Thursday, June 9, 2011

FCAT Released Reading Comprehension Tests

FCAT Reading Comprehension Test Online

FCAT Practice Reading Test Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 | Use the printable 2014 Released FCAT 2.0 Reading test to prepare for 2014 Testing window.  The newly released test FCAT 2.0 test incorporates Common Core Reading/ELA standards to determine how students are transitioning to the new standards.

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FCAT 2.0 Grade 3 Reading Sample Questions - Bureau of K-12 ...
FCAT 2.0 Grade 4 Reading Sample Questions - Bureau of K-12 ...
FCAT 2.0 Grade 5 Reading Sample Questions - Bureau of K-12 ...
FCAT 2.0 Grade 6 Reading Sample Questions - Bureau of K-12 ...
FCAT 2.0 Grade 7 Reading Sample Questions - Bureau of K-12 ...
FCAT 2.0 Grade 8 Reading Sample Questions - Bureau of K-12 ...
FCAT 2.0 Grade 9 Reading Sample Questions - Bureau of K-12 ...

FCAT 2.0 Grade 10 Reading Sample Questions - Bureau of K-12 ...

2007 FCAT Released Tests
Reading and Mathematics Test

Grade 5 Reading
Test Book (1MB)
Test Book with Answers (1MB)

Grade 6 Reading
Test Book (2MB)
Test Book with Answers (2MB)

Grade 8 Reading
Test Book (2MB)
Test Book with Answers (2MB) 

Grade 5 Math
Test Book (2MB)
Test Book with Answers (2MB)

Grade 6 Math
Test Book (1MB)
Test Book with Answers (1MB)


2006 FCAT Released Tests
Reading and Mathematics Test
Grade 3 Reading
Test Book (1MB)
Test Book with Answers (2MB)

Grade 7 Reading
Test Book (947KB)
Test Book with Answers (1022KB)
Grade 9 Reading
Test Book (1MB)
Test Book with Answers (1MB)

Grade 10 Reading
Test Book (2MB)
Test Book with Answers (1MB)

 Grade 3 Math
Test Book (865KB)
Test Book with Answers (914KB)

Grade 7 Math
Test Book (628KB)
Test Book with Answers (685KB)
Grade 9 Math
Test Book (784KB)
Test Book with Answers (831KB)

Grade 10 Math
Test Book (851KB)
Test Book with Answers (928KB)

2005 FCAT Released Tests
Reading and Mathematics Test
Grade 4 Reading
Test Book (2MB)
Test Book with Answers (2MB)

Grade 8 Reading
Test Book (2MB)
Test Book with Answers (2MB)

Grade 10 Reading
Test Book (713KB)
Test Book with Answers (803KB)

 Grade 4 Math
Test Book (977KB)
Test Book with Answers (1MB

Grade 8 Math
Test Book (1MB)
Test Book with Answers (1MB)
Grade 10 Math
Test Book (846KB)
Test Book with Answers (905KB)


Reading Comprehension Passages The selected reading Passages are from Harcourt the same publisher of the Stanford 9 test of student readiness.

The passages are a great review before standardized testing.
  1. Author's Purpose - A Very Important Day Grade 4
  2. Author's Purpose - Blue Willow Grade 4
  3. Author's Purpose - Frindle  Grade 5
  4. Author's Purpose - Little by Little Grade 5
  5. Author's Purpose - The Crowded House  Grade 3
  6. Author's Purpose - The Down and Up Fall Grade 4
  7. Author's Purpose - Turtle Bay Grade 3
  8. Author's Purpose - Wild Shots, They're My Life Grade 3

  1. Cause & Effect - Alejandro's Gift Grade 3
  2. Cause & Effect - Flippy's Adventures
  3. Cause & Effect - Stealing Home
  4. Cause & Effect - The Armadillo from Amarillo
  5. Cause & Effect - The Garden of Happiness

  1. Characterization - Dear Mr. Henshaw
  2. Characterization - Off and Running
  3.  
  4. Compare & Contrast - Cocoa Ice
  5. Compare & Contrast - Coyote Places the Stars
  6. Compare & Contrast - Frog and Toad Webquest
  7. Compare & Contrast - Lon Po Po
  8. Compare & Contrast - One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale
  9. Compare & Contrast - Stealing Home
  10. Compare & Contrast - Stealing Home Interactive
  11. Compare & Contrast - Stealing Home Test Tutor
  12. Compare & Contrast - Two Lands, One Heart Interactive
  13. Compare & Contrast - Two Lands, One Heart Test Tutor

  1. Drawing Conclusions - A Cricket in Times Square
  2. Drawing Conclusions - Iditarod Dream
  3. Drawing Conclusions - Sarah Plain and Tall
  4. Drawing Conclusions - Sarah, Plain, and Tall
  5. Drawing Conclusions - The Fun They Had
  6. Drawing Conclusions - The Talent Show
  7. Drawing Conclusions - We'll Never Forget You Roberto Clemente

  1. Fact & Opinion - Boom Town
  2. Fact & Opinion - Leah's Pony
  3. Fact & Opinion - Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox
  4. Fact & Opinion - Satchmo's Blues
  5. Fact & Opinion - The Gold Rush
  6. Fact & Opinion - William Shakespeare and the Globe

  1. Figurative Language - Island of the Blue Dolphins
  2. Figurative Language - Papa Tells Chita a Story.
  3. Figurative Language - The Baker's Neighbor
  4. Figurative Language - The Emperor and the Kite
  5. Figurative Language - The Garden of Happiness

  1. Main Idea - If You Made a Million
  2. Main Idea - In the Days of King Adobe
  3. Main Idea - Yippee-Yay!

  1. Sequence - Centerfield Ballhawk
  2. Sequence - In My Family
  3. Sequence - Red Writing Hood
  4. Sequence - Sequence of Events
  5. Sequence - The Case of Pablo's Nose
  6. Sequence - The Stories Julian Tells
  7. Sequence - Three Little Pigs

  1. Story Elements - Allie's Basketball Dreams
  2. Story Elements - Cinderella Interactive
  3. Story Elements - Elena
  4. Story Elements - My Name is Maria Isabel
  5. Story Elements - Pepita Talks Twice
  6. Story Elements - Sayings We Share
  7. Story Elements - Sees Behind Bees
  8. Story Elements - The Emperor and the Kite
  9. Story Elements - The Gardner


  1. Summarize - Black Frontiers
  2. Summarize - Folktales from Asia
  3. Summarize - How to Babysit an Orangutan
  4. Summarize - I'm in Charge of the Celebration
  5. Summarize - Look to the North
  6. Summarize - Look to the North Test Tutor
  7. Summarize - Make a Long Story Short
  8. Summarize - Nights of the Puffins
  9. Summarize - Papa Tells Chita a Story
  10. Summarize - Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears
  11. Summarize - Woodsong
  1. Text Features - Fire!
  2. Text Features - Rocking and Rolling
  3. Text Features - Saguaro Cactus
 
  1. Text Structure - Dear Mr. Henshaw
  2. Text Structure - Evelyn Cisneros
  3. Text Structure - Lewis and Clark
  4. Text Structure - Name This American
  5. Text Structure - Oceans
  6. Text Structure - Oceans 2
  7. Text Structure - Off and Running
  8. Text Structure - Summer of Fire
  9. Text Structure - The Case of the Flying Saucer People
  10. Text Structure - The Case of the Flying Saucer People 2

 Passing FCAT Writing Test 2012

FCAT Writing Assessments 2012: How to help your students pass the FCAT writing assessment.

The FCAT writing test is a responses to a prompt ether persuasive, narrative, or expository. Three areas that needed equal attention on past FCAT writing test and should be mastered to pass the FCAT writing tests in 4th, 8th and 10th grade.


2010 FCAT writing prompts

Grade 4 Writing to Tell a Story (Narrative) 2010 prompts
The Grade 4 narrative prompt directed the student to write a story about a day some 4th grade students made lunch for the school.

Grade 8 Writing to Explain (Expository)
 The Grade 8 expository prompt directed the student to explain the biggest change he or she has experienced from elementary to middle school.

Grade 10 Writing to Persuade (Persuasive)
The Grade 10 expository prompt directed the student to explain how being famous would affect someone's life. 


2011 FCAT writing prompts

Grade 4 Writing to Explain (Expository) The Grade 4 expository prompt directed the student to explain the kind of weather he or she likes.

Grade 8 Writing to Explain (Expository) The Grade 8 expository prompt directed the student to think about a place he or she likes to go again and again and explain why he or she likes to go to this place.

Grade 10 Writing to Explain (Expository)
The Grade 10 persuasive prompt directed the student to persuade state legislators whether school libraries should provide Internet access for students.


All at-risk students must be trained to use a systematic graphic organizer that covers the expository,
persuasive, or narrative. Students must have time and multiple opportunities to learn the critical tier 2 and their 3 vocabulary that they will find on the multiple choice section of the writing test. I use a STEAL Characterization chart with my students to enhance reading instruction and writing instruction when ever possible to get students thinking and using this powerful tool. I also expose my students daily to the academic writing vocabulary.

Narrative writing is a constructive format that describes a sequence of non-fictional or fictional events in a story. The word "story" may be used as a synonym of "narrative", but can also be used to refer to the sequence of events described in a narrative. A narrative can also be told by a character within a larger narrative.

Expository writing is a type of writing where the purpose is to inform, describe, explain, or define the author's subject to the reader. Expository text is meant to deposit information and is the most frequently used type of writing by students in colleges, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and universities. A well-written exposition remains focused on its topic and lists events in chronological order. Examples of expository writing include driving directions and instructions on performing a task. Key words such as first, after, next, then, last, before that, and usually signal sequential writing. Second-person instructions with "you" are acceptable.However, the use of first-person pronouns should be avoided ( For example, I, I think etc...). Expository essays should not reveal the opinion of the writer.


Persuasive writing, also referred to as a creative writing or an argument, is a piece of writing in which the writer uses words to convince the reader of his/her view regarding an issue. Persuasive writing sometimes involves convincing the reader to perform an action, or it may simply consist of an argument(s) convincing the reader of the writer’s point of view. Persuasive writing is one of the most used writing types in the world. Persuasive writers employ many techniques to improve their argument and show support for their claim. Simply put, persuasive writing is "an essay that offers and supports an opinion".
 
Please use the sample STEAL chart below or design your own to start getting your students ready to pass the FCAT Writing Test this spring.

Academic ELA Vocabulary Tier 3 Writing Glossary
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Develop your own graphic organizers that help your students master expository/personal narrative writing.

“The Silver Bullet” STEAL Students Graphic Organizer
96% Passing State Writing Test 25% Exceeding State Writing    

WORD CHOICE
Verbs and Adverbs
Topic Sentence W.W.W. Who, What, and WHY!  What: My first roller coaster ride Who: I am Alone Why: My parents are afraid to ride the Matterhorn
Topic Sentence It introduces the main idea of the paragraph
WORD CHOICE
Nouns and Adjectives
Debated decided dedicated valued chose cleaned
S – Speech/ Speaking / Dialogue
Speech What does the character say (YOU, FRIENDS, FAMILY)?
swift ancient modern bitter sweet alert sane
vaulted viewed visualized volunteered Captured cared for carried caught categorized challenged
T – thoughts/feelings/attitudes
Thoughts What is important about the character’s thoughts and feelings (YOU, FRIENDS, FAMILY)?
attractive sticky fuzzy giant fresh  graceful harsh whispering puny harsh noisy quiet shrill
championed changed checked cleared closed coached commanded commended
E – emotions/effects on others
Effect How do other characters feel or behave or react to the characters?
teeny massive careful cheap expensive rainy crystal sore dangerous combative
concentrated confronted constructed consulted continued controlled convinced cooperated copied corrected counseled
A – actions
Actions What does the character do? How does the character behave?
weary dull drab dim aggressive mellow fancy excited scared filthy superior lazy excited hungry crazy
created customized joined judged observed tackled talked targeted tasted taught obtained offered translated


L – looks/ settings/ imagery/ what
Looks What do you see? What do the characters look like? How does the character dress?
poor rich busy anxious steep skinny petite tiny miniscule salty delicious terrible dead alive huge tremendous elderly handsome ugly beautiful shiny
WORD CHOICE
Verbs and Adverbs

Topic Sentence W.W.W. Who, What, and WHY!
WORD CHOICE
Nouns and Adjectives


S – Speech/ Speaking / Dialogue







T – thoughts/feelings








E – effects/emotions on others








A – actions








L – looks/ settings





WORD CHOICE
Verbs and Adverbs

Topic Sentence W.W.W. Who, What, and WHY!
WORD CHOICE
Nouns and Adjectives


S – Speech/ Speaking / Dialogue







T – thoughts/feelings








E – effects/emotions on others








A – actions






L – looks/ settings

1 comment:

  1. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great way to practice for tests and THE state test, which is tomorrow!! *sigh*

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