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ELL MCAS Tutorial

The ELL MCAS Tutorial at the King Open School is an Enrichment Academic Program for LEP and FLEP students, Limited English Proficiency and Formerly Limited English Proficiency respectively. The Tutorial’s targeted student population is in the process of fully acquiring the English language as well as learning the complex Middle School Curricula at the Upper Grade levels (5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade). Therefore the Tutorial is committed to improving students’ academic performance by providing necessary extra support in test taking strategies, and content language development in Math, English Language Arts, and Science.

The Tutorial’s Syllabus follows the Massachusetts Frameworks for the content areas specified above. Some of the tests taking strategies practiced across the content areas in the enrichment classes are:

  • Language Strategies: Solving unfamiliar vocabulary, identifying key words in questions, using cognates, recycling words and expressions from texts and questions.
  • Writing Strategies: Format guidelines for short and open-response questions, using the text as a source for writing with expanded vocabulary, sentence starters, selecting the appropriate graphic organizer to take notes. 

  • Reading Comprehension Strategies: Looking for required information in the text, identifying topic sentences and main idea, note taking, identifying linguistic features that introduce conflicting points of view, summary and conclusion.