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Notes from the Hall 

Secondary ELA Dept. Newsletter

Curriculum Snapshot

Handy resource which includes the following:

Achievement Level Descriptors

Lexile Bands per Grade Levels

Test Item Specs


Vertical Alignment 6-8

Vertical Alignment 8-12

Digital Primary Sources

Tools for College & Career Readiness

Image of the word resources

Putting the Pieces Together!


International Reading Association

YALSA's Book Awards & Booklists

Florida Students' Resources by Standard


Articles and Booklets

Keep in mind when you download the booklets that you can use the table of contents to look up your specific needs.  Don't let the number of pages overwhelm you it is a resource to be used as needed.


Teens Reading Mentor Curriculum

Getting Adolescent Boys to Read

Articles of Interest

Helping Teens Become Better Readers and Writers

Engaging African-American Males (Tatum)


ELA Curriculum Guides


Intensive Language Arts (ILA) Units


Take a few moments to give us feedback so we can improve the frameworks. The survey can be filled out as often as necessary.  Include your name if you would like to be contacted. 


Framework Feedback Survey

Test Blueprints for English 3, English 3 Honors, and English 4 Honors Final Exams

Test Blueprint Pic.jpgTwo years ago, when the district was alerted that we were required to make EOCs for courses that do not have state assessments, teacher committees were put together to create test blueprints for English 3, English 3 Honors, and English 4 Honors. To download an Excel file these blueprints, click here.


These blueprints were created by scanning the standards trace provided to us by HMH and determining which standards were taught and assessed the most throughout the entire school year. These standards - called our "power standards" - were chosen to be assessed. They are highlighted in bold text on the blueprints.


Once the standards were chosen, we had to determine how many questions should be on the test, and what should be the ratio of low, moderate, and high (L, M, H) complexity.


This blueprint will serve as a guide for you to create a final exam for your class. It is a design for a standards-based test, so there is no specific content mentioned. That is up to the discretion of the creators of the assessment.