idea (1 sentence)
61. Exemplar Question #26 Successful and efficient communities cannot be built on laziness. In this era, in which hard work is rewarded and lathargy punished, communities must have a solid core of hard workers. In Passage II, the author expresses his gratitude torward these people. In fact, he states, I love people who harness themselveswho pull like water buffalo, who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward.
62. Exemplar Question #26 The author compares these hard workers to oxen and water buffalo, who are some of the hardest working animals. In Passage I, the author clearly admires his grandfather, who worked extremely hard to take care of his farm. Now it is the authors turn to work, shoveling the sidewalks on his street corner. Since there is a high school and elementary school nearby, it is imperative that the author do his job.
63. Exemplar Question #26 Children often walk by his house on their way to school and back and it is his obligation to keep those streets clear. The authors hard work is crucial in his communities success. In both passage, hard work is rewarded with gratitude and respect.
64. How do I construct another well-developed paragraph? A well-developed paragraph for Question #27 will include the following:
An introductory thesis statement (1-2 sentences)
Introduction and explanation of the literary element or technique (1 sentence)
Examples from the passage youve selected of the literary element or technique youve chosen; try to find at least two or three! (2 sentences)
65. A well-developed paragraph for Question #27 will include the following:
Analysis of HOW the authors use of that literary element or technique help the author to develop the passage, and specifically, the controlling idea (2-3 sentences)
A conclusive statement that reiterates your analysis of how the literary technique conveys meaning (1 sentence)
66. WARNING!!! The directions for Question #27 do not say you must define the literary element or technique you select.
HOWEVER, the January 2011 scoring materials provided to teachers say that a score of 2 provides an appropriate explanation of the literary element or technique chosen.
67. Remember, this is a new exam and the test-makers are still ironing out problems with the exam. Perhaps this will be corrected for the June exam, but to be safe, please provide an explanation or definition of the literary element or technique that you choose! It certainly will not hurt your score!
68. Exemplar Question #27 In Passage I the author uses the literary element of point of view to help develop his passage. The story is narrated by the author. This allows the reader to gain a deeper understanding of the narrator because the reader is given a direct window into the mind of the author. This window gives the reader an opportunity to understand his thought process.
69. Exemplar Question #27 When the narrator starts discussing how his obligation to shovel his sidewalk was passed onto him by his grandfather the reader has an easier time understanding and connecting to it than they would if the narrator was someone other than the author.
70. Part 4: Writing for Critical Analysis Before your exam:
Choose 4 or 5 novels or plays that you have read at some point in high school about which you feel you can write well
Take time to review the titles, authors, main characters, setting, conflicts, symbols, and themes
71. Part 4: Writing for Critical Analysis Before your exam:
Its generally not a good idea to choose a book that you read on your own, as you will likely find yourself writing about plot as opposed to conducting literary analysis
72. Possible Choices August Wilson
The Piano Lesson
Of Mice and Men
The Grapes of Wrath
Lord of the Flies
73. Possible Choices William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet
Othello: The Moor of Venice
A Separate Peace
74. The Critical Lens Essay Interpret the Critical Lens Quotation
Agree or disagree with the quote as youve interpreted it
Select two literary works that you will use to defend your analysis
Include specific evidence and literary elements or techniques from the selected works to validate your interpretation
75. Analyzing the Quote
76. Framing an Introduction
77. Sample Introduction
80. Building a Body Paragraph
81. Building a Body Paragraph
82. Building a Body Paragraph
83. Sample Body Paragraph
84. Crafting a Conclusion Restate your original thesis, preferably in new, original language.
Reemphasize the important points you made in your essay in a creative fashion.
This paragraph should be 3-5 sentences.
85. Writing Tips Titles of novels get underlined; plays, short stories, and poems should be in quotation marks
Use present tense verbs to discuss literature
Wrong: Celie eventually found happiness.
Right: Celie eventually finds happiness.
86. Writing Tips Explicitly reference literary terms such as characterization or symbolism
Avoid personal pronouns
Wrong: The quote means you can overcome dark times.
Right: The quote means that one can overcome dark times.
87. Time Management You have three hours to complete your exam.
The reading of the listening passage will take about 15 minutes.
1st: Listening Passage MC Questions (15-20 minutes)
2nd: Part 4: Critical Lens Essay (1 hour)
3rd: Part 3: Paired Passages
MC Questions: 10-20 minutes
#26: 20 minutes
#27: 20 minutes
4th: Part 2: MC Questions : (20-30 minutes)
89. Final Thoughts GOOD LUCK!