Updated August 2014

LearnZillion: 8th Grade ELA

Instructional video database helps support the high school transition

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  • English Language Arts

  • Critical Thinking
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LearnZillion's online database of short videos help support the teaching and assessment of numerous Common Core ELA standards, and the 8th grade offering helps prepare students for the impending move to high school. Also, within the 8th grade lessons, there's a return to the variety of lessons and assessments found in earlier grade levels, though absent in the 7th grade set. The biggest difference between the 8th grade lessons and the other middle school modules is a clear focus on preparation for high school English.

That said, be wary of over-using the content here. While detailed, the instruction can be quite dense -- the videos break down concepts to a level of detail that, while appropriately explicit for some kids, others could find them boring. Teachers would do well to use the site as a planning resource first, before moving on to modeling lessons for their students in a whole-class setting. Differentiated group work could be assigned thereafter.

Full Disclosure: LearnZillion and Common Sense Education share funders; however, those relationships do not impact Common Sense Education's editorial independence and this learning rating.

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