ELA Overview

5th grade NYS English Language Arts Exam 

Dates: April 16th, 17th, and 18th

Day One:Ø  Reading comprehension ( 35 multiple choice) 

Day Two:Ø Listening passage (5 multiple choice and 3 short response questions.) 

Day Three: Ø Reading/Writing (4 short response and 1 extended response)

SOME key skills: Reading directions, Sequence of events, Main idea, Making predictions, Inferencing, Fact vs. Opinion, Cause and Effect, Finding word meaning in context clues, character traits, and Note taking. 

 How can you help?

·       Be sure students are doing homework thoroughly! Practice reading all directions and underlining key information. Take the time to do it right. The hard work will pay off!

·       Have students take notes while watching the news.

·       Be sure your child is editing all homework (Punctuation, capitalization and usage). Although there is no editing section this year, there will be a section in the multiple choice on grammar. In addition, short response and extended response writing will be graded taking capitalization, punctuation and usage into account.  

·       You can find more information online at the Department of Education  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/2011-testspecs-rev.pdf