The READING exam will include content from stories, as well as comprehension strategies and skills. The stories covered on the exams include What is an Orchestra, Aida, The Nightingale, The Sound of Flutes, Ray and Mr. Pit, Beethoven Lives Upstairs, The Man who wrote Messiah, Protecting Wildlife, The Most Beautiful Roof in the World, Alejandro’s Gift.
- Apply various reading strategies to read a selection and answer comprehension questions. Monitoring and adjusting reading speed is especially important in order to ensure you finish.
- Know the main ideas and supporting details of all stories listed above.
- Be able to determine if a statement about a story is true or false.
- Know the definitions of all vocabulary words. Be able to use each word in the correct context.
- Know all comprehension strategies. These include Monitoring and Clarifying, Predicting, Summarizing, Asking Questions, Visualizing, and Monitoring and Adjusting Reading Speed. Be able to apply strategies to examples in stories.
- Know all comprehension skills. These include Author’s Purpose, Cause and Effect, Sequencing, Main Idea and Supporting Details, Compare and Contrast, Making Inferences, and Drawing Conclusions. Be able to apply skills to examples in stories.
- Explain the statement, “Science is the machinery that runs the earth.” Use examples from The Most Beautiful Roof in the World.
- How can we protect wildlife? Why is it important to do so?
- Why does the flute-whittling practice catch on? How is this similar to courting rituals “catching on” in a given era?
- Compare your biggest influence to the influence Mr. Pit had on Ray Charles.
The LANGUAGE ARTS exam will include the following:
1. Be able to proofread and correct sentences for grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence combination. Know the correct proofreading marks.
2. Be able to sequence sentences in the correct order.
3. Be able to identify correct topic sentences for a paragraph.
4. Be able to identify and distinguish between gerunds, participles, and verbs.
5. Be able to identify direct objects and indirect objects.
6. Be able to identify pronouns and their antecedents.
7. Know all spelling words from quarter 4, beginning with Unit 4, and ending with Unit 5, “Alejandro’s Gift.”
a. Identify misspelled words
b. Identify correctly spelled words
c. Oral spelling test
8. Be able to correctly punctuate sentences that contain parentheses, hyphens, dashes, and colons.
9. Be able to write sentences that fulfill specific directions.
a. With a direct object
b. With an indirect object
c. With a participle
d. With a gerund
e. With either…or showing correct subject-verb agreement
10. Be able to write a persuasive letter that garners interest, presents your idea creatively, and persuades readers to support a specific cause (the cause will be given to you!).
11. Know the meanings of the prefixes and suffixes studied this quarter. Be able to write a word using that suffix.
a. Number prefixes
b. Adverb suffixes
c. Adjective suffixes