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CAPT 2011 2012

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46 Day

Period 4

















Travel to test room/ restrooms


Interdisciplinary  Writing I (65)

Regular lunch times and Period 5

Period 6



72 Day

Period 7

Response to Literature (70)

Regular lunch times and Period 1

Period 2


35 Day

Period 3

Interdisciplinary Writing II (65)

Regular lunch times and Period 4

Period 5


67 Latin

Period 6

Make Up testing /Schindler’s List

Regular lunch times

and Period 7

Latin Exam


13 Day

Period 1

9:00 Reading for Information (45)

15 Minute Break + 15 minute  directions

10:15 Editing and Revising (25)


Regular lunch times and Period 2

Period 3


46 Day

Period 4

Mathematics Session 1 (75)

Regular lunch times and Period 5

Period 6


7  Day

Period 7

Mathematics Session II (75)

Regular lunch times and  math activities  - math department


13 Day

Period 1

Science Session I (50)

20 Minute break + 5 min direction

10:30 Science Session II (50)

Regular lunch times

and Period 2

Period 3


46 Day

Period 4

Supplemental for Gr. 10 Only (varies 25 – 75)

Regular lunch times

and Period 5

Period 6


72 Day

Period 7

Make Up testing /Schindler’s List

Regular lunch times and Period 1

Period 2

Response to Literature (Reading Test)

Editing and Revising Topics
They're all fair game...

The State's CAPT Program Overview

Content, Organization, & Tone

v     Topic sentence

v     Supporting details

v     Extraneous material

v     Chronological/logical order

v     Tone

v     Redundancy of ideas


v     Fragment

v     Run-on

v     Awkward construction

v     Parallel structure

v     Sentence combining

Word Choice

v     Descriptive language

v     Transition words

v     Generality/specificity

v     Misplaced modifier

v     Faulty subordination/coordination


v     Titles of people

v     Proper nouns

v     Proper adjectives

v     First word in dialogue

v     Names of places, organizations, nationalities, buildings, historical events, works of art


v     Comma

v     Quotation marks

v     Apostrophe

v     Semicolon

v     Colon


v     Subject/verb agreement

v     Verb tense

v     Pronoun reference/antecedent

v     Pronoun case

v     Indefinite pronoun

v     Special problems in usage

v     Adjective/adverb usage





Initial Understanding What are your thoughts and questions about the story? You might reflect upon the characters, their problems, the title or other ideas in the story.

Interpretation Choose one of the following quotations from the story. Explain what you think the quotation means as it relates to elements of the story such as characters or theme. Or How does the main character change from the beginning of the story to the end? What do you think causes the change?

Connection What does this story say about people in general? In what ways does it remind you of people you have known or experiences you have had? You may also write about stories you have read or movies, works of art or television shows you have seen. Use examples from the stories to explain your thinking.

Critical Stance How successful was the author in creating a good piece of literature? Use examples from the story to explain your thinking.


Questions & Prompts for Answering CAPT Response to Literature Questions (RTL)


Initial Reaction

(What is your initial reaction to the story?  Include any questions, thoughts, or opinions you may have.)

$  What happens in the story?

$  Who is involved (characters)?

$  What is the major conflict, issue, or problem in the text?  What is the result of the conflict?  What does the conflict and/or its resolution show or teach us?

$  How do you feel about this conflict? the resolution?

$  Why do the characters do what they do?  say what they say? think what they think?  What is/are the motivation(s) of the character(s)?

$  What is the setting?  How does the setting affect (add to the story, change something in the story, add to the meaning) the story or conflict?

$  Does a character change in the story?  How?  Why does this character change?

$  Does a character learn anything in the story?  What?  What does this lesson do for the character?  How do we know the character learned something?

$  Did you learn anything from the story?  What?  How did you learn this?

$  What questions do you have about the text?

$  What thoughts do you have about the story?

$  What conclusions have you made about it?

$  What is the major theme in the story?

$  Is the title appropriate for the text?  Explain.



(Discuss the meaning/relationship of a quotation, the title, how the character changes during the story)

$  What does the quote/title mean?

$  Using the theme/message/lesson the character learns, tell what the title or quote means and how it relates to the story, characters, lesson, overall meaning,  etc.

$  How does the title/quote fit the character, theme, or story line?

$  Why is the title/quote important?

$  Is the quote/title the theme, message, or lesson of the story?  Explain.

$  How does the quote/title further the reader’s insight into the characters, theme, etc.?

$  How does the main character change from the beginning of the text to the end?

$  How does a specific quotation relate to the whole text?

$  How does the quotation further your understanding of the character(s) or the theme(s) in the text?



(What does this story tell us about people in general?  How does this story relate to life, a story you have read, a piece of art, a movie or television program you have seen, people you know, etc.)

$  Which characters do you identify with (who they are, what they do, what they say, what they learn, etc.)? Why?

$  Have you been in a similar situation/conflict?

$  Have you learned similar lessons/messages?

$  Do you know people who are similar to characters in this story?

$  How does this story relate to your life, your friends, your situation, etc.?

$  Does the theme, message, or lesson fit your life in any way?


Critical Stance

(Is the author effective in creating a piece of good literature?)

$  What is your definition of good literature?

$  Does the setting of the story aid in relating the meaning of the story?

$  Is the dialogue realistic and effective?

$  Are the characters realistic/believable?

$  How does the use of language/wording/word usage/phrasing add or detract from the story?

$  What literary devices does the author use in the story? How do they aid/detract from the overall message of the story?

$  Is the message relevant? Does it matter in the “grand scheme of things”?

$  What makes you like this story?

$  Would you recommend this story to a relative or friend?  Why?  What would you tell them about the story?

$  What is your opinion of the message/lesson/theme?  It is an important lesson?  Is this relevant to everyday life?

$  What is your opinion of this text?  Why?

$  What literary devices did the author use in the text?  How do these literary devices enhance or detract from the overall presentation of the text? 

$  How does this text help you to further your understanding of human nature?

$  Should all students read this selection?  Why or why not?

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