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Charlotte’s Web Bundle: Final Test, Book Report Project, Writing & Word Search
25% Off Savings: This bundle contains a four-page Charlotte’s web Test with answer key AND a Charlotte’s web project where students create a movie poster for this classic novel.✿ Charlotte’s Web 4-page test includes: Order of Events, Character Matching, Multiple Choice, and 3 Short Answer Response. This Charlotte’s Wb Quiz includes Answer Key as well! Test includes 50 possible points.I recommend giving this as an open-book test so that students have the opportunity to go back and check their ans
Research and Writing Skills Pre- and Post- Test or Final Exam for High School
Test questions can be extremely time-consuming to put together, and teachers need them so frequently. We rely on tests to inform our instruction and track student growth, so the test items need to be well thought-out, clearly worded, and targeted at important skills. This high school ELA writing test can be used as a pre and post assessment to track students’ growth, as a practice test, as a research and writing unit test or as part of a larger final exam. I’ve been using these questions on my f
Argumentative Writing: Final Test (common core)
This test aligns to the common core standards for informational texts and argumentative writing. It includes multiple-choice, short answer and extended response. The test was designed to be completed in a single 40 min class period. See the lessons on “Claims, Evidence, and Warrants” to help students prepare or review for this assessment.
Student Self Assessment for Creative Writing Class – Short Prompts / Final Exam
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This can be used as a final exam for a creative writing course, or just as a final assignment and evaluation for the course. Students will reflect on their performance throughout the class, their writings, and how they have improved as a writer. There are 10 prompts for which they will write about a paragraph, and then question 11 asks them to give themselves the grade they think they deserve for the course. The questions are general, so this can be used with any creative writing and/or English
Creative Writing Final Exam Study Guide
Creative Writing Final Exam Study Guide. 1. Acrostic. a p oem or a series of lines in which certain letters, for example, the first, form a name or motto. 2. Alliteration. repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words. 3. Allusion. – PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Text of Creative Writing Final Exam Study Guide
Creative Writing Final Exam Study Guide11. Acrostica poem or a series of lines in which certain letters, for example, the first, form a name or motto.2. Alliterationrepetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words3. Allusiona reference in a literary work to a well-known character, phrase, or situation from history4. Anecdotea short written or oral account of an event from a persons life.5. antagonistthe character in contrast or opposition to the main character6. autobiographya persons account of his or her life.7. biographya nonfiction account of a persons life written by another person8. brainstorminga technique to generate ideas in which the person writes down ideas as quickly as possible without judging the ideas9. characteran individual in a literary work.10. characterizationMethod of revealing a characters personality11. direct characterizationThe writer makes explicit statements about the character; the character is revealed through his or her own actions, words, thoughts, reactions, and beliefs12. indirect characterizationThe writer reveals a character through the reactions, thoughts, words, and beliefs of other characters13. chronological orderthe ordering of events according to time14. climaxThe point of the greatest emotional intensity, interest, or suspense in the plot of the literary work; the highest point in a story15. conflictThe struggle between opposing forces in a story or drama.16. internal conflictA struggle that takes place within the mind of a character who is torn between opposing feelings or goals; man vs. self17. external conflictexists when a character struggles against some outside force, such as another person, nature, society, or fate; three types:man vs. manman vs. natureman vs. society18. denouementthe resolution (outcome) of a story.19. diamanteA diamond shaped poem focused on opposites.20. diaryA personal record of experiences, events, and observations.21. dynamicA descriptive word for a character who changes22. expositoryThe explanation of a subject; a mode of writing whose purpose is to inform or to explain23. falling actionthe action or events that follow the climax2424. flata character who reveals only one personality trait; predictions cannot be made about this type of character25. formula poetrya formula or fixed pattern dictates the form, structure, and/or content of a poem26. free writingwriting nonstop for a set time, usually only five or ten minutes; the idea is to get your thoughts on paper; it can begin anywhere and go anywhere; the purpose is to help you get started or free your mind27. free versepoetry that has no fixed pattern of meter, rhyme, line length, or stanza arrangement28. haikua type of poetry characterized by the following : three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables; originated in Japan; traditional topic is nature29. essaya writing attempt on a topic; a short work of nonfiction on a single topic30. expositionintroduces the storys characters, setting, and situation. background information31. hookthat which gets the readers attention at the beginning of any piece of writing32. imagerydescriptive writing that appeals to one or more of the 5 senses; writing that paints a picture33. limericka short poem fitting the following formula:lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme (longer).lines 3, and 4 rhyme (shorter).The limerick is usually humorous.34. journala daily record of events kept by a participant in those events or a witness to them; not meant to be a private document35. fablea short story with animal characters that teaches a lesson36. similea comparison between two seemingly unlike things using like or as37.metaphor a comparison between two seemingly unlike things not using like or as; a DIRECT comparison38. moodthe feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates39. narrativea piece of writing or speech that tells a story; driven by a conflict or problem, a narrative unfolds event by event and leads to a resolution40. onomatopoeia Use of a word or phrase that imitates or suggests the sound of what it describes41. organizational patterns of writing (5)Method for organizing a piece of writingChronological (time)Spatial (space)Problem-solutionSequential (sequence of events; order)Cause-effect
42. paragraph a unit of writing that consists of related sentences43. sequential orderA method of organization which relies on the sequence (order) of events44. point of viewthe perspective from which the story is told45. first person The narrator is a character in the story and is referred to as I. The reader sees everything through the eyes of the narrator.46. Third-person limitedThe narrator reveals the thoughts, feelings, and observations o f only one character, referring to that character as he, or she.4747. Third-person omniscientAll-knowing point of view; the narrator is not a character in the story but rather is someone who stands outside the story and comments on the action. A third-person omniscient narrator knows everything about the characters and the events and may reveal details that the characters could not themselves reveal.48. Plot diagram_/_ (c) /(b) / (d) / _______ _________ (a) (e)
(a) exposition (d) falling action(b) rising action (e) resolution/ (c) climax denouement
49. protagonistThe main character in the story; hero50. recursiveA term that describes the writing process: goes back on itself; circular; can double back to previous steps or jump ahead51.resolutionthat part of the plot that concludes the falling action by revealing or suggesting the outcome of the conflictsynonym: denouement52.rising actionthe events that lead up to the climax
53.round (character)a character in a story who is highly developed or more fully developed than other characters; easy to make predictions about a round character; encounters conflict and is changed by it; shows varied and sometimes contradictory traits54.rubrican explicit (precise) summary of the criteria for assessing a particular piece of student work, plus levels of potential achievement for each criterion55. sequential ordera method of organization for a written of work or a speech based on sequence or the order of events56. setting the time and location57. static (character)a character who remains the same throughout the story; does not undergo any significant change58. themethe main often idea or message of a story, poem, novel, or play often expressed as a general statement about life59. titleAn identifying name given to a book, play, film, musical composition, or other work.60. Transition wordshelp ideas flow within sentences, from sentence to sentence, and from paragraph to paragraph;provide logical organization and understandabilityimprove the connections and transitions between thoughts61. Writing processThe series of overlapping steps used to produce a text:prewriting draftingediting and revisingproofreadingpublishingbest described as recursive
62. What is the strongest sense?smell63. How can character be revealed?by making a character roundthrough dialoguethrough direct and indirect characterizationthe characters handling of conflictc64Quotation Marks Rule 1Use quotation marks to enclose a direct quotation, a persons exact wordsQuotation Marks Rule 2A direct quotation begins with a capital letter.Quotation Marks Rule 3When a quoted sentence is divided into two parts by an interrupting expression such as he said or mother asked, the second part beings with a smaller letter.Quotation Marks Rule 4A direct quotation is set off from the rest of the sentence by commas, a question mark, or exclamation point.Quotation Marks Rule 5 Commas and periods are always placed inside the closing quotation marks.Quotation Marks Rule 6Quotation Marks Rule 7Correct the following: 67. What is the main purpose of personal writing?To record ideas and experienceto discover things about oneself and the world68. List at least five methods/ways you can use to come up with a story idea?
1. Keep a journal.2. Freewrite.3. Brainstorm.4. Read newspapers.5. Use a photograph.69. What is the main reason for writing an autobiography?to examine the meaning or significance of events in the writers life.70. How can you determine whether or not the dialogue you have written is realistic?Read it aloud.Questions 71-73What language device is illustrated in the passage?71. What language device is used in the passage below?Life is a broken-winged bird.-Dreamsmetaphor72. What language device is used in the passage below?But I was going to say when Truth broke in With all her matter of fact about the ice storm,- Birchespersonification73. What language device is used in the passage below?Life is like a box of chocolates. Forrest Gumpsimile74. Define creativity.the ability to produce something new through imaginative skill, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, a new form, or a new artistic product .
75. When proposing a story idea, what should you consider?who, what, when, where, why, and howthe purpose of the writingthe audience
Ask Students to Write the Final Exam
Asking the right question is no easy task. Teachers spend years fine-tuning questions and lesson plans. But when students get these questions, it’s for the first time. According to my students, the hardest paper assignment I gave them was for our poetry unit–but not because it was on poetry. I asked my students to explicate a poem, performing their own original reading of the poem’s meaning. The hard part was the lack of structure–I asked them to construct their own thesis questions and statements–and they were afraid of being wrong. I have faith in my students’ ability to construct a thesis at the end of the semester because we have spent months on arguable claims and composition. My response to them was twofold: critical thinking requires taking risks but one can minimize the risk by understanding how questions are formed. To lessen their fear about the final essay exam, I made them the question-makers.
Students practiced forming thesis questions by writing their own final exam questions. Although studies have shown that there is little pedagogical benefit to final essay exams, many departments outside of English ask students to take them. I would rather avoid a timed essay exam because my main goal is to help students start preparing a paper weeks in advance of a deadline. However, it is fitting that students get practice preparing for essay exams in their required composition course if that’s what they are expected to do outside of it…at least in college, if not after.
How We Did It
Two class periods before their final exam, I put them into groups of 4-5 and asked them to write the exam. Each group needed to write three questions, one for each genre we read (or they could combine two genres into one question and write a creative writing question as one of the three). I posted some helpful vocabulary on the board with useful definitions for task-terms such as these: analyze, examine, compare, describe, and demonstrate. I also asked groups to construct each question with a different task-term.
The definitions helped students really understand what task each word asks a student to do, and I explained that longer essays might ask for two or three things while short essays ask for only one. Walking around the room, I facilitated discussions about what makes a good question and helped students think about what answers they were looking for.
During our last class before the final exam, I posted a Google survey that contained all of their questions and students voted on their favorite six (I let them take out their phones for this). The questions largely remained as the students had originally written them, save for a few grammatical changes. I emailed them the final six questions (they had to choose three out of the six to answer on exam day) so they could practice at home.
Students constructed and voted for questions that had clear expectations, reflected the theme of the course, and that they knew they could answer with the skills they had learned. The questions were fair, required having read the texts, and they didn’t ask too much of students.
The creative writing questions were not only fun but also required in-depth knowledge about the texts. For instance, one question asked students to write a parody of a poem and I reminded them that their parodies needed to reflect the rhyme and meter of the original, and to use select diction to hint at what poem they were parodying in order for the parody or satire to be successful. Broetry does a particularly good job of this, so I showed them an example. I did what I always do: before the exam, we talked through a few potential directions they might take in their answers.
As you can imagine, the exams I read were stronger and inspired compared to previous exams I’ve given because students were invested in the process and the outcome. They were also less nervous, wrote more like themselves, and I believe they had an easier time recalling information because they were able to practice beforehand. While this exercise might sound less rigorous than a traditional exam format, the learning outcomes were great: increased understanding of how exams are created, and ability to determine what questions are asking for. Both lead to better exam-takers and better answers.
I’m definitely not the first who has done this, but from what I’ve read and learned along the way it seems this is the best way to make a timed essay exam pedagogically valuable, especially in a college composition course. Exam writing in itself is an art of composition. If you try it in your class, I’d love to hear about it!