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New York State's English Language Arts tests for Grades 6, 7 and 8 present challenging texts and assess student mastery of higher-level thinking skills, such as the analysis of figurative language or the evaluation of information from non-fiction sources. Mastering New York's Grade 6 English Language Arts Standards applies the latest educational research to help sixth graders improve their reading, listening and writing skills and succeed on the test.

Introduction. Like the other books in this series, this one opens with the metacognitive reading strategies described in the landmark study Mosaic of Thought, and provides a grade-appropriate model actually showing students how to apply these seven strategies. Research suggests that these strategies are essential for improving reading comprehension in middle school. Subsequent chapters in this unit review the main characteristics of stories, poems, and expository texts.

Session 1: Reading. Students improve their mastery of reading skills with practice readings, direct instruction, and practice questions. Special emphasis is placed on those higher thinking skills tested on the statewide assessment, such as locating outside information, analyzing how an author uses language to create images in the reader, explaining how an author uses literary devices, and evaluating the accuracy of information. Engaging, multicultural practice readings are drawn from a variety of disciplines. Authors include Edna St. Vincent Millay, Ogden Nash, Gary Soto, and James Thurber.

Session 2. Students practice their listening and note-taking skills. They also learn how to analyze question words -- what, how and why -- in order to answer short-response and extended-response questions. They examine the elements of good writing -- meaning, organization, development, language and adherence to conventions -- and score sample student responses. Finally, they review the key steps of the writing process and apply them to answering extended-response questions.

Session 3. One of the most challenging aspects of this test is the requirement that students analyze paired readings. Here, students learn to analyze linked passages and receive extensive practice in answering questions about them.

A Final Practice Test. The book concludes with a complete practice test, reflecting the number of questions and level of difficulty of the actual test.

N.Y.C. Vendor Number: JAR 060
N.Y.C. Contract Number: 7000307

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