Multiple Choice
Short Responses
Extended Response/Essays
Literary Elements

True or false: day 1 is ONLY multiple choice.



What do we use to answer short answer questions?

Restate, Answer, Cite, (Explain), Sum it Up



True or False: You can use the first few lines of the essay prompt to  help write your introduction.



What is the central idea?

The main point of the text, what it's mostly about. 


What should you read before actually reading a text? 

1. Read the DIRECTIONS!!!


Name two things you should do to answer a multiple choice question correctly.

Answers may include:

-Underline key words in the question

-Go back to the text

-Cross out wrong options

-Annotate the text


True or False: You can rephrase the question as a statement to quickly form your claim.



What do you need to include in your extended response/essay? Name 2 things. 

introduction, claim, evidence, explanation of details, organization, conclusion, transition words, proper spelling/grammar/punctuation and more...


What is point-of-view? (and no, you can't just say 'perspective.' You need to elaborate!)

How the character or authors sees or feels about a topic.


Nonfiction Review: what are some text features you may see that can help you figure out what an article is about?

Title, images, captions, subheadings.


Try to answer this multiple choice question:

"The boy was bewildered. He couldn't figure out what was happening!" 

What is another word for 'bewildered?"

a. Sad

b. Scared

c. Confused

d. Happy 

C. Confused!


One way to start your citing evidence is to say...

-For example...

-In the text it states or says...

-In paragraph ...

-One detail from the text...

(answers may vary)


What is one tip to use when writing your extended response/essay?

Answers may include:

-Always look back at the texts for evidence


- Have a thesis/introduction

- Pre write


What is mood?

The emotion or feeling a text gives off.


How much time do you have for the test?

60 - 90 minutes is the suggested time. However, you have the end of the school day to complete your test.


True or false: you should leave questions blank if you don't know the answer. 

FALSE You should always guess if you aren't sure!


Write a claim (general answer) to this question:

What is the purpose of taking the NYS ELA Exam?

-To demonstrate our 5th Grade ELA knowledge

-To see what 5th grade ELA skills we know and don't know yet.

-To measure our 5th grade ELA state standard skills


How many body paragraphs would this essay have?

-How does the author develop the main character's point of view in "Fishing Smarts?"

-How does the author develop the main character's point of view in "Family Vacationing?"

-How is the point of view different and similar in each text?

-Use details from both texts to support your response. 



What is tone?

The attitude that a character or narrator or author takes towards something or given subject.


Fiction review: What is 'theme?'

Extra 100 pts: can you give an example of a theme!

The message of the story, the lesson to be learned.


Answer this question:

Two things you should do when answering multiple choice questions is:

a. read the question carefully and look back at the text for clues

b. Eliminate wrong options then look back at the text for clues

c. ask a friend and go to the bathroom

d. look back at the text and skip the question

A. Read the question carefully and look back at the text for clues


Explain the reasoning for this short answer response:

The main character in the text's point of view on growing up is that it is necessary. In the text it states, "Roger knew he had to change," and that Roger "was done with being a boy forever." 


Answers may vary, but should explain how Roger realized he had to grow up.


What sort of text evidence would you look for or use to support this claim? 

The main character in 'Middle School Life' feels that 6th grade is fun! 

Answers may vary:

-Evidence that shows the character having fun

-Evidence that explains the character's attitude about 6th grade being fun


What is a metaphor?

Comparing two things WITHOUT using 'like' or 'as.'


Fiction review: Name one thing you should underline or annotate in a fiction text as you read it?

-When a character shows feeling or a change

-When the story changes or something unexpected happens

-When there is a lot of detail, descriptive language being used