The added challenge this year was the fact that we had a snow day that postponed our writing test. Every district has to take the writing test on the same day in order to keep the test secure (there is a single writing prompt, so of course, it would not be acceptable for that question to be leaked)! So when this date was changed, it meant that our district had to move one of our reading test dates, and give the writing test in between reading test days.
So although the students have been thoroughly prepared for both tests, they need to be flexible enough to go back and forth between writing tasks without a day of review in between. My solution was to prepare them a few days before with a Venn diagram.
ANSWER method to for written responses to reading (clicking the link will bring you to a blog post with more information about it over on my other blog). The ARMS and CUPS acronyms have been courtesy of Pinterest (those links will bring you to those fantastic anchor charts). And DYB means to "Do Your Best!"
Do you have any anchor charts that help your students distinguish between types of writing they've focused on this year?