FTCE Middle Grades English 5-9 Practice Test 2018

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FTCE Middle Grades English 5-9 Practice Test 2018

FTCE Middle Grades English 5-9 practice test 2018


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Middle school language arts teachers use semantic mapping and webbing to help develop students' cognitive abilities primarily because these methods
    • A. 

      Provide a framework for describing and analyzing language patterns.

    • B. 

      Focus on concepts that are unique to each content area and are best studied in discrete contexts.

    • C. 

      Facilitate the comprehension of unfamiliar words and phrases.

    • D. 

      Encourage the integration, interaction, and understanding of ideas from various content areas.

  • 2. 
    A 6th-grade language arts teacher is developing a unit on animal habitats in temperate rain forests. Which activity would be most appropriate for addressing the social needs of the students?
    • A. 

      Conducting individual library research

    • B. 

      Discussing a problem in a large-group setting

    • C. 

      Participating in a cooperative learning activity

    • D. 

      Interviewing an adult with a partner

  • 3. 
    Which of the following instructional goals for a 7th-grade language arts class is aligned with the emotional development of students at that grade level?
    • A. 

      Keeping students focused by stressing individual work rather than collaborative learning

    • B. 

      Guiding students through a semester-long independent research project culminating in an oral presentation

    • C. 

      Fostering disciplined teamwork by adapting the rules of formal debate for use during class discussions

    • D. 

      Encouraging students to express their perceptions, ideas, and feelings in personal narratives

  • 4. 
    A middle school dedicated to constructing and enacting cross-curricular units integrating language arts into all aspects of the curriculum would find which of the following most helpful in achieving its goal?
    • A. 

      Teaming

    • B. 

      Block scheduling

    • C. 

      Differentiated instruction

    • D. 

      Leveled grouping

  • 5. 
    According to the 2003 report The Neglected "R": The Need for a Writing Revolution, best practice writing instruction mainly includes
    • A. 

      Timed writing.

    • B. 

      Grammar instruction.

    • C. 

      Assigned topics.

    • D. 

      Writing workshop.

  • 6. 
    According to the report Reading Next, literacy achievement, regardless of instructional innovations, cannot be obtained without a foundation of
    • A. 

      Professional development.

    • B. 

      Administrative initiative.

    • C. 

      District funding.

    • D. 

      Faculty consensus.

  • 7. 
    A team of 7th-grade teachers would like to incorporate technology into a unit that includes science and language arts. Which of the following technology-based activities provides the most opportunities for interdisciplinary experiences?
    • A. 

      Conducting Internet searches for information about marine life on Florida's Atlantic coast

    • B. 

      Creating an interactive Web site about ecosystems found in the Florida Everglades

    • C. 

      Using computer software to produce statistical charts that track the increase in tourism in Florida

    • D. 

      Generating on computers different types of demographic charts of major Florida cities

  • 8. 
    A middle school language arts teacher who has been teaching for several years wants to learn about the latest research and practices in the field of teaching middle grades English. Which publication will best serve the teacher's needs?
    • A. 

      Inside Out

    • B. 

      In the Middle

    • C. 

      Voices from the Middle

    • D. 

      English Journal

  • 9. 
    Which of the following language arts activities is facilitated by a word processing program?
    • A. 

      Diagramming sentences

    • B. 

      Free writing

    • C. 

      Determining parts of speech

    • D. 

      Grammar exercises

  • 10. 
    A middle school integrated language arts teacher would best promote lifelong learning among students by assigning a(an)
    • A. 

      Character analysis.

    • B. 

      I-Search paper.

    • C. 

      Summary of a text chapter.

    • D. 

      Timed expository essay.

  • 11. 
    Which activity would show the best way to compare and contrast characters in literature?
    • A. 

      Two-column notes

    • B. 

      Venn diagram

    • C. 

      I-chart

    • D. 

      KWL chart

  • 12. 
    A middle school language arts teacher would like to help students understand how a narrative point of view affects the message conveyed in a literary text. Given this purpose, the teacher should have his students do which of the following activities?
    • A. 

      Select a character from the text for whom they prepare a detailed personal history

    • B. 

      Highlight all the words and phrases in a text that reflect a particular perspective

    • C. 

      Select a part of a text to rewrite from the perspective of a particular character

    • D. 

      Form small groups to dramatize for various audiences the key actions and events in a text

  • 13. 
    Which of the following is a characteristic of emergent literacy?
    • A. 

      Understanding that print in English is read from left to right

    • B. 

      Using context clues to determine the meaning of a word in a text

    • C. 

      Applying knowledge of common spelling patterns in English to decode words in a text

    • D. 

      Being able to read aloud from a text quickly and accurately

  • 14. 
    Which of the following English language learners will be most in need of individualized instruction for the development of English literacy?
    • A. 

      A student who reads and writes a language with a Roman alphabet

    • B. 

      A student who reads and writes a language with a non-alphabetic script

    • C. 

      A student who speaks a language for which there is no written form

    • D. 

      A student who reads and writes a language with a non-Roman alphabet

  • 15. 
    Which of the following would be a language arts teacher's best source of information about students' personal experiences for the purpose of promoting their literacy development?
    • A. 

      Portfolios of students' work in different content areas

    • B. 

      Student interest surveys

    • C. 

      Anecdotal records from students' previous teachers

    • D. 

      Students' educational records

  • 16. 
    Which statement describes the role of prior knowledge in students' literacy development?
    • A. 

      Students' level of prior knowledge determines their ability to participate in meaningful reading experiences.

    • B. 

      Prior knowledge facilitates the transfer of students' thinking processes to a conscious level.

    • C. 

      Students' ability to remember and recall new information is directly related to the extent of their prior knowledge.

    • D. 

      Prior knowledge acts as a lens through which students view and comprehend new information.

  • 17. 
    A job candidate is writing a cover letter to accompany her résumé. The letter is addressed to Michael Esparza, whom the candidate has not met or spoken to on the telephone. Which of the following salutations would be most appropriate for the candidate to use in her cover letter?
    • A. 

      Hello, Mr. Esparza

    • B. 

      Dear Mr. Esparza:

    • C. 

      Dear Mike Esparza,

    • D. 

      To: Michael Esparza

  • 18. 
    A 9th-grade English teacher asks each student in class to write a persuasive essay that argues that organic produce is better than nonorganic produce. During the drafting phase of the writing process, students work in pairs, asking and answering a series of questions about the topic. Which of the following questions will best help students support their arguments effectively in writing?
    • A. 

      How does organic produce differ from nonorganic produce?

    • B. 

      Why does some organic produce taste better raw than cooked?

    • C. 

      When did the local supermarket begin stocking organic produce?

    • D. 

      What types of organic produce are the most difficult to cultivate?

  • 19. 
    The works of which of the following authors would provide middle school students with the best introduction to the concept of allegory?
    • A. 

      Mildred D. Taylor

    • B. 

      C.S. Lewis

    • C. 

      Madeleine L'Engle

    • D. 

      Washington Irving

  • 20. 
    An 8th-grade language arts teacher is about to start a unit on ancient Greek drama. To introduce the unit, the teacher plans to have his students view a portion of a videotaped performance of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. Which of the following previewing strategies would be most effective for the teacher to use with his students to help them increase their understanding of what they will see in the video?
    • A. 

      Discussing any prior knowledge that they have of ancient Greek drama

    • B. 

      Reading encyclopedia articles about ancient Greek drama

    • C. 

      Predicting what will happen in this one particular ancient Greek drama

    • D. 

      Looking up words frequently used in discussions of ancient Greek drama

  • 21. 
    Which is the best source of information for a 5th-grade language arts teacher who is planning instruction for a student with an identified learning disability?
    • A. 

      Results from a teacher-designed interest inventory administered to the student

    • B. 

      The student's IEP

    • C. 

      Results from an informal reading inventory administered to the student

    • D. 

      The student's previous classroom teachers

  • 22. 
    An 8th-grade language arts teacher would like to help students improve their narrative writing by including more vivid details. Which of the following activities would best help the teacher achieve this goal?
    • A. 

      Giving a mini lesson on sentence structures and writing sample sentences on the board

    • B. 

      Conducting a group activity in which students revise sample paragraphs by adding descriptive content

    • C. 

      Showing students how to use reference materials, such as a thesaurus, dictionary, and atlas

    • D. 

      Assigning students reading that exposes them to various literary genres

  • 23. 
    Students in an 8th-grade science class are learning new vocabulary related to the human skeletal system. Which of the following instructional strategies would best help students understand and use the new vocabulary?
    • A. 

      Using a cloze exercise to teach the vocabulary in context

    • B. 

      Showing students what reference sources are useful for science research

    • C. 

      Providing a full human skeleton with all bones labeled

    • D. 

      Surveying students to determine any prior knowledge of anatomical terms and concepts

  • 24. 
    Middle school students are reading a coming-of-age novel that weaves in traditional stories from the protagonist's cultural background. What would be the most effective strategy to prepare the students to write a personal narrative that echoes a theme introduced in one of the traditional stories?
    • A. 

      Inviting a storyteller from that tradition to meet with the class

    • B. 

      Reading an anthropological essay about the role of storytelling in the culture

    • C. 

      Sharing artifacts that figure prominently in the traditional stories

    • D. 

      Reenacting scenes from the novel that are critical to the outcome of the story

  • 25. 
    Over the course of a school term, students have undertaken many writing projects. The most effective way to assess individual student growth in writing through the term would be
    • A. 

      Cumulative assessment.

    • B. 

      Peer assessment.

    • C. 

      Portfolio assessment.

    • D. 

      Self-assessment.

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