Looking for current, comprehensive standards support for your lesson plans? Continental, your Pennsylvania neighbor, offers Finish Line PA Core ELA to help students learn the standards and prepare for the PSSA.
Easy to Use
Concise, simply-presented lessons keep students focused and on task. Components include student workbooks, student answer booklets (optional), and annotated teacher’s editions.
Directly Aligned to Pennsylvania’s Standards
Student books include 300+ pages of instruction and practice written for the Eligible Content of the Pennsylvania Core Standards.
Gradual Release of Responsibility
Each lesson uses the gradual release model—from teacher-led instruction to individual student work—in a four-part format: Skill Introduction, Focused Instruction, Guided Practice, and Independent Practice.
Practice for the PSSA
Question types vary by grade level and include those on the PSSA: multiple-choice (MC), evidence-based selected response (EBSR), short answer (SA), and text dependent analysis (TDA) for writing.
In addition to lessons on reading comprehension skills and vocabulary, 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
Much like Pennsylvania’s standards and the PSSA, the books require students to find evidence from texts to support their answers. A variety of authentic-text passages promote the rigor and text complexity required by the PA Core Standards.
A glossary in each student book includes terms that appear in boldface throughout the book.
Comprehensive teacher’s editions include suggestions for use/teaching strategies; student book pages with correct answers, correlations to the Eligible Content or Pennsylvania Core Standards and Depth of Knowledge (DOK), and answer rationales for items in the Independent Practice; speaking, writing, and listening activities; media/research activities; Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary; and ELL support.
Student Answer Booklets
Reuse your workbooks year after year with our student answer booklets. Students write their work and answers right into the booklets, keeping the workbooks pristine for future use. They’re an affordable option for tight school budgets.
This series is ideal for collaborative and independent work in the classroom, out-of-school programs, and homework.
Student Book: 300-350 pages
Annotated Teacher’s Edition: approx. 200 pages