This two-page guide is intended to serve middle school teachers in preparation for the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System writing exam that must be taken by ELLs (English Language Learners).
Ideally, you should use the form and have students write an essay for a writing prompt related to your content area. Do this at least once or twice before the actual testing window for TELPAS; for 2017 the testing window is March 6 to April 5. *Your district and/or campus may dictate alternate deadlines within this window, but may not use any material written prior to March 6.
You will be guided through the entire writing process by using the standard ELL strategy of think-pair-share with an emphasis on having students speak and take notes to improve their writing. As long as the writing is their own, the sample is acceptable.
An additional positive outcome of this season is that you should have ALL students in your class participate in the essay process when TELPAS window is active--which means you have a pretty accurate assessment of students' understanding across the board. The targeted essay is a powerful assessment tool.
Download now and start practicing with your students ahead of schedule so they are ready by TELPAS window time!