Finish Line English Language Arts, Third Edition is a comprehensive program of instruction and practice to reinforce the college and career readiness standards and prepare students for state assessments. See our online diagnostic assessments for this series.
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How to Use Finish Line
Finish Line supplements your core basal program with instruction and practice that are concise and simply presented. Components include student workbooks, student answer booklets, and annotated teacher’s editions.
Student books are divided into units that parallel the strands in the Common Core at grade level.
Format of Instruction
The books use the gradual release model—from teacher-led instruction to individual student work—in a four-part lesson format: Skill Introduction, Focused Instruction, Guided Practice, and Independent Practice.
Practice for Assessment-Type Items
A mix of question types, including those on Common Core assessments, is found in the unit reviews and Independent Practice sections.
In addition to lessons on reading comprehension skills, each book includes a full unit of writing and language standards for students to practice the writing process, learn how to answer open-ended questions, and apply grammar and usage conventions.
Close Reading of Rigorous Text
Students are required to find evidence from the text to support their answers.
A glossary in each student book includes terms that appear in boldface throughout the book.
Annotated teacher’s editions include suggestions for use/teaching strategies; student book pages with correct answers, correlations to the Common Core State Standards and Depth of Knowledge (DOK), and answer analysis for items in the Independent Practice; speaking, writing, and listening activities; media/research activities; Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary support; and ELL support.
Student Answer Booklets
After students record their responses in the student answer booklets, you can check and grade their work, and return the booklets to them. Booklets can easily go from school to home.
Student Book: 300-350 pages
Annotated Teacher’s Edition: approx. 200 pages