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Course SummaryOur 8th grade language arts course offers a fun way for middle school students to learn and review essential topics related to grammar, literature types, writing, listening and speaking. The lessons and quizzes can be used during classroom time or assigned for homework.
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This course's video lessons expose 8th grade students to the basics of language arts, including grammar, punctuation, word knowledge, types of literature, writing, public speaking and listening. The videos are approximately five to ten minutes in duration, and they include engaging graphics and unique presentation. Teachers and parents can check students' progress by using the brief quizzes that accompany each lesson.
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- Students who need or want to learn about select topics, such as the parts of speech or figurative language, could watch just those chapters, or they may start at the beginning and work through the chapters and lessons sequentially.
- Each video may be viewed, paused and watched again as many times as needed.
- The video transcripts can help reinforce language arts concepts and make the vocabulary and headings stand out even more.
- The brief quizzes can measure your students' understanding of topics such as argumentative writing, drama and poetic devices. Video tags are also linked to sections of the video for ease of further review.
- At the end of a video lesson, the next lesson is clearly displayed for continued study.
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This online resource gives your students a comprehensive, entertaining and effective educational tool that can help make each learning session fun. Our course is a complete tutoring solution that's affordable for parents and teachers, can be individualized for students, and may be accessed when and where you need it. Lessons don't link out to other websites, so students stay focused in a safe learning environment.
Parents and teachers can find the lessons in this course helpful in many situations:
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- Supplement 8th grade language arts textbooks
|Punctuation & Grammar||Students review basic punctuation marks and their correct grammatical usage.|
|Parts of Speech||Lessons review use of familiar parts of speech, such as nouns, pronouns, and antecedents. Students also delve into conjunctive adverbs, as well as coordinating and correlative conjunctions.|
|Clauses & Phrases||8th graders learn about dependent and restrictive clauses, in addition to gerund, participial and prepositional phrases.|
|Verbs, Tenses & Agreement||This set of lessons deals with idioms, as well as various types of verbs, their tenses and subject-verb agreement.|
|Sentence Types & Components||Students explore sentence types, the main parts of sentences, sentence fragments and parallelism.|
|Word Knowledge||This chapter deals with synonyms, antonyms, connotation and denotation. In addition, methods for constructing meaning for words is addressed.|
|Figurative Language||Learners look at various figures of speech, including personification, similes and metaphors. Symbolism, understatement, puns and idioms are also discussed.|
|Poetry Types, Devices & Elements||Instructors present literary terms related to poetry, poetic devices, rhyme schemes and various types of poetry.|
|Understanding Literature||Students examine literary terms for prose, types of fiction, literary analysis and various genres of literature. They can also become more familiar with plot, setting, point of view, narrators, themes, tone and the influence of dialogue.|
|Drama||Lessons include the use of punctuation in dramatic dialogue, stage direction, inference of mood and interpretation of main idea in drama.|
|Informational Texts||8th grade learners will study examples of nonfiction, how to get the gist of essays, supporting details and text structure.|
|Using Source Materials||This chapter details how to use reference materials in writing, when bibliographies are required, citation formats and how to avoid plagiarism.|
|Writing||These comprehensive lessons include examples of essay types, prewriting skills, essay organization, thesis statements and strong transitions. Students will also experience use of sources, research summaries, essay tone and writing revisions.|
|Argumentative Writing||Students look at the parts of an argument, source validity, reasoning evaluation, argument analysis and argument structure.|
|Listening||This chapter reveals the stages of the listening process, obstacles to effective listening, components of rhetorical proof, fallacy and note-taking skills.|
|Public Speaking||8ths graders learn about the importance of public speaking skills, how to focus on listener's needs and ways to adapt to an audience during a speech.|
|Speech Development||Lessons explore the parts of a speech, effective transitions, research strategies, speech organization and dealing with time limits.|
|Speech Delivery & Evaluation||Students take a look at speech styles, types of visual aids, speech preparation and speech evaluation.|
|Collaborative Discussion||This chapter addresses cooperative learning, discussion preparation and multiple perspectives to be considered.|
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