Are your students ready for the STAAR test? Help them review graphical elements, poetic technique, and more with the aid of this resource. A PowerPoint is included to guide them through note-taking, a practice poem, and independent review.
This resource includes:
A 25-slide PowerPoint to lead students through visual note-taking and the guided practice poem. It details how to create the visual notes, what to look for in the poem, shows possible answers for the analysis sheet, and explains answers for the comprehension questions.
Two different templates for visual note-taking (great for students who were absent or who need differentiation)
STARS: A poem for guided practice which includes graphical elements and poetic techniques.
An analysis page for “STARS”
Comprehension questions for “STARS”, using question stems from the 7th grade STAAR Reading test.
WHY NOT ME?: A poem for independent practice which includes graphical elements and poetic techniques.
Pre-reading Vocabulary: An activity for “Why Not Me?” which allows students practice with context clues, matching definitions, and visualizing vocabulary.
An analysis page for “WHY NOT ME? ”
Comprehension questions for “WHY NOT ME?”, using question stems from the 7th grade STAAR Reading test.
**Teaching times will vary with the fluency and academic levels of your class. My ESL Newcomers (mainly beginning-low intermediate level) took one day to complete the visual notes; one day to read through “STARS” , discuss unfamiliar vocabulary, and identify the graphical and poetic elements; then a third day to complete the analysis sheet as a group (they did the summary square alone with sentence stems) and comprehension questions. It took them an additional two 50-minute periods to complete the independent practice activities.