February 23, 2013
Engageny has posted sample questions to reflect the structure of the upcoming assessments. During a staff-development session in December, I shared with colleagues words from these test samplers that I thought would be challenging for students. As we get closer to the assessments, I am sharing these words again, here.
Challenging Words from Sample Texts That Can Not be Defined for Students
How many of these words would your students know on their own?
From 6th- grade sampler:
vehement monument bade unbind
lay siege citadel aquaria buoyant
larvae dicasts (appositive) orations declamation
orator cunningly halcyon
From 7th- grade sampler:
manifestly unwittingly “heave and lunge”
gait recoiled bore “bore himself awkwardly”
bepuzzlement drew wistfulness
“arose wheeled and melted” horde
From 8th- grade sampler:
enticements precede disarming inclined
stimulated tonal rote scorn
exploit query collaborators uncomprehending
confounding vainly repentance commenced
compliance indispensable brute sustained
disposition apt bestow urchins
testimonial prudence unpardonable
Are we reading enough to build students vocabulary and prepare them for the challenge ahead? What strategies should we be integrating to get students ready for the rigor of the new assessments?