Exam 2013

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Semester Reflection 2013

Student Name: _______________________Period:___

For this portion of the exam, you will need your journal, your reading logs and pieces of writing we’ve
worked on this year. Please answer each question as completely and specifically as possible.
Final Exam Scoring

Ideas &
Organization
Support

A
All answers reflect
specifically on skills
learned; paragraphs are
well developed; answers are
organized

B
Most answers reflect
specifically on skills
learned; most answers are
written in organized and
developed paragraphs

C
Some answers reflect
generally on skills learned;
a few answers may not be
well developed or organized
in paragraph format

Specific evidence is
described and explained for
all skills learned.

Evidence is explained for
most skills learned;
sometimes it is specific.

Some evidence is generally
described for some skills
learned.

D
Few answers reflect
specifically on skills learned
or describe rather than
reflect; answers are general,
brief and may not be
written as paragraphs
Student cannot or does not
describe specific evidence of
skills learned.

INDEPENDENT READING
On my own, I read ______________ books this year.
What was your reading rate in pages per week when we measured it in January?
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Do you think your reading rate has gone up or down? Why?
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Record the total number of pages you read for each week of the semester below. See the Reading
Record at http://is.gd/V8QPtX. If you did not record for that week, note DNR.
Total
Total
Total
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Pages
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2/15
2/22
3/1
3/8
3/15
3/22
4/5
4/26
5/3

Total
Pages
5/10

Total
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5/17

Total
Pages
5/24

Total
Pages
5/31

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Make a claim about yourself as a reader and support your claim with evidence from the data above.
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Think about the characters whose story you most enjoyed. What trait do those characters have in
common? Write a paragraph explaining how several characters share this character trait. Be sure to note
the book (title and author) from which each character comes. Use and interpret evidence from the books
you have written to support your claim about these characters.
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How is reading independently (books of your choice) different from reading to analyze a work of
literature?
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Think about goal for Socratic Circle discussions. The goal states that students will be able to connect to
text or each other as well as ask and respond to questions in order to propel conversation about a text.
Where are you in terms of your ability to meet (or master) goal?
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Read and annotate the text you were given. Annotate for imagery and for what you need to
complete the organizer the TPCASTT organizer (attach it to your test).
Note 3 questions you could ask about this text in a Socratic circle discussion:
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Write a quick response to one of the questions you noted –share your thinking as you would in the
Socratic Circle discussion:
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How many finished drafts are in your writing folder? _______________ finished drafts. List the titles of
the drafts you’ve written below:
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Which piece of writing (of all the writing we’ve done so far) is your best work? Why?
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How is analytical writing (like the poetry analysis essay) different from narrative writing?
Describe the role of claims, evidence and interpretation in analytical writing.
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English class is supposed to develop your skill in reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing. A
proficient student should be able to read and write critically about content or media. With that in mind,
what are your strengths in English language arts at the end of the school year?
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Technology is a powerful tool for learning. We have used a variety of digital tools to learn this year
(Ning, Google Drive/Docs, Movie Maker, iMovie, YouTube, various websites, Twitter, cell phones)—
what is the biggest (or best) lesson you have learned about using technology for academic purposes?
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