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Students can now prepare for both the TAKS Grade 4 in Reading and the TAKS Grade 4 in Writing with a single volume. This book provides high-quality readings, clear explanations, step-by-step instructions, and practice in answering each type of TAKS question. The book also guides students through the TEA's writing rubric and the key steps of the writing process, with open-ended writing prompts just like those on the actual TAKS.

Part I: The Reading Test. Like all the books in this series, Mastering the TAKS Grade 4 in Reading and Writing applies the latest educational research to help students improve their reading and writing skills. The first part of the book provides culturally diverse readings in a variety of genres from nationally-recognized children's literature more so than in any other test preparation book. A pretest introduces students to the kinds of readings and questions found on the actual TAKS Grade 4 in Reading. The pretest also serves as a diagnostic tool. Later chapters include examples of every type of question on the TAKS Grade 4 in Reading, accompanied by clear explanations, step-by-step instructions, and guided and independent practice in answering each type. Every question on both the pretest and the final practice test is identified by its TAKS Objective.

Part II: The Writing Test. This part of the book begins by explaining the TEA rubric - focus, voice, organization, development of ideas, and writing conventions - empowering students to critique and improve their own writing. The book then reviews the chief steps of the writing process. Students are shown, step-by-step, how to generate ideas and draft, revise, and edit effective responses to a writing prompt. Students learn to develop and organize their own ideas while expressing their authentic voice. This part concludes with a chapter guiding students through three common purposes for writing: to express, to entertain, and to inform.

Peer Editing. The Peer Editing section reviews the main conventions of standard written English found on the test, including sentence construction, mechanics, and usage, with many practice selections and questions.

Practice Test. The book includes complete final tests in reading and writing. Each multiple-choice question indicates the TAKS Objective or writing convention being tested. This allows teachers to evaluate student progress and identify any remaining potential weaknesses their students may have.

Teachers Guide and Answer key available here.

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