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Course SummaryTeach your 8th graders about conventions of English language, including verb forms, capitalization and punctuation rules, as well as figurative language, with this Common Core-aligned course. Use these short video lessons and quizzes to write lesson plans, homework assignments and test questions for your classes.
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About the Common Core
Common Core language standards for the 8th grade are designed to ensure students learn the grammar and vocabulary skills needed to communicate effectively. Lessons included in this collection address some of the same learning objectives and can help students discover how to use proper verb forms, avoid punctuation or spelling errors, and acquire new vocabulary terms.
If you'd like to include these lessons in your instruction, consider introducing students to grammar rules and vocabulary use by watching the videos in class. There are also short multiple-choice quizzes that can be used to facilitate discussion or group activity.
Conventions of English Grammar: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.1
Standard: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
This chapter can teach students to use participles, infinitives, and gerunds. Lessons outline the differences between active and passive voice and identify verbs in different moods, including imperative, interrogative, and conditional. There's also a lesson designed to teach students how to point out and correct shifts in voice or mood.
Capitalization, Punctuation, & Spelling: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.2
Standard: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Introduce students to basic rules for using commas, colons, semicolons, periods, ellipsis, and dashes. Teach them how to correctly spell homonyms and homophones and identify commonly confused words. Capitalization rules are also covered in this chapter.
Knowledge of Language: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.3
Standard: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Use these lessons to help students determine whether the effect they're going for would be best conveyed by the active or passive voice. They can also learn how to use the subjunctive or conditional mood.
Vocabulary Acquisition & Use: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.4
Standard: 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.
This chapter shows students how to use context clues, affixes, and roots to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words. Lessons also outline strategies for using digital and print resources to discover a word's pronunciation, part of speech, and definition. Students can get tips for learning new vocabulary terms as well.
Figurative Language & Nuance: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.5
Standard: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Lessons cover definitions and examples of connotation and denotation. Students can also discover dramatic, verbal, and situational irony and learn how these differ from sarcasm. Additional lessons show them how to interpret figures of speech, such as puns, and identify the relationships between words.
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