Sadlier_School_logotype_RED.png
SC_logo.png  Log In

ELA Blog - English Language Arts Resources for the Classroom

Show Grade Ranges:

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Assessment and Inventory Worksheets for Educators

One of the most important aspects of vocabulary instruction is vocabulary assessment. Without knowing how many words your students already know, and to...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

ACT/SAT Test-Taking Strategies: Pre-assess & Differentiate Vocabulary Learning

After 13+ years teaching high school English, I've concluded that ACT and SAT test-taking strategies are more successful when educators make...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

A Guide to Reviewing Vocabulary Terms Before High-Stakes Testing

In this article, you'll explore the benefits and rationale for teaching and reviewing vocabulary strategies as part of high-stakes test preparation!...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Reading Practice Prompts for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

Like many of you, my students will be taking the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) for the first time this spring. In my reading and...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

3 Test-Taking Strategies for Elementary Students (Includes 10+ Printables)

Recently I've had a lot of teachers come to me asking about standardized test preparation. While I hope the majority of my instruction prepares my kids...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

How Word Parts and Context Clues Strategies Can Help Students Become Better Test Takers

So often, teachers tell students to figure out what a word means based on its word parts or on surrounding context clues, but I rarely know how to...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

An Awesome SAT and ACT Comparison for Teachers and Students

I will never forget driving to my SAT exam early one Saturday morning; I had the radio blaring classical music while I crunched peppermints and...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Content-Rich Curriculum is the Best Preparation for High-Stakes Reading Tests

High-stakes testing puts an incredible amount of pressure on teachers and students. Teachers are evaluated based on their students' performance on...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Prepare for Standardized Tests Using Books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

With the second half of the school year in full-swing, many educators are starting to think about preparing their students for standardized testing.

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

10 High Stakes Assessment Terms Students Need to Know

If you read last week’s post, you know that your vocabulary instruction is most critical to your students’ success on high-stakes testing. Unfamiliar...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Increase High-Stakes Standardized Testing Success with Vocabulary

High-stakes standardized testing is not going away. With the newly redesigned SAT® and the fact that many states’ are focusing on both the ACT® and...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Differentiated Vocabulary Assessment Handout

Now that we've all gotten through the crazy back-to-school season and have established our classroom routines, I thought I'd take the opportunity to...

Vocab Gal

Grammar

How Literacy Coaches Can Support Teachers in Teaching ACT Test Prep

Many people like surprises. With the end of summer vacation, a surprise might be waiting for teachers at their school in the form of ACT®* scores. For...

Tiffany Rehbein

Literacy

SBAC Sample Questions for the English Language Arts/Literacy Sections

Last spring, my students took the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) for the first time. To prepare my students for this rigorous assessment...

Erin Lynch

Grammar

ACT Test-Taking Strategies: Tips for Taking the ACT Writing Test

Newness is often a theme that accompanies springtime. Since last September, ACT has been working on changes to its writing prompts. This spring, the...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Prepare for the SAT®* with Sentence Completion Worksheets

Spotlighting skills every day is one way teachers can support a grammar-rich environment and prepare students for exams! The critical reading section...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Prepare for the ACT®* with Subject-Verb Agreement Practice Worksheets

Spotlighting skills every day is one way teachers can support a grammar-rich environment and prepare students for exams! Subject-verb agreement is a...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

SAT®* Grammar Practice Worksheet: Precise Words

Word choice and precision in writing is a skill assessed by the SAT suite of tests. When students feel confident in using concrete, specific words...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

ACT®* Test Grammar Practice: Choosing Correct Words

Word choice is emphasized in writing and in literature. Teachers read passages aloud from F. Scott Fitzgerald because of the wonderful language choices...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

ACT®* Test Grammar Practice: Verb Tenses

With high stakes testing going on across the nation, teachers have the responsibility to strengthen language and grammar development. The practice...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

SAT®* Test Grammar Practice: Punctuation, Part 1

Language and grammar development is a vital component of learning across all subject areas. Knowledge of sentence structures impacts comprehension in a...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

What's In Your Test-Taking Strategies Toolkit? 5 Printables to Help Students Ace Assessments!

The papers are passed out, pencils are sharpened and fresh test booklets are positioned on students’ desks. It’s that time again: spring testing...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

3 Quick Tips for Answering Questions on the SAT®* Test

For juniors and seniors, college is on the horizon. The SAT test assesses what students know and how they can apply that knowledge. The SAT test...

Tiffany Rehbein

Vocabulary

Test Prep Strategies for Reading & Vocabulary (Grades 2–12)

Late-night studying, exhausting memorization, sleep deprivation; any of this sound familiar from when you were in school? Test prep and testing can be...

Vocab Gal

Subscribe to the ELA Blog