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Ch 8: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Spelling Rules

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This set of fun video lessons can help your students in grades 6-8 brush up on their spelling skills for the English language arts part of the SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment). Brief lessons with optional quizzes and chapter exam will review the essential writing skills for effective spelling.

SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Spelling Rules - Chapter Summary

Get ready for the SBA ELA (Smarter Balanced Assessment English Language Arts) with this chapter of entertaining video lessons. Students in grades 6-8 will review spelling strategies connected to plurals, prefixes, homonyms and hyphenated words, in addition to other practical spelling skills. The following topics are all included in this comprehensive chapter:

  • Spelling rules for plural nouns and words with doubled and dropped letters
  • English rules for prefixes, suffixes and endings
  • Knowing when to combine words
  • Differentiating between words that sound alike
  • Interpreting hyphenation rules
  • Tips for using correct spellings in writing

This chapter's short video lessons are about five minutes long and present instruction in a fun and engaging manner. Lessons are self-paced, and students can pause or go back whenever they wish. Each lesson offers a quick optional quiz, and there's a chapter exam available at the end to gauge learners' overall progress.

9 Lessons in Chapter 8: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Spelling Rules
English Spelling Rules for Plural Nouns

1. English Spelling Rules for Plural Nouns

Our world is filled with nouns. For such an important part of speech, it is vital to follow the right spelling rules. In this lesson, we will discuss the rules for spelling plural nouns.

English Spelling Rules for Doubling & Dropping Letters

2. English Spelling Rules for Doubling & Dropping Letters

In this lesson, you'll learn the spelling rules associated with doubling letters. You'll also learn how to correctly drop letters when changing the form of a word. Then you can test your new skills with a short quiz.

English Spelling Rules for Prefixes

3. English Spelling Rules for Prefixes

Adding a prefix to a word changes that word's meaning. In this lesson, you'll learn how to spell words correctly when adding prefixes, and you'll have a chance to test yourself with a short quiz.

English Spelling Rules for Suffixes & Endings

4. English Spelling Rules for Suffixes & Endings

Suffixes change much about words, including the spelling. This lesson outlines some of the guidelines for using suffixes, ensuring correct spelling of the word.

General English Spelling Rules

5. General English Spelling Rules

In this lesson, we detail just a few of the numerous general spelling rules in the English language, while also taking note of the exceptions to each guideline.

Determining When to Combine Words

6. Determining When to Combine Words

This lesson highlights some of the common mistakes we make with combining words or deciding to separate them. You will get the lowdown on the rules to use to get them right and test your knowledge in a quiz.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

7. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.

How to Use and Interpret Hyphenation Conventions

8. How to Use and Interpret Hyphenation Conventions

In this lesson, we will define hyphens, discuss the rules for using a hyphen correctly, and then explain why a hyphen is important for clarity in your writing.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

9. Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important to have correct spelling in your writing. We will then discuss some tips to be sure you are using correct spelling.

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