Objective: Complete an impressive extended response to a real passage from the most recent NYS ELA test.

1. Read “Excerpt from the Winter Hibiscus” from Book 2 of the 2016 NYS 8th grade ELA test. 

2. What’s in Italics? (JF): What are the most important facts that the testing company had to give you in the italicized intro text.

3. Hibiscus Essay (JF): Use the real test question (45 below) to answer the