One primary goal for middle school educators is to prepare children for high school and life. Students will be required to take standardized tests throughout their lives. One aspect of the NYS ELA Assessment is recognizing errors in grammar, punctuation, usage, and mechanics. This is also necessary for future success on the English Regents Exam and the SATs. In addition, it is important that children recognize the impact of figurative language on writing. Understanding this impacts their ability to be successful readers and writers.
Since the NYS ELA Assessment will be revised for 2011, practice worksheets were created for grades 6-8 to parallel this new format. In an effort to make these materials useful, each practice worksheet was created with the existing grade level curriculum in mind. Excerpts were taken from literature used in the ELA or social studies classrooms.