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NJ ASK Grade 4 Language Arts Literacy
Completely aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

REA helps Grade 4 students get ready for the NJ ASK Grade 4 Language Arts Literacy Exam!

Our practice and review for NJ ASK Grade 4 Reading & Writing includes:

- Easy-to-follow lessons strengthen reading and writing skills

- 2 practice tests measure progress and build test-day readiness

- Color ...

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NJ ASK Grade 4 Language Arts Literacy
Completely aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

REA helps Grade 4 students get ready for the NJ ASK Grade 4 Language Arts Literacy Exam!

Our practice and review for NJ ASK Grade 4 Reading & Writing includes:

- Easy-to-follow lessons strengthen reading and writing skills

- 2 practice tests measure progress and build test-day readiness

- Color icons highlight questions and tips

- Confidence-building drills boost proficiency

- Illustrations complement subject review and practice tests

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738607986
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 1/12/2010
  • Series: New Jersey ASK Test Preparation
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 575,413
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Founded in 1959, Research & Education Association is dedicated to producing the finest and most effective digital and print materials in educational publishing, including some of America’s most popular test preps and study aids. REA’s wide-ranging catalog is a leading resource for teachers, students, and professionals.

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Welcome to an Educational Adventure

The NJ ASK is the Garden State’s answer to the federal No Child Left Behind
Act, which requires that states use standards-based testing to ensure that
students are gaining the skills and knowledge necessary for academic success.

We at REA believe that a friendly, hands-on introduction and preparation for
the test are the means to creating a successful experience. REA’s NJ ASK books
offer these key features:

Clearly identified book activities
Contextual illustrations
Easy-to-follow lessons
Step-by-step examples
Tips for solving problems tailored to each grade level
Exercises to sharpen skills
Real practice

On the next page you will find information for students, parents, and teachers
regarding the NJ ASK in particular and test-taking in general. Organized
practice with the components of the test will allow students to hone skills that,
in turn, will set the tone for success all along their educational adventures. It is
REA’s hope that this book—by providing relevant, standards-based practice—
can become an integral part of that adventure.

What is the NJ ASK?
The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge is a standards-based
assessment. The Grade 4 test was redesigned in 2009 to include more rigorous
and diverse content, and to provide a better sense of whether students are
on track to advance to the next level in their educational journey. Specifically,
performance on the NJ ASK measures how well students have acquired the
knowledge and skills outlined in the state’s Core Curriculum Content Standards.
Those measures fall into three broad categories, or bands: “partially proficient,”
“proficient,” and “advanced proficient.”

When is the NJ ASK given?
The test is administered in early spring. Grade 4 students take the test on five
mornings, the first two in Language Arts Literacy, the next two mornings in
Mathematics, and the last in Science. Test length spans from 60 to 90 minutes,
depending on the subject.

What is the format of the NJ ASK?
The NJ ASK has two types of questions: multiple choice and open ended. For
multiple choice, students are asked to choose the correct answer from four
choices. For open-ended questions, children answer with written responses in
their own words. Each test section is timed, and students may not proceed to
the next section until time for the current section has expired. If students have
not finished a section when time runs out, they must stop and put down their
pencils. There are clear directions throughout the test.

Understanding the NJ ASK and This Book

This book was specially written and designed to make test practice easy and
rewarding. Our practice tests are very much like the actual NJ ASK tests, and our
review is filled with illustrations, drills, exercises, and practice questions to help
you become familiar with the testing environment and to retain information
about key topics.

The NJ ASK is designed to give schools information about how well students
have acquired the knowledge and skills outlined in the state’s Core Curriculum
Content Standards (CCCS). These standards describe what students should know
and be able to do at the end of each grade. This book will help your child review
and prepare effectively and positively for the NJ ASK in Language Arts Literacy.

The Practice Tests in this book include the number of passages, items, and
prompts that are used to gauge whether students are at, above, or below
proficiency levels. The actual NJ ASK test forms, however, will also contain
content being field tested for use on future tests. Thus, students will likely find
themselves answering more questions than are featured in the Practice Tests at
the end of this book.

The new writing prompts are also based on the National Assessment of
Educational Progress (NAEP) 2011 Writing Frameworks as well as the NJ CCCS.
As their teacher, you introduce your students to the test-taking environment
and the demands of the NJ ASK tests. You can use our authoritative book in
your classroom for planned, guided instruction, and practice testing. Effective
preparation means better test scores!

Where can I obtain more information about the NJ ASK?
For more information about the NJ ASK, contact the New Jersey Department of
Education or Measurement Inc.:
www.state.nj.us/education/assessment www.measinc.com/njask
Office of Evaluation and Assessment
Telephone: 609-292-4469
Mailing Address:
New Jersey Department of Education
PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-05000

For more information on the National Assessment of Educational Progress
(NAEP) Writing Frameworks:

Test Accommodations and Special Situations
Every effort is made to provide a level playing field for students with disabilities
who are taking the NJ ASK. Most students with educational disabilities and most
students whose English language skills are limited take the standard NJ ASK.
Students with disabilities will be working toward achieving the standards at
whatever level is appropriate for them. Supports such as large-print type are
available for students who have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP)
or who have plans required under Section 504 or who use these supports and
accommodations during other classroom testing.

If the IEP team decides that a student will not take the NJ ASK in Language
Arts Literacy, Mathematics, and/or Science, the child will take the Alternate
Proficiency Assessment (APA).


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Table of Contents

About REA
Welcome to an Educational Adventure 
Understanding the New Jersey ASK and This Book 
Tips for Test Taking
Format of the NJ ASK Language Arts Literacy Test 
Scoring the Test 
NJ ASK Language Arts Literacy Standards

Section 1: Reading
Chapter 1: Main Idea and Supporting Details 
Main Idea 
Supporting Details 
Practice Passage: “Small, But That’s Not All”
Passage 1: “Tanya’s Wish” 
Passage 2: “Changing the Sound of Music” 
Passage 3: “Annie and the School Shopper” 
Chapter 2: Understanding New Words 
New Words 
Words with More Than One Meaning
Practice Passage: “New Jersey’s State Bird”
Passage 1: “Max Has a Dream”
Passage 2: “Farming Forever” Newsletter 
Passage 3: Excerpt from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 

Chapter 3: Following Directions
Practice Passage: ”How to Make Fresh Fruit-sicles”
Passage 1: “Any Way the Wind Blows”
Passage 2: “Play Time”
Passage 3: “Inventing Ideas”
Chapter 4: Author’s Purpose and Prediction 
Author’s Purpose 
Practice Passage: ”The Spelling Bee”
Passage 1: “The Wonders of Breakfast”
Passage 2: “New Jersey‘s Pine Barrens”
Passage 3: Excerpt from Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 

Chapter 5: Conclusions and Opinions
Practice Passage: ”Going to the Playground”
Passage 1: “A Giant Discovery”
Passage 2: “The Cape May Lighthouse”
Passage 3: “Maria Tallchief”
Chapter 6: Literature (Made-Up Stories)
Special Language and Type
Passage 1: Excerpt from O Pioneers!
Passage 2: Excerpt from The Selfish Giant
Passage 3: “Making a Big Sound”

Section 2: Writing 
Chapter 7: Prewriting
How Can Prewriting Help?
Writing on the NJ ASK
Ways to Prewrite
Writer’s Checklist
Sample Writing Task 1
Prewriting Instruction
Using a Graphic Organizer
Sample Writing Task 2
Prewriting Instruction
Using a Graphic Organizer
Chapter 8: Drafting and Revising
Beginning, Middle, and End
Use a Variety of Words
Opinions and Conclusions
How to Write a Draft for a Simple Prompt
How to Write a Draft for a Poem Prompt

Section 3: Practice Tests 
Practice Test 1 
Day 1 Writing
Day 1 Reading
Day 2 Writing
Day 2 Reading
Practice Test 2
Day 1 Writing
Day 1 Reading
Day 2 Writing
Day 2 Reading

Section 4: Answer Keys
Chapters 1–6 
Practice Test 1
Practice Test 2

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