Analysis of TAKS Spring 2006 TAKS Release Reading Grade 6 Objective 1: Demonstrate basic understanding of culturally diverse texts vocabulary from structural analysis (Greek and Latin roots, prefixes/suffixes) vocabulary from context clues, including multiple-meaning words and analogies determine meanings from derivatives distinguish denotative and connotative meanings determine main ideas and supporting details paraphrase and summarize to recall, inform, or organize ideas Objective 2: Apply knowledge of literary elements analyze characters (traits, motivations, conflicts, points of view, relationships, changes) recognize and analyze plot, setting, problem resolution recognize and interpret literary devices (flashback, foreshadowing, symbolism) Objective 3: Use strategies to analyze culturally diverse texts use text’s structure to locate and recall information (cause and effect, chronology) find similarities and differences across texts (treatment, scope, organization) represent text information in different ways (outline, timeline, graphic organizer) identify purposes of texts (inform, influence, express, entertain) compare communication in different forms (comparing story variants) describe how author’s perspective or point of view affects text Objective 4: Apply critical-thinking skills to culturally diverse texts draw inferences or generalizations and support them distinguish fact and opinion support responses with text connect, compare, and contrast ideas, themes, and issues across text analyze ways authors organize and present ideas (cause/effect, compare/contrast, inductively, deductively, or chronologically) recognize how style, tone, and mood contribute to the effect of the text TAKS Deconstruction - Reading Grade 6 Page two Reading Passages # # # Passage Title Graphics Type Paragraphs Pages Questions 1 “William Wegman” 7 2 1 photograph with Expository – paired 3 caption passage 3 paired 2 “The Typical Life of a Dog 7 2 1 photograph with Interview – paired 4 Model” caption; paw prints passage 3 paired 3 “Striking Out the Guys” 13 3 1 photograph – Narrative 12 autographed 4 “My Trip to Big Bend” 8 2 4 photographs all Mixed passage 10 with captions (expository and narrative) 5 “The Case of the Littered 29 3½ 1 illustration Narrative 10 Courtyard” Totals 64 12 ½ 42 Question Analysis Reading Passage 1: “William Wegman” Question/ TAKS/ Vocabulary/ Answer/ Question Stem Skill/ Concept Context TEKS Key Term % Correct 1 1 What is this selection mainly about? Mainly about Main idea The student must B 6.10 (F) Career identify the main idea of 86% the entire selection. Answer choices are in the form of phrases. Four choices are true; three choices are supporting details TAKS Deconstruction - Reading Grade 6 Page three Question/ TAKS/ Vocabulary/ Answer/ Question Stem Skill/ Concept Context TEKS Key Term % Correct 2 1 What does the word ___ mean in Intriguing Vocabulary – context clues The context clue is in G 6.9 (B) paragraph ___? Deserving the same sentence. 95% Interesting Answer choices include Frustrating 2 negative answers and Demanding 2 positive answers. 3 3 Look at the outline of information Outline Text representation – outline The student must D 6.10 (L) from the selection. [Insert outline.] form (supporting detail) identify the third 88% What information belongs on the supporting detail from blank line? one paragraph. The supporting detail is represented by a blank line in an outline. Reading Passage 2: “The Typical Life of a Dog Model” Question/ TAKS/ Vocabulary/ Answer/ Question Stem Skill/ Concept Context TEKS Key Term % Correct 4 4 Which sentence from the Elements Text support Answer choices are H 6.11 (C) selection shows that ___? italicized quotes from 80% the passage. 5 4 [Insert effect] because --- --- Inferences Three of the answer C 6.10 (H) choices are not 96% supported by the text. 6 2 [Insert character] can best be Pushy Characters – traits Answer choices are all G 6.12 (F) described as --- Confident (inference) adjectives. 93% Quiet Foolish 7 1 Paragraph ___ is mainly about--- Mainly about Main idea The student must A 6.10 (F) identify the main idea of 73% 1 paragraph. Distractor: 1 wrong answer repeats words from the paragraph. TAKS Deconstruction - Reading Grade 6 Page four Reading Passages 1 and 2: Cross-Over Questions Question/ TAKS/ Vocabulary/ Answer/ Question Stem Skill/ Concept Context TEKS Key Term % Correct 8 3 Both selections were written to--- Persuade Author’s purpose Cross-over question H 6.12 (A) Tell Answer choices all begin 75% Explain with purpose verbs. Provide 9 4 From information in both Conclude Inferences – conclusion Use yes/yes – no/no B 6.10 (H) selections, the reader can Both process. 91% conclude that--- 10 3 One similarity between the Similarity Similarities across text Use yes/yes – no/no F 6.10 (I) selections is that both --- Both strategy. All answer 87% Show choices begin with Mention purpose verbs. Provide Explain Reading Passage 3: “Striking Out the Guys” Question/ TAKS/ Vocabulary/ Answer/ Question Stem Skill/ Concept Context TEKS Key Term % Correct 11 3 The author probably wrote this Demonstrate Author’s purpose Answer choices begin D 6.12 (A) selection to --- Convince with purpose verbs. 74% Provide Describe 12 1 In paragraph ___, what does the Jubilant Vocabulary – context clues Answer choices are G 6.9 (B) word ___ mean? Nervous adjectives. 93% Excited Strategy: Jealous negative/positive Surprised TAKS Deconstruction - Reading Grade 6 Page five Question/ TAKS/ Vocabulary/ Answer/ Question Stem Skill/ Concept Context TEKS Key Term % Correct 13 2 According to paragraph ___, --- Setting – place (inference) The answer is inferred C 6.12 (G) [insert place] was a place from clues in the same 79% where--- paragraph. 14 4 Which of these is an idea that Throughout Connect an idea across text Answers are phrases F 6.11 (D) is present throughout the Consequences (theme) dealing with theme 86% selection? Overcoming topics. Adjust 15 2 In the selection, [insert character] Mostly wanted Characters – motivation Three answer choices C 6.12 (F) mostly wanted to have no textual 83% support. 16 2 Why is paragraph ___ important Important Plot (rising action/suspense) Answer choices contain F 6.12 (G) to the selection? Suspense key verbs. Three 69% Creates answer choices are Describes false statement. Introduces 17 4 In paragraph ___, the author Mood Mood Use positive/negative C 6.12 (K) creates a mood of--- Amusement strategy. 77% Fear Enthusiasm Anger 18 4 Based on the information at the Conclude Inferences – conclusion A prediction should be J 6.10 (H) end of the selection, the reader the next logical thing 69% can conclude that--- that is likely to happen (not distant future). 19 3 [Insert character] first thought --- Text structure – chronology The answer is explicitly B 6.10 (E) [insert thought] when--- stated in the same 83% paragraph. 20 4 Which sentence in the paragraph Obstacles Support responses Answer choices are G 6.11 (C) shows that___? italicized quotes from 85% the selection. 21 1 In paragraph ___, the phrase Dreamy Vocabulary – analogy The student must C 6.9 (B) [insert phrase] indicates that Satisfied interpret a simile then 91% [insert character] felt--- Powerful relate the literal Out of place meaning to the answer choices TAKS Deconstruction - Reading Grade 6 Page six Question/ TAKS/ Vocabulary/ Answer/ Question Stem Skill/ Concept Context TEKS Key Term % Correct 22 2 The author uses a point of view Point of view Characters – point of view Each answer choice is H 6.12 (F) that helps the reader understand- Admiration from a different 85% -- character’s point of view Reading Passage 4: “My Trip to Big Bend” Question/ TAKS/ Vocabulary/ Answer/ Question Stem Skill/ Concept Context TEKS Key Term % Correct 23 1 The question is a supporting Javelinas Supporting detail The answer is explicitly C 6.10 (F) detail from the passage. stated in the same 97% sentence. 24 4 What is the narrator’s tone in Tone Tone Answer choices are all F 6.12 (K) paragraph ___ of this selection? Lighthearted adjectives. 79% Enthusiastic Curious Emotional 25 1 Why does the narrator [insert Poisonous Supporting detail – inference The effect is given. The C 6.10 (F) effect] when ___? student must identify the 95% cause, which is implied in the same paragraph. 26 1 Paragraphs ___ and ___ are Mainly about Main idea Students must identify the G 6.10 (F) mainly about--- main idea of two 78% paragraphs. Answer choices consist of three supporting details and one main idea. 27 3 What makes the narrator feel Uncomfortable Text structure – cause and The effect is given. The D 6.10 (E) [insert feeling]? Tarantulas effect student must identify the 88% cause. TAKS Deconstruction - Reading Grade 6 Page seven Question/ TAKS/ Vocabulary/ Answer/ Question Stem Skill/ Concept Context TEKS Key Term % Correct 28 4 The reader can conclude that the Conclude Inferences - conclusion Three answer choices G 6.10 (H) narrator is--- Amused are not supported by 77% Observant text. Fearful 29 4 An idea present throughout this Idea Connect idea across text Three answer choices C 6.11 (D) selection is the --- Throughout are false statements. 86% Variety Challenges 30 4 The reader can predict that the Predict Inference – prediction Three answer choices H 6.10 (H) narrator will probably --- are not supported by 88% text. 31 3 How doe/does [insert event] Influence Point of view The answer is supported A 6.12 (H) influence ___? Appreciates in the same paragraph. 87% Uniqueness 32 1 In paragraph ___, the word Transform Vocabulary – context clues Context clues “from… H 6.9 (B) ___means --- to…” indicate change. 93% Reading Passage 4: “The Case of the Littered Courtyard” Question/ TAKS/ Vocabulary/ Answer/ Question Stem Skill/ Concept Context TEKS Key Term % Correct 33 1 What words in paragraph ___ Strewn Vocabulary – context clues Answer choices are C 6.9 (B) help the reader understand what italicized phrases from 88% ___ means? the selection. 34 21 Why is paragraph ___ important Describes Plot development – conflict All answer choices J 6.12 (G) to the story? Explains appear in the paragraph. 75% The student must identify why the paragraph is important (critical to conflict). TAKS Deconstruction - Reading Grade 6 Page eight Question/ TAKS/ Vocabulary/ Answer/ Question Stem Skill/ Concept Context TEKS Key Term % Correct 35 2 [Insert character] wants [insert Because Characters – motivation The effect is given. The A 6.12 (F) want] because (cause and effect) student must identify the 87% cause. 36 1 The question is a supporting Jealous Supporting detail The answer is explicitly J 6.10 (F) detail from the passage. stated in the passage. 97% 37 1 Which is the best summary of this Best summary Summary Answer choices are in the A 6.10 (G) story? form of 3-4 sentence 79% paragraphs. Use the Beginning-Middle-End strategy. 38 3 Look at the action map and then Turning point Represent text – graphic This whole page question J 6.10 (L) answer the question that follows. Action map organizer (action map) is an action map with 83% [Insert map.] Which of these Climax (turning point) problem, event 1, event would go in the triangle labeled 2, and a box for turning “Turning Point”? point. The student must identify the turning point (climax). 39 1 In paragraph ___, the word ___ --- Vocabulary – denotative and The student must C 6.9 (F) helps give the reader a sense of - connotative meanings interpret the literal 57% -- meaning of a metaphor and then match to a noun. 40 4 The author organizes paragraphs Organizes Organization of text – This question concerns F 6.12 (I) ___ through ___ by --- Describing chronological the organizational 75% Comparing structure of 3 paragraphs. Listing Answer choices begin Explaining with structure verbs. 41 4 Which idea from the story best --- Support responses Text support is given as D 6.11 (C) shows that ___? answer choices. The 76% student must identify which answer choice support the given idea. TAKS Deconstruction - Reading Grade 6 Page nine Question/ TAKS/ Vocabulary/ Answer/ Question Stem Skill/ Concept Context TEKS Key Term % Correct 42 2 At the end of the story, [insert --- Characters The answer is supported J 6.12 (F) character] plans to --- by the last sentence of 75% the selection.
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