Ch 2: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Verbs & Adverbs

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Prepare your student for the SBA Grades 6-8 ELA assessments by reviewing this chapter on verbs, adverbs, and their uses. Have your student complete the quizzes and chapter test for realistic practice answering English-related questions.

SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Verbs & Adverbs - Chapter Summary

Verbs are the keystone to English clause composition: without them there is no action, all the nouns just fall flat. Help your school see your student in action as they demonstrate a high level of competence in working with verbs after watching these videos. Preparing for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) for 6th - 8th grade English Language Arts (ELA) assessments is made simple in this chapter covering:

  • Verb forms
  • Verb-tense and subject-verb agreement
  • Active and passive voice
  • A comparison of adjectives and adverbs
  • Predicates and gerunds

The videos in these lessons focus in on a single aspect of verbs and adverbs at a time, helping to keep the videos short and not create information overload. They are designed to act principally as a reinforcing tool for instruction provided during in-class instruction, but they can also be handy for homeschooling or helping students get caught up after an extended absence. Have your student take the assessments to gauge understanding and get practice taking English-related tests.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Verbs & Adverbs
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Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

1. Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

Do you think that a verb is just a verb? Check out this lesson to learn about the differences among action verbs, linking verbs, and auxiliary/helping verbs.

Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives

2. Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives

Using verbs correctly involves knowing more than just how to express action in a sentence. This lesson will show you a few special types of verb forms - infinitives, present participles, and past participles - as well as how to use them.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

3. Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

Learn all about verb tense and subject-verb agreement in our first lesson on this tricky topic. We'll look at examples to help you understand this concept.

Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

4. Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

Subject-verb agreement is a tricky beast. Learn which uncommon singular and plural nouns and pronouns are most likely to trip you up when trying to craft essays with good grammar.

Active and Passive Voice

5. Active and Passive Voice

You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.

Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

6. Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

Adjectives and adverbs are descriptive words that allow our sentences to be much more specific and interesting than they would be without them. This lesson covers the rules for using adjectives and adverbs correctly, including those used in comparisons.

Gerunds: Are They Verbs? Are They Nouns?

7. Gerunds: Are They Verbs? Are They Nouns?

Take a closer look at the verbs and nouns we use in everyday language to help you understand gerunds. Watch this video lesson to learn the exact nature of gerunds and their purpose in writing.

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