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2 Texas Middle School Fluency Assessment: Administering and Interpreting Results
This binder details how to score and interpret the results of the Texas Middle School Fluency Assessment (TMSFA). This course is Unit 4 of the Texas Adolescent Literacy Academy (TALA). These materials are available for view only; no credit or certificate is provided.
Uncovering Tone in Poetry
Students will interpret the tone of a poem, cite text evidence to justify their response, and research a synonym for the word they chose to expand their understanding of Tier 2 vocabulary.
Students will analyze one of four ways to incorporate grammar and syntax into their everyday language through the use of technological instruction. Once students have comprehended their grammatical type, they will practice among their peers to master and share the lesson (grammar rule) in a Jigsaw activity.
Summarizing as a Reading Strategy
Students work collaboratively using reading and comprehension skills to demonstrate their mastery of summarizing a text or piece of literature.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Vertical Alignment
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Exploring Identity and Diving Deep into the Complex Meaning of Poetry
This lesson is designed to teach students to make complex inferences, choose specific text evidence that strongly supports the inference, and develop a coherent explanation of how the evidence strongly supports the validity of the idea within the genre of poetry.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Related to the Unit
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Catch Me If You Can—Retelling "The Gingerbread Man"
Students retell or re-enact events in sequence from "The Gingerbread Man" using pictures.
Linguistic Roots and Affixes (English II Reading)
You will be able to recognize linguistic roots and affixes to use in determining the meaning of academic English word and in other content areas.
Point of View and Tone (English II Reading)
You will be able to evaluate connections between forms of narration (unreliable narrator, omniscient, etc.) and tone in works of fiction.
Annotate for Meaning (English II Reading)
You will learn how to annotate or mark a text as you read and re-read to gain a deeper understanding of the text.
Annotate and Analyze a Paired Passage: Practice 1 (English II Reading)
You will read and annotate paired texts in order to make inferences, draw conclusions, and synthesize ideas and details using textual evidence.
Capitalization (English II Writing)
You will learn proofreading techniques to use in checking for correct capitalization.
Spelling (English II Writing)
You will learn proofreading techniques to use in checking for correct spelling.
Grammar (English II Writing)
You will be able to edit for correct grammar.
Strategies for Editing: Practice Lesson 1
You will proofread and mark errors in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
Effective Introduction and Conclusion and Variety of Sentence Structures (English II Writing)
You will be able to write effective introductions and conclusions with a controlling idea or thesis, using a variety of sentence patterns.
Rhetorical Devices and Transitions (English II Writing)
You will be able to write an essay using effective rhetorical devices and transitions.
Commentary on Quotations from Text in an Interpretive Response (English II Writing)
You will be able to write an essay that uses embedded quotations to provide evidence in your response to an expository or a literary text.
Analyze Use of Stylistic and Rhetorical Devices (English II Writing)
You will be able to write an essay that analyzes an author's use of stylistic or rhetorical devices.
Writing the Persuasive Essay: Counterarguments Based on Evidence (English II Writing)
You will be able to write an essay including counter-arguments that anticipate objections.
Analysis of Relative Values of Specific Data, Facts, and Ideas (English II Writing)
You will be able to evaluate the value of specific data, facts, and ideas to include in an essay.