Slaying the Standardized Testing Dragon by Vicki Cobb

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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Vicki Cobb introduces the Nonfiction Minute--self-contained 400-word essays on myriad subjects that are FREE on the web and are a great source of practice in reading widely..  She also shows how to use the iNK Think Tank database to generate lists of books in libraries where students can read deeply on topics of their choice.  We know this works because of the millions of top student who have already discovered these resources.

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By Request: $300.00
By Request Premium: $270.00

You will receive an invoice for the program from iNK Think Tank, Inc. a non profit corporation.


45 min to one hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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Primary Disciplines

Gifted & Talented, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Special Education, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy
No charge for cancellation due to nature. $100 kill fee if cancelled within forty-eight hours. We make every effort to reschedule.

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

Program Details


This is a very interactive program where author Vicki Cobb shows students the website resources and how to use them to serve their own interests.
Her intimate knowledge of the Nonfiction Minute allows her to instantly find material to suit and individual's interest and lead then into increased time spent reading.


* To motivate students to read and explore written material based on their own interests.
* To help students understand the basis of the standardized tests and what reading comprehension means for them
*To show students how to prepare for standardized tests by reading, reading reading.
* To give students confidence that they have the '"secret sauce" to do well on the tests..

Standards Alignment

National Standards

The reading material in this program meets all appropriate CCSS for literacy and reading comprehension.

Some of the specialized material also meets the Next Generation Science Stndards.