NJ ASK Family Night – ELA 2014

NJ ASK Family Night
English Language Arts
Presented By:
Anne Scaffo, ELA Instructional Coach
Ted Peters, Reutter School Principal
ELA Transition to the CCSS
The CCSS in English Language Arts
focus on:
• Increasing text complexity and
emphasis on academic vocabulary.
• Building of knowledge through
content-rich informational text.
• Text-dependent reading questions
to elicit responses grounded in
specific evidence from the text.
These areas of focus are reflected
in the reading and writing tasks of
the NJ ASK assessments at all grade
Reading and Writing Shifts
• In Reading, the major advances are the shift
away from literature-focused standards to a
balance of literature and informational texts
to reflect college- and career-ready
expectations. There is also a greater focus
on text complexity and at what level
students should be reading.
• In Writing, there is a strong emphasis on
argument and informative/ explanatory
writing, along with an emphasis on writing
about sources or using evidence to inform
an argument.
Across the Curriculum
• The Common Core also address reading, writing and literacy
across the curriculum, and include literacy standards for science,
social studies and technical subjects. These standards
complement rather than replace content standards in those
subjects, and are the responsibility of teachers in those specific
disciplines, making literacy a shared responsibility across
ELA Transition to the CCSS
• Use of textual evidence in responses to reading
and writing tasks.
• Expectations are that a student’s ability to use
text-based information increases with each
grade level, and that a student’s skills at any
grade level will improve with an increased
emphasis on text-based understanding in
classroom instruction.
• All passages will require students to read and to
comprehend at the higher end of text
complexity for their grade level. (NOTE: NJ ASK
historically uses texts at this level whenever
content is appropriate.)
ELA on the NJ ASK
ELA on the NJ ASK
ELA on the NJ ASK
NJ ASK 3-5 operational tests include three reading passages at each grade level.
• NJ ASK 6-8 operational tests include four reading passages per grade level.
• Reading passages will include informational reading selections as well as literature
from a wide array of authentic sources.
• Fifty percent or more of the reading passages are informational.
• All reading items will present questions that address the Common Core
• All reading constructed-response items will continue to be scored using the OpenEnded Reading rubric, 0-4 points.
• The reading comprehension constructed-response questions measure the
Common Core State Standards for Literature and Informational texts.
• Additional field-test passages and items will be included. They will not be counted
in the student score.
ELA on the NJ ASK
Open-Ended Scoring Rubric
RACER - Open Ended Questions
• R – Restate
• A – Answer
• C – Cite Textual Evidence
• E – Explain
• R - Revise
ELA on the NJ ASK
• ELA writing tasks require students
to respond for a variety of
purposes (e.g.,
informative/explanatory, opinion,
and narrative).
• All writing prompt responses will
continue to be scored using the
modified NJ Registered Holistic
Scoring Rubric (a 5/6-point scale).
• Additional field-test writing
prompts will be included. They will
not be included in the students’
ELA on the NJ ASK
Grade 3-5 Writing
• Informative/Explanatory Writing
• Narrative Writing
Grade 6 Writing
• Informative/
• Argument
ELA on the NJ ASK
Grade 3-5 Writing
Narrative - When Tony arrived home after school, the large
package was there waiting for him on the kitchen table.
He had been waiting for days for it to arrive, and now he
had it in his hands. Quickly, he tore open the package and
examined the contents.
Write a story about the reason for Tony’s excitement.
Informative/Explanatory - Scientists report that gray
squirrels find hundreds of nuts each week that they bury in
different places. Then the squirrels dig up all those nuts and
bury them again in new spots. They also dig some holes
that they don’t ever use for storing nuts. What problems
could these actions cause for a gray squirrel?
Write a composition discussing the problems squirrels could
have because of the way they bury their nuts. Explain why
you think they bury and rebury their nuts. Analyze or
explain why squirrels might dig holes they do not want to
Grade 6 Writing
Educational researchers claim that student learning will
improve if all printed textbooks are replaced with
electronic textbooks, known as e-textbooks. Based on the
researchers’ findings, students in your school will be issued
an e-textbook reader, which is a device that displays
electronic books.
Write an essay either supporting or opposing the claim
that student learning will improve if all student textbooks
are replaced with electronic reading books. Use your
knowledge of books, history, science, movies, television, or
your own experience or observation to develop your
essay. Be sure to include reasons, facts, examples and
other evidence to support your position.
Preparing for the NJ ASK - ELA
• Encourage Outside Reading (with
books on reading level)
• Reviewing the rubrics, key components
of writing prompts, and conversations
about their in-school and outside
reading activities
• Stress the importance of the planning
portion of the writing process along with
quantity/quality of writing
• Provide Encouragement!
Thank you for coming!
Anne Scaffo,
Instructional Coach
[email protected]
Ted Peters, Principal
[email protected]

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