Practice with REA and Pass the PSSA!
REA’s second edition of our Ready, Set, Go!® Reading & Writing test prep for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exam gets Pennsylvania students ready for this crucial high-stakes test.
Specifically designed to boost essential reading and writing skills, this test prep provides all the instruction and practice eighth grade students need to excel on this important exam. Written in an easy-to-follow, student-friendly style, it’s perfect for classroom, family, or individual study.
Fully aligned with the Assessment Anchors adopted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the review chapters cover every topic tested on the exam, including: word recognition, inferences and conclusions, main ideas, literary analysis, and writing and revising essays. Numerous drills and review lessons throughout the book enhance student vocabulary and literary analysis skills. Key tutorials reinforce writing skills and increase the reading comprehension abilities needed to succeed on the test. Color icons highlight the key concepts, questions, and activities in each chapter.
A diagnostic Pretest pinpoints student strengths and weaknesses, and a full-length Posttest allows students to measure their progress and focus on areas in need of further study. Our confidence-building test tips help reduce test anxiety and boost test-day readiness for this important high-stakes exam.
Whether used in a classroom, for home or self study, or with a tutor, this test prep gets Pennsylvania students ready for their important high-stakes exam, set to take on new challenges, and helps them go forward in their studies!
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SUCCEEDING ON THE PSSA: 8th Grade READING AND WRITING
ABOUT THIS BOOK
This book provides excellent preparation for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) for 8th Grade Reading and Writing. Inside you will find lessons, drills, strategies, and test practiceall of it with a single-minded focus: success on the PSSA.
We have also made every effort to make the book easy to read and navigate. This book is divided into several parts. The first section is a PRETEST, which is half the length of an actual PSSA test and introduces students to some elements of the actual test, including:
Nonfiction reading passages, including biographies and articles
Fiction reading passages, such as poems and excerpts from novels
Multiple-choice and open-response questions
Following the pretest is a lesson section, which teaches students about the different types of test questions, step by step. A full-length POSTTEST, which matches the content and structure of the actual PSSA, appears at the end of the book. An answer key with detailed explanations of each answer is provided.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
FOR STUDENTS: To make getting through the book as easy as possible, we’ve included icons shown on the next page that highlight sections like lessons, questions, and answers. You’ll find that our practice tests are very much like the actual PSSA you’ll encounter on test day. The best way to prepare for a test is to practice, so we’ve included drills with answers throughout the book, and our two practice tests include detailed answers.
FOR PARENTS: Pennsylvania has created grade-appropriate Assessment Anchors that are listed in the table in this introduction. Students need to meet these standards as measured by the PSSA. Our book will help your child review for the test and prepare for the exams. It includes review sections, drills, and two practice tests complete with explanations to help your child focus on the areas he or she needs to work on to help master the test.
FOR TEACHERS: No doubt, you are already familiar with the PSSA and its format. Begin by assigning students the pretest. An answer key and detailed explanations follow the pretest. Then work through each of the lessons in succession. When students have completed the subject review, they should move on to the posttest. Answers and answer explanations follow the posttest.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
About Research & Education Association
Succeeding on the PSSA: 8th Grade Reading and Writing
About This Book
How to Use This Book
Why Students Are Required to Take the PSSA
What’s on the PSSA
Tips for the Student
Tips for Parents
PART 1: READING
Lesson 1: Word Recognition
Passage 1: America’s First Zoo
Passage 2: Catching the Butterflies
Passage 3: The Common Cold: Unbeatable Bug?
Passage 4: The Invisible Tree
Lesson 2: Inferences and Conclusions
Passage 1: The Truth about Organ Donation
Passage 2: Excerpt from Hard Times
Passage 3: Space Colonization: Too Big a Risk
Passage 4: Excerpt from The Secret Garden
Lesson 3: Main Idea
Passage 1: The Trail of Tears
Passage 2: The Birth of Golf
Passage 3: The Lamplighter
Passage 4: Mosquitoes: Annoying but Amazing
Lesson 4: Author’s Purpose
Passage 1: How to Set up an Aquarium
Passage 2: The Frame
Passage 3: Beating Writer’s Block
Passage 4: Cutting Class Size
Lesson 5: Literature, Part 1
Passage 1: Excerpt from Bleak House
Passage 2: Up-Hill
Passage 3: Mr. Salazar
Passage 4: The Story of an Hour
Lesson 6: Literature, Part 2
Passage 1: Memories of Montgomery
Passage 2: The Bunkhouse
Passage 3: Bitter Competition
Passage 4: Because I Could Not Stop for Death
PART 2: WRITING AND REVISING
Lesson 1: Revising/Editing
Lesson 2: Essay Writing