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Mastering the TAKS Grade 11 Exit Level ELA teaches students how to answer questions based on lengthy excerpts from published literature, closely resembling the challenging selections on the actual TAKS. This is the best TAKS preparation book for showing your students how to:

  • read and comprehend challenging, multicultural literary and expository selections at the same level of difficulty as the actual TAKS.
  • answer the complete range of demanding multiple-choice questions on the Grade 11 TAKS.
  • write responses to short-answer questions on the reading selections, including crossover questions.
  • interpret the TEA's writing rubric, and write a composition in response to an open-ended prompt.
  • answer multiple-choice questions about revising and editing passages written by peers.

Unit 1: Preparing for the Test. An introduction provides a complete pretest to familiarize students with the kinds of readings and questions found on the TAKS.

Unit 2: Reading. This unit introduces students to the strategies of good readers, based on the landmark study by Keene and Zimmerman, Mosaic of Thought. Later chapters examine every type of multiple-choice question found on the TAKS. Most chapters begin with a challenging literary or expository reading selection by an award-winning author, such as Maya Angelou, Amy Tan, Pat Conroy, Richard Rodriguez, John Hersey, and Graham Greene. Special chapters show students how to respond to short-answer questions, questions on textual analysis, and the viewing and representing piece. Students also learn special note-taking techniques to help them perform their best.

Unit 3: Writing. In this unit, students examine the TEA's writing rubric with specific hints on how to achieve focus and coherence, organization, voice and the development of ideas while responding to a TAKS writing prompt.

Unit 4: Peer Editing. This unit looks at the revising and editing section of the test, reviewing the main conventions of standard written English that students need to apply to peer editing. This is followed by TAKS-type practice exercises.

Unit 5: A Final Practice Test. The book concludes with a complete practice test, just like the actual TAKS.

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