MCAS English Language Arts (ELA) Preparation

This course is designed for Adult Diploma candidates to successfully pass the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) Grade 10 English Language Arts exam.  Students must demonstrate that they have reached the standards on English language arts and mathematics in order to receive a high school diploma. Course work prepares students to be able to read and analyze basic literary concepts. Examples of readings include short stories, poetry, novel excerpts, and speeches. Students are required to read a novel and be able to respond to a provided writing prompt using a five paragraph composition format.

Lessons focus on developing reading and writing strategies. Students must complete multiple choice and open response items, as well as a five paragraph essay.