Friday, April 19, 2013

Get Used to It, Kids

Javier Hernandez and Al Baker:

Students said they struggled with questions that asked them to discuss how a writer constructed a story rather than about the content of the passage itself. One question, for instance, asked students to analyze how an author built suspense in describing a girl whose rope snapped while in a cave.

This is one of those topics which will jump out a lot more on the actual tests than in reading the standards.

Grade 8, reading literature standard 6:

Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.

It is very specific, so you pretty much have to try to directly prep for it. It is... peculiar enough though that you'd better just trust Pearson's interpretation of what it means, since what really matters is how it will be implemented on the tests.

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