Tests are a genre. We don’t have to do test prep 24/7, but we do need to ensure that our students are familiar with that genre. One way to do this with PARCC reading comprehension questions is to analyze the online PARCC Practice Tests and incorporate their verbiage into your normal reading practice (e.g., Do Nows and homework). Hint: Use data from interim assessments to target particular standards with the appropriate questions. For example, if data showed your 6th-graders were struggling with CCS RL1, RL4, and/or L6, you could give them more practice with questions like #1 in the example below.
- PARCC Practice Tests: http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/english/
- Answer Keys: http://www.parcconline.org/practice-test-answers
|Question #||Question Stem||Standard(s)|
|6th grade example: 1||A: What does the word ___ mean as it is used in the sentence?
B: Which sentence from the passage best supports the answer from Part A?
|RL1, RL4, L6|
To download a file containing this table, click on PARCC Prep Analysis of Reading Questions TABLE
Check out the TLC “PARCC Prep” page for additional resources!