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FCAT prompt for teachers: Rate the different terms for 'fat'



Jelly-belly or roly-poly? Gargantuan or elephantine?

The Miami New Times reports on an FCAT training for teachers that challenges them to rate 28 terms for 'fat' from most to least formal. Not an easy task, that. And not one that impressed the New Times or the teacher that tipped the paper to the question. 

"A group of Miami-Dade Schools public teachers at a recent FCAT workshop were given a sample test that will not restore your faith that the finest minds are running our school district.

"The teachers were asked to arrange synonyms for varying extremes of "fatness" from "most formal" to "most informal". This simulated a vocabulary question in the Language Arts/Reading component of the FCAT.

"But hey, a picture is worth 28 words, all of them meaning "fat". See for yourself:


Any other fun examples floating around you'd like to share?

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 11:59am]


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