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8th Grade ELA Materials Aligned to the Common Core State Standards

This course contains materials that correlate to the 8th Grade ELA Common Core State Standards.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.1

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

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Making Inferences Powerpoint

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Reading Closely For Details: Guiding Questions

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Inference Mini Lesson

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Make an Inference!

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Making Inferences (PowerPoint)

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Response to Literature through Inferencing (PowerP...

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Writing a Summary

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CCSS in Middle School Language Arts Video

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.2

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

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7 Literary Elements Used To Analyze Literature

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Diagram Of The Plot

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Literary Elements

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Plot Diagram Template

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6 Active Reading Strategies Handout

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Literary Motifs Video - Education Portal

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Explicit vs. Implicit Themes (PowerPoint)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.3

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.3: Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

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Literary Elements and Techniques

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Plot Structure (PowerPoint)

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Impact of Setting on Characters Video

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Setting of the Story (PowerPoint)

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Characters Through Interaction

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Characterization through Speech

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Identifying Plot Advancement Video

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.4

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

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Connotation and Denotation Videos

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Literary Devices Worksheet

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Connotation and Denotation

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Analogy (PowerPoint)

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Allusions Video

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Identifying Allusions Video

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.5

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.5: Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

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Structure in Writing Affecting Meaning Video

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Story Structure Practice

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Story Pyramid Exercise

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Compare and Contrast Chart Graphic Organizer

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Analyzing a Poem's Sound by Reading Video

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Compare and Contrast Interactive Activity (Flash R...

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.6

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.6: Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.

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Point of View Videos

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Dramatic Irony (PowerPoint)

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Identifying Narrative Perspective

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Humor in Writing (PowerPoint)

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Suspense in Fiction

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Point of View Flash Card Activity

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Point of View Practice

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Point of View (PowerPoint)

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Identifying Irony

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Irony Detective Activity

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.7

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.7: Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.

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Plot Diagram Template

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Focused Reading and Viewing Guide

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Book and Movie Comparison/Contrast Guide

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Thinking Critically about the Movie Adaptation

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Plot Diagram Interactive Activity (Flash Required)

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Movie Comparison Worksheet

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Book vs. Movie

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Venn Diagram Worksheet

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.9

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.9: Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.

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Mythology: The Story of a Culture (Video)

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Compare and Contrast Guiding Questions: Hercules

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Venn Diagram

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Connection Web

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.10

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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Reading Strategies

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Ways to Analyze A Poem Handout

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Questions for Reading Conferences

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Analyze Each Section of a Poem (Video)

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Types of Genre

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Characteristics of Various Genres

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Preview the Text to Make Predictions (Video)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.1

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

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Finding Textual Support (Video)

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ABC Book Characteristics Sheet

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Critical Thinking Map

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.2

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.2: Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

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Inferences 1

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Making Inferences Presentation

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Summarize Chunks of Text (Video)

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Determine the Central Idea of a Nonfiction Article...

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Analyze How an Idea is Developed (Video)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.3

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.3: Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

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BioCube Planning Sheet

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Making Textual Connections (Video)

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How an Author Uses Word Choice (Video)

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Venn Diagram Worksheet (Graphic Organizer)

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Analyzing How an Event Impacts a Character (Video)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.4

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

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Finding the Meaning of Technical Words (Video)

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Word Choice (Video)

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Determine the Tone of Text (Video)

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Meaning of Words 1 - Englishlinx

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Meaning of Words 2 - Englishlinx.com

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Directed Reading - Thinking Activity

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Determining Meaning Through Context

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Reading Comprehension Skills

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.5

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.5: Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept.

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Analyzing the Structure of A Text (Video)

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4 Square Graphic Organizer

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Analyzing the Structure of Paragraphs

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Engage and Learn Summarizing Practice

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.6

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.6: Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.

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Determine Author's Purpose using Text Evidence (Vi...

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Determine an Author's Bias (Video)

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Point of View Intermediate Worksheet

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Identifying Point of View

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Referencing the Author's Purpose

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Point of View

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.7

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.7: Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.

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Venn Diagram Worksheet

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Evaluating Mediums (Lesson Plan)

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Venn Diagram (Interactive Flash)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.8

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.8: Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

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Evaluate an Argument (Video)

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Evaluate an Argument in Text (Video)

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Proposition and Support Worksheet

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Evaluating a Source

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Supporting Details

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.9

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.9: Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.

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Factual Information Text Worksheet

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Analyzing Opposing Views on Evolution

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K-W-L Chart

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Compare and Contrast Nonfiction

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.10

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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Previewing a Nonfiction Article (Video)

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Monitor Comprehension While Reading (Video)

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Select Texts for Additional Reading (Video) - Lear...

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Reading Comprehension Skills

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World's Largest Marsupial Worksheet

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An Atom Apart Worksheet

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence

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Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reaso...

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Writing an argument paper

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Checklist for Evaluating Writing: Argumentative Es...

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Proposition and Support Worksheet

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Selecting a Topic for an Argumentative Essay (Vide...

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Argumentative Writing Assignment

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Writing Assignment - Opposing Arguments

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Persuasive Strategy Definitions

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Observations and Notes

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Organization Writing Leads

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Development Post-It Notes

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.A

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.A: Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.

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Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture You...

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Argumentative Papers: Key Elements (Video)

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Draft a Thesis Statement (Video)

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Write an Introductory Paragraph (Video)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.B

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.B: Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

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Argumentative Papers: Topic and Thesis (Video)

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MLA Format: In-Text Citations

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APA Formatting Guidelines for In-text Citations

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Draft Body Paragraphs for an Argumentative Essay (...

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Draft a Concluding Paragraph for Argumentative Ess...

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Brainstorm and Plan Arguments in Response to a Pro...

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Draft the Body of a Persuasive Letter (Video)

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Draft an Introduction to a Persuasive Letter (Vide...

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Persuasion is All Around You

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Writing and Evaluating Conclusions for Document Ba...

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Persuasive Letter Materials

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Writing a Killer Conclusion (Video)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.C

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.C: Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

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Illustrative Transition Words (Video)

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Cause and Effect Transition Words

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Emphatic Transition Words (Video)

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Clarify Relationships Between Ideas by Adding Tran...

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.D

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.D: Establish and maintain a formal style.

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Point of View: First, Second & Third Person (Video...

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Audience and Writing Style

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Grammar and Formality

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My Reviewers Video Series: In Style

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Voice Post-It Notes

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Sentence Fluency Post-it Notes

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Post-It Conventions Editing Notes

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Word Choice Post-It Notes

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.E

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.E: Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

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Concluding Paragraph Worksheet

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Writing a Conclusion

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How to Write a Conclusion (Video)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

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Informational Writing (Video)

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Planning and Shaping Body Paragraphs

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Organizing Your Paper (Videos)

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Topic and Main Ideas Worksheet

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Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structur...

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5 Paragraph Essay (Video)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.A

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.A: Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

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Writing Effective Introductions (Video)

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Introductory Sentences

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How to Introduce a Topic Clearly With a Summary Pr...

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Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sente...

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Setting Up Your Topic Sentence

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Introductory Paragraph Review

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How to Write a Great Introductory Sentence

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.B

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.B: Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

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Incorporating Quotes in Writing

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Introducing Quotations

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Develop a Paragraph (Video)

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Revise Facts and Evidence in an Explanatory Essay ...

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.C

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.C: Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

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Comparison and Contrast Transition Words (Video)

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Additive Transition Words

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Sequencing Transition Words (Video)

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Concluding Transition Words (Video)

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Transition Word List

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Organizing and Categorizing Ideas, Concepts and In...

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How to Write and Use Transition Sentences (Video)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.D

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.D: Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

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The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writin...

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Trait Practice

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Word Choice (PowerPoint)

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Word Choice Verbs

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Word Choice

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.E

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.E: Establish and maintain a formal style.

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Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay (V...

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Writing Styles

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Style Quiz

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Style Quiz (Answer Key)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.F

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.F: Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.

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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

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Rubric for a Narrative Writing Piece

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Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteri...

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Three Organized Paragraphs about a Scientific Mish...

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This I Believe Essay Writing Planner

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Techniques That Will Hook Your Readers

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Three Narrative Essay Essentials

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.A

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.A: Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.

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Modern Day Tall Tale Character Stories

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Orient the Reader by Establishing a Point of View ...

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Point of View/Narrator

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.B

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.B: Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.

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Great Gatsby Graphic Organizer

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Writing Assignment

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Sentence Fluency Rough Draft

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Little Red Riding Hooks

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Develop Characters by Using Dialogue (Video)

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Use Dialogue to Develop a Theme (Video)

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Personal Narrative Language

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.C

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.C: Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another, and show the relationships among experiences and events.

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Five-Transition Adventure Planner

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Use Transition Words, Clauses, and Phrases (Video)

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Stories and Anecdotes Exercise

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Stories and Anecdotes Exercise (Answer Key)

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Using Transition Words and Phrases (Video)

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Linking Words Explained (Video)

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Transitions - The Writing Center

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Transition Words and Phrases

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Connecting Your Ideas

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.D

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.D: Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.

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General and Precise Words Worksheet

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Descriptive Papers: Key Elements (Video)

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Symbols and Allusions

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Choose Precise Words and Descriptive Details (Vide...

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Using Imagery

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Sensory Language Chart

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Sensory Words

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Sensory Language

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Descriptive Writing in Simple Terms

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.E

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.E: Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events.

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Draft a Conclusion to a Narrative Story (Video)

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Narrative Writing

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Narrative Essay Writing

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Narrative Writing Outline

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Structuring a Narrative

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Writing Workshop

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Drafting: Organizing and Writing Your Narrative

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Narrative Writing (Slideshow)

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Conclusions - The Dyna-Write Ending (Video)

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Ze Elements of Ze Narrative

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.4

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)

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A Student's Perspective on the Writing Process (Vi...

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Organize Information for an Argumentative Essay (V...

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Main Idea, Evidence, Link Conclusion Template

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.5

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.5: With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 8 here.)

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Organize an Argumentative Essay Using a Persuasion...

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Checklist for Evaluating Writing

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Concise Language: Avoiding Elevated Language

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Peer Edit with Perfection

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.6

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

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Publishing Tools

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Writing a Blog Post to Stand Against Steroid Use

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Technology-Rich Approach to AZCCRS Writing (PowerP...

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.7

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.7: Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

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Question Log

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Research Paper Format

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Synthesizing Multiple Sources

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Bibliography and Research Notes Worksheet

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How to Write a Bibliography

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History Detective Notetaker Checklist and Reflecti...

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.8

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

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Citing Sources

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Gather Evidence and Cite Sources (Video)

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Research Sources: Online Research Databases

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Research Sources: Websites

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Research Sources: Reference Materials

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Research Sources: Books

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Research Sources: Periodicals

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.9

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

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Drafting Your Paper

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Quiz on Drafting

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What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning...

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Analyzing Literature

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How do I create a “Works Cited” page?

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Evidence to Support Research Worksheet

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.9.A

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.9.A: Apply grade 8 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new").

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Historical Fiction Character Discussion Questions

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Reading Strategies Using Visualization (Video)

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Elements of Story Analysis Worksheet

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.9.B

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.9.B: Apply grade 8 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., "Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced").

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Nonfiction Notes

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Non-Fiction Terms

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.10

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

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How to Write a Great Essay Quickly (Video)

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Story Organization Rubric

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Persuasive Writing Prompts

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Writing Prompts for Middle School

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Common Core Writing Examples

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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Collaborative Homework Questions

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The Basic Structure of a Speech

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How to Respond to Others' Comments or Ideas

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Indicators of a Good Book Discussion

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Textmasters - Self-Reflection Sheet

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This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1.A: Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

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Rubric for Paired Book Club Discussion

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Making Predictions Worksheets

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Textmasters Role Sheet - Summarizer

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Tone, Bias and Purpose

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This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1.B: Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

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Reflection Worksheet

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Book Discussion Group Roles and Procedure

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Class Discussion Quiz Questions

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Discussion Director Role Sheet

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This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1.C: Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others' questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.

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Textmasters Role Sheet - Discussion Director

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Creating Prompts

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Representing Global Warming Discussion Guide

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Global Warming: Tying It All Together

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Literature Roles Worksheets

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This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1.D: Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.

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Textmasters Role Sheet - Vocabulary Enricher

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Culminating Activity Rubric

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Great Leads

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Literature Circle Questioning

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Seminar and Discussion Rubric

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2: Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.

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Focusing on the Language of Your Free Verse Poem

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Multigenre Text Analysis Chart

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Possible Genres

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Using the Rhetorical Triangle & Rhetorical Appeals

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Critiquing Research Articles

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.3

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.3: Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and relevance and sufficiency of the evidence and identifying when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

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Generating Questions from Qualitative Dimensions o...

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Analyzing Famous Speeches as Arguments Essay Assi...

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.4

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.4: Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

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Oral Presentation Storyboard

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Presentation Feedback Form

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Two-Week Presentation Planning Guide

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Presentation Checklist

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.5

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.5: Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.

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PowerPoint Tool Tips

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Types of Sensory Enhancements

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Types of Sensory Enhancement Quiz

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.6

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.6: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grade 8 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)

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Using Language Effectively

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Formal Versus Informal English Worksheet

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

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Determining the Subject and the Object of a Senten...

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Common Issues with Subject-Verb Agreement

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The 12 Verb Tenses

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Articles (Video)

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Identify Tenses in Active Voice Quiz

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TENSES IN ACTIVE VOICE CROSSWORD

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Missing Auxiliaries Quiz

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Funtastic Tenses

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1.A

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1.A: Explain the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) in general and their function in particular sentences.

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Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives (Video)

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Speaking, Listening, and Language Assessment

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Speaking, Listening, and Language Assessment Answe...

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Gerunds and infinitives

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Gerund or Infinitive?

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Participles: “-ing” and “-ed” Endings

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Infinitives

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Gerunds and Infinitives

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Possessives and Gerunds Tutorial

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Introducing Nominalizations

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1.B

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1.B: Form and use verbs in the active and passive voice.

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Verbs Worksheet (Active and Passive Voice)

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Verb Phrases, Verbs of Being, and Gerunds Workshee...

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Practice with Past Perfect Worksheet

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Active and Passive Voice (Video)

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Passive Voice

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Passive Voice Exercise

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Using the Active and Passive Voice in Writing

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1.C

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1.C: Form and use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood.

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Write Open-Ended Questions in the Interrogative Op...

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Write in the Conditional Mood (Video)

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Manipulating Sentences

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Reading Through Different Lenses Worksheet

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1.D

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1.D: Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.*

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The Passive Voice Being Demonstrated by Comics

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Passive and Active Voice

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Passive Voice Tenses Explanation and Exercises

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Identifying Very Phrases Worksheet

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.2

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

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Basic Rules for Capitalization

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Capitalization in Sentences

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Capitalization of Proper Nouns (Video)

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Grammar Battle: Capitalization

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Cheshire Cat, the Capitalization Criminal

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Writing Well-Constructed Sentences

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Capitalization Training I

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Capitalization Training II

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Study Guide: Capitalization Rules

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.2.A

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.2.A: Use punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break.

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Commas: The Basics

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Dashes and Hyphens (Video)

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The Em Dash Tutorial

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Commas Used in Direct Quotations Worksheet

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Hades, the Lord of Colons, Hyphens, and Dashes

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Use an Ellipsis to Indicate a Pause or Break (Vide...

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Use a Comma to Indicate a Pause or Break (Video)

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Use a Dash to Indicate a Pause or Break (Video)

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Using Comma Worksheet

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.2.B

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.2.B: Use an ellipsis to indicate an omission.

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The Ellipsis Mark

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Omitting Words from Quotations (Video)

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Use Ellipsis to Indicate an Omission (Video)

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Ellipsis Practice and Explanation

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Ellipsis Global Impacts

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Omitting Words From Quotations

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Ellipsis Mark

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.2.C

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.2.C: Spell correctly.

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Editing Techniques: Checking Your Spelling

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Spelling Rules

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Spelling Go Fish

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.3

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

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Speaking Rubric

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Using Effective Language

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Using Language

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Practicing English Language Conventions

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Sample Speech Outline

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My Informative Speech

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.3.A

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.3.A: Use verbs in the active and passive voice and in the conditional and subjunctive mood to achieve particular effects (e.g., emphasizing the actor or the action; expressing uncertainty or describing a state contrary to fact).

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Active and Passive Voice

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Active vs. Passive Verbs

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Modal Verbs

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Special Verbs

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Passive Voice to Active Voice Study Guide

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Active Voice vs. Passive Voice

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.4

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

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Determining the Correct Meaning for a Word with Mu...

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Synonym Substitution (Video)

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Common Words with Multiple Meanings

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Student Strategies Worksheet

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Context Clues Bookmark

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Context Clues Vocabulary Builder Activity

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Context Clues

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.4.A

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.4.A: Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word's position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

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How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Wor...

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Examine Nearby Words

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Identifying Connected Words

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Using Surrounding Sentences (Video)

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Using Contextual Story Clues

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Word Map Worksheet

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Context Clues 2.1

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Context Clues 2.2

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Vocabulary Reading Strategies

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Understanding Context Clues

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.4.B

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.4.B: Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., precede, recede, secede).

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Common Roots and their Meanings

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Using Word Roots to Determine Meaning (Video)

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Affixes: The Building Blocks of the English Langua...

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Using Affixes to Determine Meaning (Video)

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Roots and Affixes

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Affixes Activity

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Affixes

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Root Words

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.4.C

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.4.C: Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.

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Vocab Tip: Research the Meaning (Video)

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Dictionary Skills Quiz

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The Free Dictionary

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Context Clues and Dictionary Quiz

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YOUR DICTIONARY

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Thesaurus.com

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Using a Dictionary

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All About Reference Books

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Guide to Consulting Vocabulary Reference Materials

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Using the Dictionary and Thesaurus Effectively

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.4.D

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.4.D: Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).

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Context Clue Checker

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Choosing Good Words

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Using a Dictionary

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Context Clues for Vocabulary Worksheet

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Context Clues for Vocabulary Worksheet 2

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Vocabulary in Context

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Understanding Vocabulary Using Context Clues

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.5

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

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Similes and Metaphors

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Metaphors

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Personification

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Personification Worksheet

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Level 8 Analogies Worksheet

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Understanding Figurative Language

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Metonymy (Video)

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Figurative Language Chart

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Connotation

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.5.A

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.5.A: Interpret figures of speech (e.g. verbal irony, puns) in context.

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Verbal Irony

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Identifying Irony Worksheet 2

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Situational Irony

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Irony

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Identifying Puns in Drama

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Craft Dialogue with Multiple Meanings (Video)

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Idiom Test 1

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Cliches

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Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions (Video)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.5.B

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.5.B: Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words.

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Types of Context Clues

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Definition Context Clues

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Yzma Worksheet

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Word Matrix (Interactive Flash)

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Make-a-Word Card Game

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Words with Different Parts of Speech

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Clued into Unknown Words

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Determining the Meaning of Unfamiliar Words

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Homonyms and Other Similar-Sounding Words

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.5.C

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.5.C: Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., bullheaded, willful, firm, persistent, resolute).

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Reading Vocabulary Worksheet

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Connotation and Denotation

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Denotation vs. Connotation

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Word Connotations Practice

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Connotation & Denotation

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Automobile Names Connotation Activities

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Connotation vs Denotation Final

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Connotation and Denotation Worksheet

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.6

This unit contains materials aligned to the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.6: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

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Vocabulary Game

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Speaking, Listening, and Language Quiz

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Ulysses and the Lotus-Eaters

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Signal Words

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New Vocabulary Context Clues Graphic Organizer

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Vocabulary Selection Worksheet

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Using Appropriate Language

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Vocabulary Graphic Organizer