We have our state testing in a couple of weeks, so I am going to spend next week doing some AMAZING test prep activities that I found on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Speaking and Listening
To practice speaking and listening, we talked about motivation, specifically they why behind what we do. I started with a YouTube video about how successful people think. We talked about what it means to be successful, and the characteristics of successful people. I found a wonderful article on NY Times about what makes motivation effective. I had the students read through the article and we discussed what it takes to have effective motivation. Then we tied that in with a TED Talk given by Daniel Pink, "The Puzzle of Motivation." This is a condensed version of his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. I used Laura Randazzo's FREE TED Talk Worksheet while they were watching the speech. I love how it asked questions about the speaker using Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. It was the perfect tie in to our last unit. Lastly, to make sure the kids get some daily writing practice, I had them write a reflection about what motivates them. I asked the students to write a 3-paragraph "mini-essay" for their reflection, otherwise I wold have gotten SEVERAL 2 sentence responses. I really wanted to students to reflect about what motivates them.
I am including my Motivation Reflection on my Free Stuff page!
To review our literary elements, we read "The Scarlet Ibis." We read through the story discussion the characterization of Doodle and Brother and the symbolism used throughout the story. Then I had the students fill out Spark Creativity's One-Pager Notes. I loved seeing the doodles and images they made to represent the themes, symbols, characters, language, and setting in the story. If there is time, I want the students to write a paragraph about how the symbolism in the story helps the theme to develop. I got this idea from Laura Randazzo's "Scarlet Ibis" Lesson plan.
Reading Informational Text
To review reading Nonfiction, I used The Daring English Teacher's Nonfiction Reading Escape Room. It is perfect for helping students to read and understand nonfiction texts. My students love escape room activities. It keeps them engaged and thinking. This escape room activity was a great way for students to prepare for the types of questions and passage they will see on our state test.