Superscript Numbering to Practice TCAP Format
One of the most unusual TCAP formats which students must become accustomed to is superscript numbering of sentences of a paragraph.
The purpose of this module is to help teachers create their own examples of the TCAP format.
The first step in this process is to find some text to use for the sample paragraph. Use sentences created by your students or copy text from the Internet. For this sample, text from an Internet site will be used. One of Aesop's fables, The Sick Lion, will be used. This fable can be found at http://www.ivyjoy.com/fables/sicklion.html .
Step 1. Copy text to paste into Word. Click to the left of the beginning word, then press and hold the Shift key while you click to the right of the last word of the text you want to highlight. ( Click, Shift and hold, Click )This highlights the entire passage. With the passage highlighted, go to the Edit menu and select copy .
Step 2. Open MS Word and paste the text into a new Word document. You may need to reformat the text to remove added spaces.
Step 3. Starting with the first sentence, place numbers (1, 2, 3, etc.) before each sentence. Add a space after each number. Continue until all sentences are numbered.
Step 4. Highlight the first number, from the Format menu select Font , and then click in the box by the word Superscript on the Font tab. Continue this process until all sentence numbers are in superscript format.
Step 5. Edit the text to make mistakes which your students must correct.
Step 6. Write questions, presenting your students with choices like they will see on the TCAP assessment. Remember to mirror the format used on the test. Along that same line, if simple recall questions are presented to your students, students may see a format they have become familiar with, but will be unable to handle the questions written further up on Bloom's taxonomy.