Debunking the 7th Grade ELA TCAP


TCAP preparation season is quickly approaching for Tennessee educators. As a 7th grade Language Arts teacher, I know it can be maddening to search the DOE website to find Item Samplers, Practice Tests, and standards because of the influx of Common Core standards.



I’ve created a page that houses all TCAP related items produced by the state from the last few years. Some of the resources posted here are no longer available on the state’s website because of Common Core implementation. While the majority of these resources are targeted for 7th graders, there are also tests I’ve pulled from 8th grade that I’ve used in the past as extra practice for students.

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A Christmas Carol Context Building

With the upsurge of Common Core implementation, we are continuing to focus on context building around fiction and non-fiction texts. A Christmas Carol is an excellent text for building context because students are able to focus on both Dickens’ life and the Industrial Revolution.

A Christmas Carol Photo

See my lessons on context building before reading the play for more ideas.