8th grade English class reviews for upcoming MCAS

 

Eighth grade English teacher Vidula Plante is currently preparing her students for the upcoming MCAS testing. Recently, her class gained a new teaching assistant who teaches alongside her.

The class’s student teacher helps by further explaining the objective of the activity. The student teacher’s name is Mrs. Elston and she is a graduate student in the Salem State Graduate School of Education Master’s program. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
The class’s student teacher helps by further explaining the objective of the activity. The student teacher’s name is Jessica Elston and she is a graduate student in the Salem State Graduate School of Education Master’s program. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Another writing assignment the eighth graders recently had was an optional writing contest. In the contest, the students would enter “letters” to their favorite author, dead or alive. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Another writing assignment the eighth graders recently had was an optional writing contest. In the contest, the students would enter “letters” to their favorite author, dead or alive. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
The eighth grade students divided themselves into four corners based on what grade, on a scale of 1 to 4, they gave the response. They then debated their reasons as they tried to persuade other students to adopt their score.  Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
The eighth grade students divided themselves into four corners based on what grade, on a scale of 1 to 4, they gave the response. They then debated their reasons as they tried to persuade other students to adopt their score.
Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students listen attentively as Plante explains a mini exercise to the class. Plante and Elston asked for volunteers to go up to the board and find important information on how to tell if it was a well written response. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students listen attentively as Plante explains a mini exercise to the class. Plante and Elston asked for volunteers to go up to the board and find important information on how to tell if it was a well written response. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Plante explains the review activity to her class. Based on how the eighth graders scored each sample open response they would go to a certain spot in the room and explain why they graded the essay that way. The students were graded based on their participation. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Plante explains the review activity to her class. Based on how the eighth graders scored each sample open response they would go to a certain spot in the room and explain why they graded the essay that way. The students were graded based on their participation. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Eighth grader Laura Hannafin takes out her homework assignment from the night before. Plante assigned her students to read over an open response question and answer from a previous years MCAS. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Eighth grader Laura Hannafin takes out her homework assignment from the night before. Plante assigned her students to read over an open response question and answer from a previous years MCAS. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Margaret McFadden eagerly raises her hand to share her opinion on the sample open response. Students are highly encouraged to participate in this activity. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Margaret McFadden eagerly raises her hand to share her opinion on the sample open response. Students are highly encouraged to participate in this activity. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

Students Lake Fleming, Sam Demeo, and Connor Coale follow the teacher’s instructions to take out a paper they received in a previous class. Because of the upcoming MCAS test Plante prepared her students by giving them sample open responses. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students Lake Fleming, Sam Demeo, and Connor Coale follow the teacher’s instructions to take out a paper they received in a previous class. Because of the upcoming MCAS test Plante prepared her students by giving them sample open responses. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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