School Improvement in Maryland

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 Report for English

HSA Item of the Week

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


After reading poems and essays about the natural world, students in Mrs. Edwards’ English class wrote essays about nature. The following item is about activities the students completed while planning and researching their essays.

Daniel, another student, wanted to learn about trees in the Baltimore area. Following which of these Internet links would most likely help Daniel locate the information he needs?

  1. Tree Conservation
    Threats to certain species of trees
  2. Trees of Time and Place
    Ways to encourage everyone to collect and plant tree seedlings
  3. Tree Varieties and Distribution
    Information about trees, organized by region, species, and subspecies
  4. Trees in the Garden
    Best bets and useful advice on planting, pruning, and general care of most trees

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