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This Week’s HSA Item

HSA Items of the week can be used in a variety of ways by teachers, students, parents, tutors and other interested parties. They may be used as warm-up activity at the beginning of the class or as a review at the end of instruction. Students and parents can use them as an ongoing review to ensure that students have mastered and retained the content they are expected to learn.

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Student Handout with Answer Key, and Objective Information.

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Monitoring Reports

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Monitoring Report for English

HSA Item of the Week

This item is one of the many resources available in the Reading CLG Toolkit.


Read the excerpt from "On Safari with the Experts," an article about a safari outfitting camp in Kenya, East Africa. Then answer the following about both "In the Country of Grasses" and "On Safari with the Experts."

Which pair of words best completes the following statement?

While the essay "In the Country of Grasses" is mostly written in a ___ style, the article "On Safari with the Experts" is mostly written in a ___ style.

  1. poetic...creative
  2. formal...scholarly
  3. descriptive...factual
  4. journalistic...conversational

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