Language Arts

Language arts courses generally cover the areas of reading, writing, reading comprehension, and English grammar. It is crucial that students have a strong foundation in basic grammar as this will help them throughout their academic and professional lives. Reading comprehension is an important skill to have in everyday life. Imagine the number of times each day a person has to read and understand some piece of information. A person may have to read a chapter in a textbook, a letter from a credit card company, an e-mail from a friend, or a note from their child's teacher. Also imagine the number of times a person must write or type something during the course of their day. They may have to type an agenda for an office meeting, write thank you notes to family members, or write a check to pay for car insurance. Reading and writing ? two things that everyone does almost daily ? provide a means for us to give and receive information to other people.

Test Trade offers a language arts practice test with over 200 multiple-choice questions. The questions cover a variety of topics, including prefixes, the parts of an argument, definitions, punctuation, synonyms, antonyms, analogies, parts of speech, sentence structure, literary devices, literary genres, formal paper styles, report organization, poetry, poetic devices, important authors and works, and important periods in literary history.

Students can use the practice test to asses their current level of knowledge or they can use it to create a list of terms to study. Students can create a list of each of the topics covered in both the questions and answers on the practice test and then study each of these topics. It may be helpful to create timelines showing the progression of literary periods throughout history along with the associated notable authors of those periods. By creating a timeline, students are creating a visual study aid that will help them remember the order of important periods in literary history.

Last Updated: 04/30/2014