E T S Praxis Series

Middle School English Language Arts (0049)

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Short Essays

Question 1: Textual Interpretation

The stimulus for the literary analysis question will consist of a selection of prose (fiction or nonfiction) OR poetry (a whole short poem or an excerpt from a longer work).

Examinees will be asked to do both of the following:

  1. Describe and give examples of the use of one or two specified literary element(s) present in the stimulus, e.g., metaphor, simile, voice, narrative point of view, tone, style, setting, diction, mood, allusions, irony, cliches, analogy, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, foreshadowing
  1. Discuss how the author's use of the literary element(s) contributes to the overall meaning and/or effectiveness of the text

Question 2: Teaching Reading/Writing

The stimulus for the teaching reading/writing question will consist of a piece of student work OR a classroom situation.


Examinees may be asked to do any of the following:

  1. Analyze a piece of student work or a classroom situation to determine strengths and/or weaknesses
  2. Describe an instructional activity referencing the identified strengths and/or weaknesses