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1 Name: Writing, Reading, and Language Center Software Activities Relevant for TEAS Reading Preparation The WRLC is located in room MT-020, below the library. These activities correspond roughly to TEAS items. In the Reading section, each activity is marked with a P for paragraph and passage comprehension or an I for inferences practice. Note that the TEAS 2009 score report for reading has the following subscales: Paragraph Comprehension, Passage Comprehension, and Inferences and Conclusions. The reading software exercises were chosen for their similarity to TEAS items. Please be aware that the exercises marked P are also extremely valuable for mastering inferences. Also, the P exercises are the only activities that feature graphs, maps, and advertisements - texts that are featured prominently on the TEAS. Accessing the activities: 1. Bring your TEAS Individual Performance Profile (sample on reverse). 2. You will use your TEAS Profile to determine appropriate activities. 3. The SkillsBank 4 activities can be accessed only in the Writing, Reading, and Language Center, located in room RC 105 below the library. 4. The Townsend Press Ten Steps activities are currently available free online at

2 SkillsBank4 (and Townsend Press Ten Steps) READING Paragraph and Passage Comprehesion (P) Inferences (I) READING WORD KNOWLEDGE I 5 Intro to synonyms I Q2 Quiz on lessons 5 8 I 6 Choosing precise synonyms I S2 Classification: Choosing the right word I 7 Synonyms with similar emotional I 9 Intro to antonyms intensity I 8 Connotative meanings in synonyms I 10 Antonyms II READING COMPREHENSION P/I T1 Reading comprehension pretest I 6 Author Bias/Viewpoint P 1 Identifying people, places, things I 7 Techniques of persuasion P 2 Identifying events and sequences I 8 Similes and metaphors P 3 Main ideas I 9 Hyperbole and personificat.

3 I 4 Causes and effects I Q2 Quiz on lessons 6 9 I 5 Character analysis I S2 Error analysis: The J.P. Flowers case I Q1 Quiz on lessons 1-5 I T2 Reading Comprehension posttest I S1 Prediction: Predicting a person s future Note: different software program: Townsend Press 10-Steps. Additional activities (currently free) are available online at ) Townsend Press 10 STEPS TO ADVANCING COLLEGE READING SKILLS Date Score Stamp [I] INFERENCES 1 [I] INFERENCES 2 Townsend Press 10 STEPS TO IMPROVING COLLEGE READING SKILLS Date Score Stamp [I] PURPOSE AND TONE 1 [I] PURPOSE AND TONE 2

4 SkillsBank READING cont. INFORMATION SKILLS USING DICTIONARIES AND BOOKS % Stamp t % Stamp P T1 Using Dictionaries and Books Pretest P S1 Sequencing: Creating order out of confusion P 1 Alphabetizing P 7 The title page of a book P 2 Dictionary guide words P 8 The table of contents P 3 Finding parts of speech P 9 The index of a book P 4 Finding definitions P Q2 Quiz on lessons 7-9 P 5 Identifying syllables P S2 Investigation: Investigating History P 6 Adding suffixes and plurals P T2 Using Dictionaries and Books Posttest P QI Quiz on lessons 1-6 USING CONSUMER INFORMATION P T1 Using Consumer Information Pretest P Q2 Quiz on lessons 4-6 P 1 The index of the newspaper P S2 Sequencing: Loading the userfriendly camera P 2 Separating fact from fiction P 7 Written warranties P 3 Classified ads in the newspaper P 8 Leases and contracts P Q1 Quiz on lessons 1-3 P 9 Filling out forms P S1 Investigation: Learning about a new P Q3 Quiz on lessons 7-9 town P 4 Directories and schedules P S3 Deduction: Buying FONOVISION P 5 Following written instructions P T2 Using Consumer Information Posttest P 6 Warnings and labels USING MAPS, CHARTS, AND GRAPHS P T1 Using maps, charts, and graphs Pretest P Q2 Quiz on lessons 6-7 P 1 General reference P S2 Prediction: Using a Clearer Crystal Ball P 2 Transportation Maps P 8 Picture Graphs P 3 Special Maps P 9 Circle Graphs P 4 Large-Area Maps P 10 Bar Graphs P 5 Latitude and Longitude P 11 Line Graphs P Q1 Quiz on lessons 1-5 P 12 Quiz on lessons 8-11

5 Name: WRLC Software Activities Relevant for TEAS English Preparation The WRLC is located in room RC 105, below the library. The English section is divided into TEAS English score report subsections: Punctuation, Grammar, Sentence Structure, Contextual Words, and Spelling. SkillsBank4 (and Townsend Press Ten Steps) ENGLISH Accessing the activities: 1. Bring your TEAS Individual Performance Profile (sample on reverse). 2. Take the four Catalyst diagnostic tests and print the score report. 3. Use the Catalyst score report to select appropriate English activities. The SkillsBank 4 activities can be accessed only in the Writing, Reading, and Language Center, located in room RC 105 below the library. The Townsend Press Ten Steps activities are currently avaliable free online at The Catalyst Diagnostic is free online. Google McGraw Hill Catalyst. Catalyst Diagnostic. Topic Diagnostic Test 1 Diagnostic Test 2 Diagnostic Test 3 Diagnostic Test 4 Stamp

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7 SkillsBank English: Punctuation LANGUAGE PUNCTUATION T1 Punctuation Pretest 13 Apostrophes to show possession 1 Periods after sentences P5 Apostrophes practice 2 Periods after abbreviations 14 Quotation marks to enclose a speaker s words P1 Periods practice 15 Quotation marks to enclose titles 3 Question marks P6 Quotation marks practice 4 Exclamation points Q2 Quiz on lessons 9 15 P2 Question marks and exclamation pointspractice S2 Induction: The case of the missing keys 5 Commas to separate items in lists 16 Commas in greetings and closings of letters 6 Commas to separate quotations 17 Colons after greetings in business letters 7 Commas to separate independent clauses P7 Greetings and closings of letters-practice 8 Commas to separate introductory words 18 Semicolons to connect independent clauses P3 Commas 1 practice 19 Semicolons to reduce confusion in words Q1 Quiz on lessons Colons between independent clauses and series S1 Induction: Editing a reporter s story. 21 Colons to separate hours and minutes 9 Commas to separate a city and state P8 Semicolons and colons practice 10 Commas in dates Q3 Quiz on lessons Commas to enclose interrupting phrases S3 Deduction: Beat the computer P4 Commas II practice T3 Punctuation: Posttest 12 Apostrophes in contractions SkillsBank English: Grammar LANGUAGE GRAMMAR AND USAGE T1 Grammar and usage pretest 11 Adjectives and adverbs 1 Identifying verbs 12 Adjectives after state-of-being and sense verbs 2 Identifying subjects 13 Comparatives and superlatives 3 Complete and incomplete sentences 14 Confusing adjectives and adverbs P1 Identifying verbs and subjects -practice P5 Adjectives and adverbs practice 4 Difficult verbs Q2 Quiz on lessons Difficult nouns S2 Classification: Substituting for the tutor P2 Difficult verbs and nouns practice 15 Pronouns as subjects Q1 Quiz on lessons Pronouns as objects S1 Induction: A television writer improves P6 Pronouns as subjects and objects practice 6 Verb agreement with subject in number 17 Possessive forms of pronouns 7 Verb agreement with tense of sentence 18 Reflexive forms of pronouns 8 Irregular verbs 19 Pronoun and antecedent agreement P3 Verb agreement practice P7 Possessive and reflexive pronouns practice 9 Double negatives Q3 Quiz on lessons Connective words S3 Analogies: Completing a rhyme P4 Double negative and connective word practice T2 Grammar and Usage Posttest

8 SkillsBank English: Grammar cont... LANGUAGE CAPITALIZATION T1 Capitalization pretest 12 Titles that are not capitalized 1 First word in a sentence P4 Titles practice 2 First word in a quotation Q2 Quiz: Lessons Greetings and closings in letters S2 Classification: Tutoring groups within a class P1 First words practice 13 Names of racial, ethnic, religious groups 4 Names and initials of people and pets 14 Names of civic, social, fraternal groups 5 Names of buildings, monuments, ships, etc. 15 Names of organizations, businesses, etc. 6 Titles of books, magazines, movies, etc. P5 Names of businesses and groupspractice 7 Titles of school courses 16 Names of geographic and political divisions P2 Names and titles practice 17 Names of natural features Q1 Quiz on lessons 1 7 P6 Names of divisions and featurespractice SkillsBank English: Sentence Structure WRITING SENTENCE STRUCTURE T1 Sentence Structure Pretest 6 Patterns in science 1 Complete and simple subjects 7 Sentence fragments and run-on sent. 2 Complete and simple predicates 8 Combining short sentences 3 Predicate nominatives 9 Combining subordinate ideas 4 Predicate adjectives Q2 Quiz on lessons Direct objects S2 Problem solving: Favorite Toys Q1 Quiz on lessons 1-5 T2 Sentence Structure Posttest S1 Problem solving: Match. pets with people WRITING CLEAR WRITING AND PARAGRAPHS T1 Clear Writing and Paragraphs Pretest Q2 Quiz on lessons Misplaced modifiers S2 Classification: Writing and Constitution 2 Dangling modifiers 8 Identifying the topic sentence 3 Unclear pronoun reference 9 Developing the topic sentence Q1 Quiz on lessons Irrelevant sentences S1 Induction: Editor of Pardeeville Gazette 11 Connecting ideas in a paragraph 4 Nonparallel grammatical forms 12 Paragraph logic and organization 5 Wordiness Q3 Quiz on lessons Unnecessary tense shifts S3 Sequencing: Writing a humorous story 7 Double negatives T2 Clear Writing and Paragraphs Posttest

9 Townsend Press ENGLISH: Contextual Words (Note: different software program: Townsend Press 10-steps. Additional activities (currently free) are available online at Townsend Press 10 STEPS TO ADVANCING COLLEGE READING SKILLS VOCABULARY IN CONTEXT 1 VOCABULARY IN CONTEXT 2 Date Score Stamp Townsend Press 10 STEPS TO IMPROVING COLLEGE READING SKILLS Date Score Stamp VOCABULARY IN CONTEXT 1 VOCABULARY IN CONTEXT 2 SkillsBank ENGLISH: Spelling LANGUAGE SPELLING T1 Spelling Pretest 13 Suffixes after a consonant and y 1 Plurals formed by adding -s 14 Suffixes after a vowel and y 2 Plurals of nouns ending in s, x, ch, sh 15 Words ending in cede, -sede, - ceed 3 Plurals of nouns ending in consonants and y 16 Words ending in ent, -ence, -ant, -ance 4 Plurals of nouns ending in vowels and y 17 Words ending in -able, -ible 5 Plurals of nouns ending in consonants and o Q2 Quiz on lessons Plurals of nouns ending in f or fe S2 Induction: Hunt for the hidden time capsule 7 Irregular plurals 18 Using i before e 8 Suffixes after two consonants 19 Using e before i 9 Suffixes after two vowels and a consonant 20 Silent letters 10 Vowel suffixes after a vowel and a 21 Same-sound consonants consonant 11 Consonant suffixes after silent e 22 Same-sound vowels 12 Vowel suffixes after silent e Q3 Quiz on lessons Q1 Quiz on lessons 1 12 S3 Abstracting: Teaching a friend spelling rules S1 Classification: Helping Carlos with spelling T2 Spelling posttest

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