Finish Line New York ELLs, Second Edition is an updated series to help English learners prepare for the 2019 NYSESLAT exam. Lessons mimic the NYSESLAT to minimize test-day anxiety and allow students more opportunity to display their language proficiency.
New in this edition
Books have been updated to reflect the 2019 NYSESLAT exam regarding lesson format, themes, number and type of items, and passage length. Extensions to speaking questions have been added when appropriate, such as “Tell me more” and “Why/why not?”
Books are aligned to the Linguistic Demands of the New Language Arts Progressions and Targets of Measurement (ToMs).
Lessons address the tested modalities of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
To mirror the NYSESLAT, each lesson is created around a central theme that ties to a content area in the classroom.
As on the test, students will answer multiple-choice and constructed-response items. Questions include short, extended, and oral response, depending on modality. Graphics support text-based questions.
Listening, reading, and writing are integrated as one unit and speaking is a dedicated unit to mimic test administration.
The last unit transitions students to the New York State Test and includes New York Common Core Learning Standards and Next Generation Learning Standards (grades 3–8).
Audio CDs Page-by-page reading of the lessons from the listening unit on CD removes the potential of bias in body language and voice inflection during administration.
Annotated Teacher’s Editions Resources include teacher directions for each page, instructional notes, extension activities, parent letter, scoring forms and answer sheets with rubrics, Targets of Measurement (ToMs) and NYSESLAT Anchors, and classroom learning activities.
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