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.
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Key Standards Supported
Form and use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood.
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Reading Informational Text
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
nalyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
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