Common Sense Review
Updated August 2014

LearnZillion: 8th Grade ELA

Instructional video database helps support the high school transition
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This module is part of the Website LearnZillion.
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  • The 8th grade lessons cover a broad range of Common Core standards for English.
  • While lesson sets address many key standards, they aren't covered completely.
  • Video lessons model the writing process -- one of the site's strengths.
Amy Lauren Botula
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Common Sense Rating 3
How Can Teachers Use It?

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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