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MCAS English Language Arts, Grade 8 (2009)


The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) is a state-mandated assessment based on grade-specific language arts standards derived from the Massachusetts English Language Arts Curriculum Framework. This lively and engaging review book provides instruction and practice covering all areas tested on the MCAS.

Special Features
- A Diagnostic Test that assesses student’s strengths and weaknesses can be used to target instruction.
- Standard indicators that show what is covered in each chapter.
- MCAS Mac, a cartoon dog, appears in each chapter, giving student-friendly MCAS hints and multiple-choice question strategies.
- A Try It Out in each chapter offers valuable guided practice with a reading selection and multiple-choice and open response questions.
- The On Your Own reading selections challenge students with independent practice on the reading skills taught in each chapter, along with spiraled review questions.
- Key Concepts  and Making Sense of It highlight and reinforce important concepts covered in each chapter.
- A high-interest mix of literary and informational texts, accompanied by visual texts such as illustrations, photographs, diagrams, tables, graphs, and maps prepares students for the texts they will encounter on the MCAS.
- Two full-length Practice Tests give students the opportunity to assess their MCAS Reading readiness.


About the MCAS
Learning Standards Assessed by MCAS
About This Book
Diagnostic Test
MCAS Diagnostic Test Checklist
Chapter 1 Reading Effectively
Chapter 2 Getting the Point
Chapter 3 Knowing the Difference
Chapter 4 Why Did That Happen?
Chapter 5 The Author’s “Why”
Chapter 6 Looking Into It
Chapter 7 The Plot Thickens
Chapter 8 Poetry, Traditional Stories, and Drama
MCAS Practice Test 1
MCAS Practice Test 2

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[Includes lots of useful material for reading comprehension lessons/exercises! F.]

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