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CREATING THE MIDTERM EXAM

MUHAHAHAHA!!!!

Todays Schedule
End of novel discussion (1st block) Create test questions and answer key

(2nd block) Finish writing test questions and write review session lesson plan (3rd block) Review session (4th block)
Test tomorrow

5 Groups
Reading (2 groups) Writing Grammar Vocabulary

DEMO: http://vaassessments.com/v/ReadingDemo/ WRITTEN GUIDE:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/practice_items/engl ish/reading/guides/eoc_reading.pdf
PRACTICE ITEMS:

https://vastatic.testnav.com/vatrngqc/testnav7.5.10.58/epatLogin.jsp?testnavTestId=EOC109&testnavF ormId=1

READING GROUPS
Topics to Cover:
Symbolism Irony Allegory Prose Conflict Theme (especially examples which support this theme) Imagery Setting Foreshadowing Plot Universal theme (good vs. evil)

TIPS:
Remember: DO not just ask questions which

simply ask students to recall random facts from the novel or the definitions.
Identify an example or write an example

Literal, inferential, evaluative, synthesizing, and

critical thinking questions

IF you choose to do this:


1. The definition of irony is:
A. When a concrete object represents an abstract idea B. A conversation between characters C. The ending of the story D. The difference between what you expect and what happened

(Literal Question)

You must ALSO do this:


In the space below, write an example of

irony from the novel Lord of the Flies. You may use the novel.
_______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________

(Critical Thinking Question)

OR this:
Give the student a passage (you have to

type the passage) or summary of an event and ask them to identify the literary terms. (Evaluative Question)

In other words, its not enough for the

student to have memorized the definition or random facts from the novel. The student must be able to APPLY that definition and say why those facts are significant.
Otherwise, whats the point, right?

WRITING GROUP
Topics to cover:
Thesis Formal essay organization Paragraph organization How to write in text citations and quotes using MLA

(the style weve been learning)


Tips:
You could write a simple sample essay and, using

multiple questions, ask the student to highlight or identify the different parts of it.

VOCABULARY GROUP
Topics to cover:
3 prefixes, 3 roots, and 2 suffixes Connotation and denotation

Tips:
2 questions per prefix/suffix/root One asks the meaning One gives a word from the novel and asks what the

word means based on the definition of that root/prefix/suffix.

Examples
1. Based on your knowledge of roots, prefixes and suffixes, what does the word incredulous mean?
A. Skeptical B. Happy C. Trustworthy D. Expensive

2. Choose ALL of the answers that represent what the word snake could possibly connote:
A. A sneaky person B. A happy person C. A religious symbol for the devil D. A liar

Grammar
Topics to cover: Comma in a compound sentence Comma after an introductory clause Comma splices Tips:
Student corrects sentence Student identifies the rule used in the sentence Student writes the sentence Multiple choice

Groups
Reading Group 1 (Chapters 1-6) Jacque Jaray Jessica Reading Group 2 (Chapters 7-12) Shanta Sierra Justin Writing Group Katherine Randy Vocabulary Group Josh Will Antonyo Grammar Group Patrick Khalil

Drake

To create the test:


1. Go to: www.opendoor135.weebly.com 2. Click on: MIDTERM EXAM 3. Find the link to your groups Google Doc 4. Start typing your questions and answer key

YOU MAY USE ANY AND ALL RESOURCES/NOTES YOU HAVE, CREDIBLE WEBSITES, ME, AND/OR YOUR PARTNER When youre done writing your questions, figure out how you are going to review your information with the class (activity, lecture, worksheet, etc).