English II STAAR Essay Review – Free Quizizz Lesson

The STAAR test is next week! I put together this Quizizz lesson to help my students review how to write the persuasive essay on their English II STAAR test. You can do it live in the classroom, going over the slides and pausing for students to answer the questions. You can then discuss the correct answer together and dig deeper into the essay process.

It reviews the parts of the essay and provides examples. It has multiple choice questions throughout the lesson that has students evaluating examples to determine which ones work and which ones don’t. This pairs perfectly with my STAAR Test writing prep on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Student Accountability

After a 3-week or 6-week progress report: I have the failing students fill out a Google form that get’s them thinking about why they failed and how they can succeed. The Google form includes their name and period. It also includes the following questions:

Reasons for failing has them reflecting on the things both in and outside of their control that contributed them to failing the class on that progress report.

Next, asking about their intentions to pass gives me a clear view of where they are at and their willingness to pass.

This last question gives me ideas for how to help these students. After collecting this form I would conference with them to put a success plan in place. If they said they need help with time management then we would sit down and I would help them make a schedule or show them how to use a planner. If they need help with organization than we would sit together and work on that. If they said they need a contract than we would work together to create one. Students are more likely to “buy in” if they have a hand in this process.

I have the settings on this form set to email students a copy of their response. We will conference again later in the semester to see if they are meeting their goals. This helps students reflect on what is not working, and what they need to do to succeed. It allows teachers and students to collaborate on a plan. Students are more likely to follow the plan when they have a part in making it. This also creates a record that is helpful for documentation should you need it.

Turn a worksheet into an editable Google Slide

It’s easy to turn a worksheet into an editable Google Slide.

You can watch this video I made or just read these step by step instructions.

Link to my video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/–FTy0o2H14

First you need to export your PDF to an image file. I prefer to save it as a PNG file. There are several programs that can do this. I use Adobe Acrobat. Or, if you have it as a paper version you can scan it as a high resolution image.

Then open your Google Slide. Go to File > Page Set Up. Change it to custom. 8.5 x 11 inches. Or, if you need it in landscape you can do 11 x 8.5.

Next go to Slide > Change Background > Chose Image.

Once you have set your background you will need to add text boxes where you want your students to type their answers.

If you are using the Google Classroom: Create a new assignment. Attach the Google Slide and be sure to select “make a copy for each student.”

Like my ACE short answer worksheet? You can find in on my Teacher Pay Teacher Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ACE-Writing-Strategy-Organizer-and-Model-2239154