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Eighth Grade Language Arts Standards (Prior)

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8th Grade Reading Comprehension Skills
Prior Standards Implementation



The standards listed below have been replaced by a newer set of standards.



Please go to Current 8th Grade Language Arts Standards for current resources.



Reading Comprehension

Formulate appropriate questions during the reading of the text.
8.1.1
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  1. Asking Questions - the types of questions depend on the answer to that first important question: Why am I reading this? Once you establish a purpose for yourself, you can then ask which questions will help you achieve that goal. This page asks students to rank a set of questions on a scale of one to five.
  2. Questioning Toolkit - seventeen types of questions from the educational journal, FNO
Choose the correct meaning/usage of a multi-meaning word by replacing the word in context with an appropriate synonym or antonym.
8.1.2
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  1. Antonyms - find antonym of words This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  2. Synonym & Antonym Word Encounters - Level 1 words | Level 2 words | Level 3 words This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  3. Synonym.com - type a word in the box and find a synonym, or antonym, of the word. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  4. Words with multiple meanings - students fill in the blanks from a word list This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  5. Context is the Key - students use context clues to determine the meaning of a word This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  6. Using Multiple Meanings - students decide which sentences use a word correctly This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  7. Say it Another Way - Fill in the blank with a synonym for the missing word. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  8. The Thesaurus - a reference book that lists words and their synonyms - Drag and drop the words to the right thesaurus entry. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
Locate information using available text features (e.g., maps, charts, graphics, indexes, glossaries, table of contents, and appendices).
8.1.3
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  1. Captions Help Tell the Story - students look at three pictures and try to determine which caption fits best This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. Looking for the Fine Print - students read advertisements to practice reading critically This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. Using Graph and Charts
    1. Interpreting a Data Chart - students practice by answering questions about what can be found in a grid chart This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    2. Interpreting Column Graphs - students practice by answering ten questions about the graph This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    3. Interpreting Circle (Pie) Graphs - students practice by answering eight questions about the graph This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  4. Read All About It! - Newspapers are divided into standard sections. Students use sections to predict where types of stories would be found This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  5. Reading Headlines - students read eight headlines and try to determine what the article is about This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  6. Reading Headlines - Match the newspaper headlines on the left to the newspaper section on the right. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  7. Whatís On a Map? - eight questions about using various parts of a map This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
Identify on a graphic organizer the points at which various plot elements occur.
8.1.4
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  1. Concept Maps Explained - Concept maps and story webs are visual ways to structure ideas. (sample included
  2. Five main types of organizers - links showing examples of many types
  3. Short Story Elements - online quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
Identify an appropriate title to reinforce the main idea of a passage or paragraph.
8.1.5
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  1. Finding the Main Idea This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. Locating the Main Ideas of Paragraphs with Main-Idea Maps
  3. Main Idea - The main idea of a passage or reading is the central thought or message.
  4. Main Idea - Building Blocks of Comprehension
  5. Main Idea - The main idea of a paragraph is what all the sentences are about. Read the paragraph and ask, ďWhatís your point?Ē This link includes something for the teacher to print
  6. Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure - Challenge your students by letting them practice using a reading comprehension test designed for prospective teachers. ( This site recommends that you use a printed copy of the page ) This link includes something for the teacher to print
  7. Reading Comprehension - free reading comprehension worksheets for teachers and parents - includes original stories, poems, essays, and articles
  8. Summarize as You Read - When you summarize, eliminate unnecessary details. Focus on the main idea of the whole passage.
  9. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 1 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." - a worksheet to print, not interactive This link includes something for the teacher to print
  10. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 2 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." - a worksheet to print, not interactive This link includes something for the teacher to print
  11. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 3 - a bit harder than 1 & 2 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." Then add another example that could be included in that group. Be as specific as you can. - a worksheet to print, not interactive This link includes something for the teacher to print
Determine cause and effect relationships in context.
8.1.6
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  1. Making The Relationship Explicit Between Your Ideas - from UniLearning - Academic Writing
  2. Cause and Effect Diagrams - Lesson showing how to think through causes of a problem
  3. Cause and Effect Graphic Organizer - Use this to help determine relationships.
  4. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons Cause and Effect Lesson - explore some cause and effect situations using graphic organizers
  5. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons Cause-and-Effect Writing Challenges Students - The cause-and-effect relationship is both a way of thinking and a format for writing. Teachers who emphasize cause-and-effect writing say that they are helping students learn to think critically as well as write cogently. Read what three experienced teachers have to say about this teaching approach, which can be used with students of all ages. This is an article from Education World magazine .
Determine inferences from selected passages.
8.1.7
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  1. Drawing Inferences - how to be a critical reader This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. How are They Selling It? - students read three advertisements and evaluate the type of persuasive writing being employed This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. Inference Notes - Use this diagram to help interpret inferences.
  4. Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions - descriptions of the various ways to aid you in reaching a conclusion
  5. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsRules of Inference - Lesson discussing the rules of inference.
  6. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsTeaching Students to Make Inferences
Recognize a reasonable prediction of future events of a passage.
8.1.8
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  1. Guess What Comes Next - students read a passage and predict what would happen next This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. The World's Greatest Contralto by Babette Albin - As you read the story, write your questions and ideas about it on another sheet of paper. Then complete the next page.
  3. Prediction Guide - Guided questions help students in making, grounding and revisiting their predictions. This link includes something for the teacher to print An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
Select information using keywords and headings.
8.1.9
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  1. Looking for the Fine Print - students read advertisements to practice reading critically This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
Recognize and use grade appropriate and/or content specific vocabulary.
8.1.10
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  1. Complete sentence using correct vocabulary word - select easy, medium or hard This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  2. Match the Definition Exercises : - Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3 (the answers are at the bottom of this page) This link includes something for the teacher to print
  3. Rootonym - Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3 - studying the roots/cells: cess/ced, cept/cip and cur .
  4. Vocabulary University - acquire and retain vocabulary.
  5. Rooty's Weekly Root - Three Rootonym puzzles per week with 4 words per puzzle
Determine an authorís purpose for writing or a studentís purpose for reading.
8.1.11
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  1. Reading for a Purpose - Nine activities to check understanding about the purposes of different sorts of text This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. Different Types of Text - Do you understand the purpose of different text types and the main differences between them? Online quizzes This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  3. The writer's purpose and voice - from a site on preparing for the GRE
  4. Finding the purpose of each paragraph - from a site on preparing for the GRE
  5. Writing to Persuade - Persuasion means making someone with a different point of view from your own change their mind to your way of thinking.
  6. Sample assignment - Invent an X-ray satellite, name it, draw a picture of it. Write a one- to two-page persuasion letter addressed to your Congressperson or essay for your local newspaper in order to obtain funding for your X-ray astronomy mission. A lesson plan can be found at this site
  7. Writing to Persuade Rubric - Perhaps your students can understand writing to persuade better by seeing this rubric. This link includes something for the teacher to print
Identify an implied theme from a selection or related selections.
8.1.12
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  1. Walk Two Moons: An Integrated Unit - integrated study combining setting, theme, point of view, character, and plot with geography and geometry
Use text features (e.g., sidebars, footnotes, and endnotes) to determine meaning.
8.1.13
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Distinguish among different genres (e.g., poetry, drama, letters, ads, historical fiction, biographies, autobiographies, and essays) and their distinguishing characteristics.
8.1.14
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  1. A PowerPoint show related to this standardAn Overview of Poetry - a comprehensive show on the topic of rhythm and rhyme
  2. Poetry Terms - Quia quiz; tools a poet uses to convey a message
Identify examples within context of similes, metaphors, alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification, and hyperbole.
8.1.15
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  1. A one-page handout giving examples of each poetic device An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  2. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsA concept map to use when you work with your students on these topics An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  3. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsA Fun Way to Teach Similes - a lesson idea from Bruce Lansky A lesson plan can be found at this site
  4. Alliteration or Simile - Choose whether each statement is an alliterative phrase, simile or neither. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  5. Bud, Not Buddy - quizzes on similes & metaphors Matching | Flashcards | Concentration This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  6. Chasing Metaphors - students explore the figurative language of metaphors by turning a series of objects, concepts, events, or characters into metaphors, first in written form and then by creating a video with images, text, and sound [Quick Time required] A video is available through this link This resource includes voice instructions for students
  7. Do you know your metaphors ? - drag words to make a metaphor This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  8. Do you know your similes ? - drag the nouns to complete a Simile (Refresh the page to get a new set.) This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  9. Figurative Language - terms, definitions, and an example
  10. Figurative Language Quiz - alliteration, similes and metaphors, personification, connotation and imagery This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  11. Literary Devices Quizzes - similes, metaphors, personification, slang/dialect and allusions - Matching | Concentration | Flashcards This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  12. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons Metaphor Lists - a selection of metaphors by category, complete with sample usage and interpretation
  13. Metaphor Battleship Quiz - Quia quiz using the Battleship game format This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  14. Metaphor Quiz - a five-question quiz at Quia This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  15. Metaphor Quiz - a ten-question quiz at Quia This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  16. Metaphor Quiz to print This link includes something for the teacher to print
  17. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons Poetic Devices - a classroom sign about the forms of poetic devices An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  18. Poetry writing practice web An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print .
  19. Practicing onomatopoeia, alliteration, rhyme, simile and metaphor This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
    1. Word Play 1 | Word Play 2 | Word Play 3 | Word Play 4 | Word Play 5 | Word Play 6
  20. Simile lesson with a printable quiz This link includes something for the teacher to print
  21. Simile Quiz to print This link includes something for the teacher to print
  22. Similes and Metaphors - Identify the comparison in each sentence as a simile or a metaphor [ignore the email address blank]. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
Choose a logical word or phrase to complete an analogy, using scrambled words and homophones in addition to previously learned analogies.
8.1.16
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  1. Fact Monster Analogy of the Day This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. Analogy Quiz which requires students to type the word to complete the analogy This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  3. Analogy Lesson from Diana Dell
  4. Analogy quiz 1 at Quia posted by Diana Dell This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  5. Analogy quiz 2 at Quia posted by Diana Dell This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  6. Awesome Analogies for one or two players - posted at Quia This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  7. Discovery School Analogy Quizzes This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
    1. AnalogyQuiz8
    2. AnalogyQuiz9
    3. AnalogyQuiz10
  8. Puzz.com has a quiz with 152 analogies - pick one or two a day and practice this valuable skill
  9. A PowerPoint show related to this standard A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons Analogy PowerPoint Show template - you make modifications to use with your students
Recognize and identify the techniques of propaganda (i.e., bandwagon, loaded words, and testimonials).
8.1.17
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  1. Text Types- Online game helping learn about the different text types such as persuasion, informative, descriptive, or instructive. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. Analyzing Political Ads - Students will view current political ads and learn how they make use of various commercial ad appeals. Students will also develop familiarity with basic videography terms.
  3. Affluenza: A PBS Program - Lessons such as "Be an Adbuster!" and "What are Advertisers Selling?" are based on Affluenza, a one-hour television special that explores the high social and environmental costs of materialism and over consumption. The lessons can be used without the video.
Recognize the authorís point of view (i.e., first person, third person, limited, or omniscient).
8.1.18
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  1. Point of View - Exploring Point of View
  2. Point of View - Definition of Point of view
  3. Point of View and Why it is important - Ian Bone; PDF format An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  4. Point of View Exercise - Can use this as a class activity
  5. Point of View - Two Heads Aren't Always Better Than One - suggestions regarding choosing a point of view for your writing
  6. Point of View - Beginning Writer's Craft ( free web host; could be blocked by some school filters)
  7. Characters and Point of View - " The point of view -- how you choose to tell your story -- determines the voice of your writing."
Determine how a story changes if the point of view is changed.
8.1.19
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  1. Point of View; Third Person - lesson plan
Recognize commonly used foreign phrases (e.g., e pluribus unum, cíest la vie, bon jour, hasta la vista, bon voyage, mi casa es su casa).
8.1.20
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  1. Foreign Words and Phrases - The English meanings given are not necessarily literal translations.
  2. Common foreign phrases - Select a language and find familiar phrases.
  3. Common Foreign Words and Phrases - How many foreign phrases do you know? Can you guess the translation?
Identify examples of sound devices within context (e.g., rhyme, alliteration, assonance, slant thyme, repetition, and internal rhyme).
8.1.21
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  1. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsA concept map to use when you work with your students on these topics An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  2. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsPoetic Devices - a classroom sign about the forms of poetic devices An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  3. Shakespearean alliteration insults - have fun while reinforcing the concept of alliteration
Recognize and identify words within context that reveal particular time periods and cultures.
8.1.22
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Determine the influence of culture and ethnicity on the themes and issues of literary texts.
8.1.23
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  1. Proverbs Around the World - Analyze information and assess meaning from prior knowledge - Print this sheet and have group discussions on meanings. An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
Identify how the author reveals character (e.g., physical characteristics, dialog, what others say about him, and what he does).
8.1.24
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  1. Writing Dialogue - "Personally, I think dialogue can make or break a story. Here are some tips Iíve discovered that may help you with yours," said Elizabeth Rose.
  2. Writing Dialogue - This is a dialogue sheet which can be used to teach students to include the basic characteristics of good dialogue in their own writing. The form may be modified to include whatever characteristics the instructor desires. This link includes something for the teacher to print
  3. 12 Exercises for Improving Dialogue from the Writer's Resource Center
  4. Narrative and Dialogue - A Contrast In Writing Styles
Recognize literacy elements that shape meaning within context (e.g., symbolism, foreshadowing, flashback, irony, mood, and tone).
8.1.25
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  1. Using Eudora Welty's The Ponder Heart to illustrate verbal and situational irony A lesson plan can be found at this site
  2. Critical Concepts - Verbal Irony
  3. Critical Concepts - Dramatic Irony
Identify instances of bias and stereotyping in print and non print contexts.
8.1.26
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  1. Using Picture Books to Explore Identity, Stereotyping, and Discrimination - Lesson plan with handouts. A lesson plan can be found at this site
  2. Censorship in the Classroom - Lesson plan with handouts A lesson plan can be found at this site
  3. Native Americans - EdSITEment Lesson plan A lesson plan can be found at this site
  4. Holiday Stereotyping - Lesson Plan with handouts A lesson plan can be found at this site
Recognize the effect of stressed and unstressed syllables to aid in identifying the meaning of multiple meaning words.
8.1.27
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  1. Stressed and unstressed syllables - Use these rules to help with base words.
  2. Word emphasis - change meaning of sentence by the stress put on words.
Read a passage and answer questions to show comprehension.
  1. Eighth Grade Reading - Read the introduction and the passage that follows. Then read each question and mark the circle next to the correct answer. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  2. How are They Selling It - students read three advertisements and evaluate the type of persuasive writing being employed This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. Inflation in Russia - read and answer questions This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  4. Looking for the Fine Print - students read advertisements to practice reading critically This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  5. Read a Contract - and answer questions This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  6. Reading Comprehension Quiz - Online quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  7. Reading Comprehension stories - Interactive quizzes online for 5 stories - Each text is followed by a grammar exercise and summary writing exercise. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  8. Reading Exercises - Comprehension, Fill in and Sequencing This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  9. What are They Selling - students critically evaluate six advertisements This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
Identify individual written selections as technical, narrative, persuasive, and/or descriptive in mode.
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  1. Persuasive Writing
  2. The Five Paragraph Essay Wizard - Persuasive Essay and prompts (Note: this free site will occasionally exceed its allocated data transfer)
  3. The Power of Persuasive Writing is a three week communication skills and interdisciplinary middle school Internet project. (a WebQuest)
  4. Which Writing? (6-8) Students choose an appropriate format for writing. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data

Review Help

ISAT
  1. Sample Tests - released sample items from the Illinois State Board of Education An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
Released tests
  1. FCAT Sample Reading Test - [ 2008 ] sample questions and test taking tips An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
    1. FCAT Sample Answer Book - [ 2008 ] An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  2. FCAT Sample Writing Test - [ 2008 ] sample questions and test taking tips An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
    1. FCAT Sample Answer Book - [ 2008 ] An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  3. Texas end-of-year reading test from 2003 This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
Testing Reviews
  1. Grade Eight English Questions - Nine weekly sheets to print and distribute (read selections and answer questions) This link includes something for the teacher to print
  2. Eight Grade Reading Test - Online quiz that covers most areas of Standardized testing. Click on Return to Program to begin test. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  3. Reading Comprehension stories - Interactive quizzes online for 5 stories - Each text is followed by a grammar exercise and summary writing exercise. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
Online Reading Skills Practice
  1. Online Lessons - Cloze exercises, speed reading and more
  2. Online Practice for Reading - Many choices of text selections - Choose specific activity from the frame on the left to practice skills.
  3. Cloze Tests Exercises - Scroll to find Cloze tests in the list of Tests and Exercises.
  4. Cloze Test: (Reading test - Proficiency level) - Students are to complete the text with one word in each gap. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  5. Cloze Test: (Exploration - Why in the World?) - Students are to complete the text with one word in each gap. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  6. Cloze Test: (Juliet) - longing for Romeo to arrive - Act III, Scene 2. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  7. Cloze Test: (The Chink) - A long (and fairly difficult) cloze exercise about the experiences of a young man of Japanese extraction during World War Two. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons site for teachers | A PowerPoint show related to this standard PowerPoint show | An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format Acrobat document | A Microsoft Word document to be downloaded Word document | This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard whiteboard resource | This resource includes voice instructions for students sound | A video is available through this link video format | This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data interactive lesson | This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding a quiz | A lesson plan can be found at this site lesson plan | This link includes something for the teacher to print to print

 

 

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