Language Arts
LAN6402 ccs
grade 8 unit 2

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.8.1

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.8.4

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.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.8.7

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.8.1

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.8.5

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.8.8

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.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

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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Argumentative Papers: Opposing Arguments (Video)

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Writing and Evaluating Introductions for Document ...

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Draft a Thesis Statement (Video)

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Write an Introductory Paragraph (Video)

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Claims, Claims, Claims

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Examining Elements of Persuasive Speeches (Video)

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Developing a Topic

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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In-Text Citations

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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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Claim, Proof, and Reason For Document Based Questi...

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Read, Write and Reflect

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Organization Writing Leads

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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)

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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Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Au...

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Clarity (Video)

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Coherence

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Using Transition Words Effectively

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

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Clarify Relationships Between Ideas by Adding Tran...

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Development Post-It Notes

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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Formal versus Informal English Worksheet

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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

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Performance Day!

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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Draft a Concluding Paragraph for Argumentative Ess...

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Write a concluding statement by rewording main poi...

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Persuasion is All Around You

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Writing a Conclusion

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Writing and Evaluating Conclusions for Document Ba...

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Persuasive Letter Materials

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How to Write a Conclusion (Video)

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Writing a Killer 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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Writing About Literature: The Basics

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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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Topic Sentence Worksheet

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Setting Up Your Topic Sentence

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The Power of a Great Introduction (Video)

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Introductory Paragraphs | Persuasive Essay Writing...

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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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Effective Body Paragraphs

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Using Quotes to Support Arguments

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Incorporating Quotes in Writing

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Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characte...

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How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Ev...

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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 ...

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Main Idea Graphic Organizer

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Graphic Organizer Main Idea Chart

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 Words Worksheet

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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)

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Write Like London

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Necessary Transition

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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Effective Word Choice (Video)

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The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writin...

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Precise Language

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Trait Practice

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Vocabulary for Describing Language

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Three Strategies for Sizzling Writing

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Word Choice (PowerPoint)

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Word Choice Verbs

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Audience, Tone, and Style in Informative Text

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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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How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, T...

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Style

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Writing Styles

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Structuring Your Essay

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Academic Writing Style

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Style, Structure and Grammar

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Style Quiz

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Style Quiz (Answer Key)

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Formal and Informal Writing

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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How to Write a Great Essay: Get an Ending (Video)

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Conclusions

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Writing Introductory and Concluding Paragraphs

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Revise a Conclusion of an Explanatory Essay (Video...

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Conclude an Essay (Video)

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Hints for Writing a Conclusion

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Concluding Sentences

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Conclusion - Components of a Speech

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Writing Conclusions

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Conclusions Final

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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Narrative Essay Rubric

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Narratives: Topic (Video)

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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

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Personal Narrative Writing

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Narrative Writing Graphic Organizer

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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Narratives: Organization (Video)

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Modern Day Tall Tale Character Stories

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Counting Up/Down Stories

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Dialects and Dialogue Practice Sheet

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Basic Rules for Punctuating Dialogue

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Introducing Working Outlines

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Organize and Sequence Events in a Narrative (Video...

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

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Point of View/Narrator

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Organization

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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Narrative Key Elements (Video)

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Great Gatsby Graphic Organizer

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Graphic Organizer for The Glory Field

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

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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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Chronological Transition Words

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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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Choosing Precise Wording

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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.8.8

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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Using Critical Thinking to Find Trustworthy Websit...

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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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Supporting Your Thesis

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Drafting Your Paper

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Quiz on Drafting

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Quiz on Drafting (Answer Key)

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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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How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step ...

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Reading Strategies Using Visualization (Video)

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

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Describing Fiction

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Elements of Story Analysis Worksheet

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Mouthing the Theme Message

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How to Write a Character Analysis

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Reading a Poem Worksheet

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Finding Themes to Analyze in Literature

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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Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Kno...

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Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies (...

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Proposition and Support Worksheet - CCSS ELA-LITER...

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Writing Non-Fiction Well: Have Something to Say

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Nonfiction Reading Strategies

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Literary Non-Fiction (Video)

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Nonfiction Notes

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Literary Essays

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Non-Fiction Terms

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Literary Analysis

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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Critical Thinking Map Example Worksheet

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Collaborative Homework Questions

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The Value of Water

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How to Prepare for an Author Interview

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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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Textmasters Role Sheet - Summarizer

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Responding to Others in the Class Discussion

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Tone, Bias and Purpose

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.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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Lesson Reflection: Getting Students to Talk (Video...

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Reflection Worksheet

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Book Discussion Group Roles and Procedure

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Representing Global Warming Discussion Self-Evalua...

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Class Discussions

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Class Discussion Quiz Questions

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Class Discussion Quiz Questions (Answer Key)

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Discussion Director Role Sheet

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Discussion Roles Reporting Sheets

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Leadership, Roles, and Problem Solving in Groups

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.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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Online Talk: What's Safe and What's Risky? (Video)

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Seed Discussion Organizer

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Textmasters Role Sheet - Discussion Director

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Creating Prompts

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Collaboration + Discussion + Faciliatation

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Representing Global Warming Discussion Guide

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Global Warming: Tying It All Together

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Inquiry Chart

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Discussion Aid (Teachers Guide)

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Literature Roles Worksheets

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.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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Using Prior Knowledge to Connect Journeys to Human...

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Textmasters Role Sheet - Vocabulary Enricher

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Culminating Activity Rubric

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The Discussion Continuum

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Great Leads

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Possible Alternative Leads (Harry Potter)

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Effective Discussion (PowerPoint)

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Literature Circle Questioning

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Seminar and Discussion Rubric

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Discussions

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 Critique Form

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Presentation Checklist

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10 Top Presenting Tips

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How to Organize Your Presentation or Speech

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Delivering and Evaluating Persuasive Speeches (Vid...

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Presentation Day: Perspective Posters on the Trail...

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 Past-Tense Verbs Assessment

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Choosing Appropriate Words

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Using Language Effectively

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Using Language Effectively Quiz

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Using Language Effectively Quiz (Answer Key)

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Audience

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Finding Your Audience: A Primer

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Understanding Your Audience

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Know Your Audience and Purpose

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Formal Versus Informal English Worksheet

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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Common Roots

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Affixes and Root Words: Teacher’s Guide

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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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Evaluating Possible Meanings Tutorial

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Determining Denotation

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Context Clue Checker

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Using the Dictionary and Thesaurus Effectively

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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.8.1

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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Four Kinds of Sentence Worksheet

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Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement (Video)

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Write in the Conditional Mood (Video)

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Managing Mood

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English Verb: Mood

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Manipulating Sentences

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Sentence Manipulation Rubric

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Reading Through Different Lenses Worksheet

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Different Lenses Rubric

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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Predicting the Future Exercise

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Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules (Video)

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Verb Mood

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Participles and Participial Phases (Video)

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The Passive Voice Being Demonstrated by Comics

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Passive and Active Voice

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Conventions

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Passive Voice Tenses Explanation and Exercises

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Identifying Very Phrases Worksheet

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Transitive and Intransitive Verbs 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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Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods (V...

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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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Quotations

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Ellipsis

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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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The Ellipsis Mark (Video)

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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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Editing Techniques: Electronic Grammar and Spell C...

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8th Grade Spelling Bee Word List

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Spelling Rules

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Vocabulary Spelling Test

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Spelling Rules

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The Most Commonly Misspelled Words

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Personal Spelling Dictionary Worksheet

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Spelling Go Fish

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Proofreading Practice Quiz (Interactive)

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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Choosing Clear Words and Phrasing

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Practicing English Language Conventions

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Sample Speech Outline

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My Informative Speech

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Parts of 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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Esperanza's Growing Maturity

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Use Active and Passive Voice Deliberately to put E...

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Recognize and Express Ideas that are Contrary to F...

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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.8.5

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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Understanding Figurative Language (Video)

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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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Idiom Test 1 Answer Key

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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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Deducing the Meaning of Vocab in Context

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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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What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions...

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Develop a Topic for an Explanatory Essay (Video)

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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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Back to Vocabulary

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Vocabulary Game

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Speaking, Listening, and Language Quiz

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Speaking, Listening, and Language Quiz Answer Key

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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