Our teachers and students have been working very hard to prepare for the upcoming STAR Test. Your child has learned many important test taking strategies in their classroom this year. Take time to practice the Twelve Powerful Words with your child. They have been learning these words in their classroom and should be able to tell you what the mean. These words are: trace, analyze, infer, evaluate, formulate, describe, support, explain, summarize, compare, contrast, predict. These vocabulary words are often seen on the State Test and can confuse students if they are not sure of the meaning.
Many students have also been learning the UNRAAVEL Strategy. Each letter of the word UNRAAVEL is a step that they will take when looking for the answer in a reading passage:
U – Underline the Title
- Read the title as you underline it.
- It will help you know what the selection is about.
N – Now Predict the Passage
- Use prior knowledge from similar passages.
- Use the pictures, graphs, etc.
R – Run Through and Number Paragraphs
- This will help you locate the answers later.
- It makes it easier to organize your thoughts.
A – Are You Reading the Questions?
- So you know what to look for.
- The questions usually explain the whole passage.
- Do NOT answer anything yet.
A – Are the Important Words Circled?
- These are usually “answers”.
- Write one or two words that tell what they mean.
V – Venture (Read) the Passage
- Read carefully through the passage.
- If you don’t understand something, reread it.
E – Eliminate any Obviously Wrong Answers
- Cross out any silly answers.
- Do not try to find the exact answer yet.
L – Let the Questions Be Answered
- Write the paragraph and line number where you found the answer (or inferred answer) next to the question.