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Eighth Grade Language Arts Standards (Prior)

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8th Grade Elements of Language 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The standards listed below have been replaced by a newer set of standards.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.



Elements of Language

Identify the correct use of the following:

Identify the correct placement of prepositions and prepositional phrases within context.
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  1. Power Proofreading - Choose 8th grade then select; Teen Time , or any one of the mixed practice exercises. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. Recognizing Prepositions - The following paragraph is taken from Ernest Hemingway's short story "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber." Click on the prepositions in the order in which they appear and they will appear in the text-area below the paragraph.
  3. Quiz on Prepositions - For each question, choose the single best answer. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  4. Prepositions at the Crossword I - Type the correct letter in each box. Use the tab key to move from box to box or use your mouse-button to place the letter in each box. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  5. Prepositions at the Crossword II - Type the correct letter in each box. Use the tab key to move from box to box or use your mouse-button to place the letter in each box. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  6. Prepositions at the Crossword III - Type the correct letter in each box. Use the tab key to move from box to box or use your mouse-button to place the letter in each box. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  7. Recognizing the Function of Phrases - When you click on "Start this test," you will be presented with a sentence. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  8. Verb and Preposition Combinations I - a quiz from the English-Zone This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  9. Verb and Preposition Combinations II - a quiz from the English-Zone This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  10. Verb and Preposition Combinations III - a quiz from the English-Zone This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
... nouns (e.g., common/proper, singular/plural, possessives, direct/indirect objects, and predicate nouns)
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  1. Apostrophes with Possessive Nouns - a grammar quiz [ ignore the part about email address ] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  2. Catastrophes of Apostrophic Proportions - a quiz on apostrophes This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  3. Exercises in Plurals and Possessives - place a C by correct items and an I by incorrect items This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  4. Grammar Blast - Choose your grade level and practice grammar skills This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  5. Interactive Grammar Quizzes - many topics covered This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  6. Online Grammar Quizzes - many categories to select from This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  7. Parts of Speech - Noun, Verb, Preposition, etc. Interactive quizzes This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  8. Parts of Speech Quiz -Select correct part of speech This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  9. Plural and Possessive Nouns - By clicking on a bubble, identify whether the highlighted word is a plural or possessive noun and then click on the "Submit Answer" button.
  10. Possessives and Irregular Plurals - 25 items in the quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  11. Possessive Noun Practice - a six question quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  12. Possessive Noun Quiz - a five question quiz [ when asked to enter your name, enter X ] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  13. Possessive Pronouns and Contractions - a ten question quiz [ when asked to enter your name, enter X ] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  14. Possessive Pronouns Used as Adjectives - a ten question quiz [ when asked to enter your name, enter X ] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  15. Power Proofreading - Choose 8th grade then select; Memo to Employees, Dimes for Rhymes, Views from our Viewers , or any one of the mixed practice exercises. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
... verbs (e.g., subject-verb agreement, transitive/intransitive, linking/action, tense consistency, perfect tenses, regular/irregular, voice, and verb phrases)
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  1. Controlling Shifts in Verb Tense - General guideline: Do not shift from one tense to another if the time frame for each action or state is the same.
  2. Power Proofreading - Choose 8th grade then select; E-mail to HME-TV Staff, Sour Sid on Sports, You Solve it, Weather or Not, Animal Alarm , or any one of the mixed practice exercises. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. Parts of Speech - Noun, Verb, Preposition, etc. Interactive quizzes This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  4. Subject/verb agreement - Basic Principle: Singular subjects need singular verbs; plural subjects need plural verbs. Other SV agreement quizzes Quiz 2 | Quiz 3 This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  5. Subject and Verb Agreement from LEO : Literacy Education Online
  6. Subject Verb Agreement Quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  7. There is or there are? This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  8. Tag Questions 1 - Present Tense/To Be Verb/Affirmative This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  9. The CopyCat Game 1 from English-Zone This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  10. Making Subjects and Verbs Agree - Brought to you by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab
  11. Subject-Verb Agreement - from The Writer's Handbook
  12. Subject Verb Agreement from Big Dog's Grammar
  13. Identifying transitive verbs - definition and examples
  14. Transitive verb quiz - quiz for classroom practice
  15. Transitive / Intransitive Verb - Lesson and follow up quiz; second set of lessons and follow up quiz
  16. Transitive and Intransitive verbs - definition and examples
  17. Transitive/Intransitive Quiz - interactive quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  18. Transitive/ Intransitive Quia quiz - This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  19. Transitive / Intransitive - another Quia quiz
  20. Transitive/ Intransitive online quiz - interactive quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  21. Transitive Lesson - Lesson and activity
  22. Verb Classification Quiz - online quiz
  23. The grammar outlaw - Disagreeing Subject and Verb, AKA The Disagreeable Sentence
  24. Practicing past, present & future tenses - Tense Activity 1 | Tense Activity 2 | Tense Activity 3 This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  25. Practicing adverbs, adjectives, nouns, pronouns, verbs - Word Skills 1 | Word Skills 2 | Word Skills 3 This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
... pronouns (e.g., pronoun-antecedent agreement, reflexive, interrogative, demonstrative, pronoun case, and conjunctive adverbs)
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  1. Power Proofreading - Choose 8th grade then select; Word Workout, Eat Your Heart Out, Teen Time , or any one of the mixed practice exercises. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement - LEO: Literacy Education Online
  3. Agreement: pronoun antecedent from Big Dog's Grammar. After reviewing this material take an interactive quiz . This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  4. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement - This tutorial will help you accomplish the following learning objectives: define and understand pronoun agreement, choose pronouns that agree with their antecedents in number, person, and gender and check and apply your skills.
  5. Pronoun Case - The case of some pronouns depends on their function in sentences or clauses. This lesson is followed by an interactive quiz . This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  6. Pronoun Case - Brought to you by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
  7. Practicing adverbs, adjectives, nouns, pronouns, verbs - Word Skills 1 | Word Skills 2 | Word Skills 3 This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
... adjectives (e.g., comparative/superlative, phrases and clauses, predicate adjectives, and common/proper)
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  1. Adjective or Adverb Exercise 1 This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. Adjective or Adverb Exercise 2 This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. Power Proofreading - Choose 8th grade then select; Eye It - Buy It, Kids' Quiz, The Young and the Clueless , or any one of the mixed practice exercises. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  4. Comparative & Superlative Quiz - Click the answer buttons to see the answers. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  5. Practicing adverbs, adjectives, nouns, pronouns, verbs - Word Skills 1 | Word Skills 2 | Word Skills 3 This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
... adverbs (e.g., comparative/superlative, phrases and clauses, and conjunctive adverbs)
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  1. Adjective or Adverb Exercise 1 This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. Adjective or Adverb Exercise 2 This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. Power Proofreading - Choose 8th grade then select; Interviews with Ingrid , or any one of the mixed practice exercises. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  4. Practicing adverbs, adjectives, nouns, pronouns, verbs - Word Skills 1 | Word Skills 2 | Word Skills 3 This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
... conjunctions (e.g., coordinating, correlative, subordinating to combine sentences and elements)
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  1. Conjunctions - Conjunctions are words used as joiners. Different kinds of conjunctions join different kinds of grammatical structures.
  2. Repairing Run-On Sentences This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  3. Avoiding Comma Splices, Fused Sentences, and Run-On's from LEO: Literacy Education Online
  4. Combining Sentences for Variety and Clarity - several methods and examples are given, however this page only combines two sentences.
  5. The Need to Combine Sentences - Sentences have to be combined to avoid the monotony that would surely result if all sentences were brief and of equal length. This lesson is followed by three quizzes . This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
... interjections
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  1. Definition of interjections - explanation
  2. Interjections - list and meanings
  3. Interjection Lesson -
  4. Interjection Worksheet - Worksheet and lesson plan
  5. Interjection Quiz - checks your answers This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  6. Interjection Test - Use as class lesson for understanding This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  7. Interjection Quiz - identify the interjection This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
Select the correct pronoun/antecedent agreement for personal pronouns within context.
8.3.5
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  1. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement - Explanation
  2. Making the pronoun and its antecedent agree - explanation
  3. Pronoun Agreement - 5 interactive quizzes; can also print quizzes This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  4. Pronoun Agreement - tips to help make it easy
  5. Pronoun Agreement Quiz - interactive
  6. Pronoun- Antecedent Quiz - answers checked
  7. Sample Quiz - can be used for class discussion

Recognize usage errors occurring within context

Identify the correct use of commas (e.g., compound sentences, coordinating conjunctions, introductory words, appositives and interrupters) within context.
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  1. Compound sentences - online quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  2. Commas and Colons - online quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  3. Quiz on Comma Usage This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  4. Using Commas: Exercise 1 || Exercise 2 || Exercise 3 || Exercise 4 || Exercise 5 This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  5. Power Proofreading - Choose 8th grade then select; Tacky Travel, RoboChef , or any one of the mixed practice exercises. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  6. Conjunctions - Click on the buttons to find the correct answer This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  7. Conjunctions Quiz I - Click the answer buttons to see the answers. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  8. Conjunctions Quiz II - Combine the sentences using the conjunction given in parentheses. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  9. Conjunction-itis Popup - Find the correct conjunction form to combine two short sentences together into one! ( a Quia quiz ) This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
... subject/verb agreement
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  1. Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement - Select one answer from the choices provided after each sentence. The word you choose should fit the blank in the sentence. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  2. A Second Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement - After each sentence select the verb form that will best fit in the blank. The explanation will describe the process of arriving at the correct choice for that sentence. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  3. Third Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement - Select the appropriate verbs from the drop-down menus to complete each sentence correctly. There are thirty-three "opportunities for error" in these paragraphs. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  4. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons Making Subjects and Verbs Agree: Exercises - a worksheet to print, not interactive
  5. Let's see whether you understand subject-verb agreement . - Read each sentence, enter your response in the space provided, and then press "Submit" to check your answer. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  6. Subject-Verb Agreement Quiz - Select the correct verb form to agree with the subject. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  7. A PowerPoint show related to this standard Subject-Verb Agreement: The Sore Thumb of Grammar
  8. Subject/Verb Agreement - Click the answer button to see the answer. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  9. ESL Subject Verb Agreement Quiz 1 - In the quiz questions , choose the correct verb so that subject and verb agree. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  10. ESL Subject Verb Agreement Quiz 2 - Take this quiz after mastering the quiz questions and their rules in the first This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
... pronoun case
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  1. Pronoun Case Quiz - Fill in the blank; answers are checked This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  2. Pronoun Case Quiz One - drop-down option menus where you must select the appropriate pronoun form; answers are checked This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  3. Pronoun Case Quiz Two - drop-down option menus where you must select the appropriate pronoun form; answers are checked This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  4. Pronoun Case Practice - Print this out or use as whole class activity.
  5. Pronoun Case Practice - interactive quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  6. Pronoun Case Quiz - interactive
... double negatives
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  1. Double Negatives - three progressively hard quizzes.
  2. Double Negatives Worksheets - print these off for your class.
  3. Double Negatives - a quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
... comparative/superlative forms
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  1. Comparative/Superlative Quiz - interactive quiz, scores quiz and checks answers This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  2. Comparative/ Superlative Quiz - choose answer, then select "see the answer" button. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  3. Comparative and Superlative Practice - lesson then practice
... troublesome word groups (were/where, which/that/who, who/whom)
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  1. Quiz on Forms of Who - Select the correct form of the word who or whoever from the choices provided after each sentence. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. Sit or Set Quiz - Complete the sentences using the proper form of "sit" or "set." This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. Past Tenses of Sit/Set and Lay/Lie - What is the correct verb form in each sentence? This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  4. Raise or Rise? - Make a choice by clicking on the radio button, then compare it with the correct answer hidden under the answer button. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  5. Rise/Raise Practice Quiz - from Quia This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  6. Confusing Verbs: Raise / Rise This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  7. The Notorious Confusables - Quiz 1 | Quiz 2 | Quiz 3 | Quiz 4 | Quiz 5 This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
Select the most appropriate method to correct a run-on sentence (e.g., conjunctions, semi-colons, and periods to join or separate elements) within context.
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  1. The sentence, please! - A sentence containing a comma splice will appear in a text-area. Repair the sentence. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  2. Avoiding Comma Splices II - A sentence containing a comma splice will appear in a text-area. Repair the sentence. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  3. Correct run-on sentences - online quiz - separating the independent clauses
  4. Correct run-on sentences - online quiz - adding a comma and a conjunction
  5. Correct run-on sentences - online quiz - embed one clause in each sentence
  6. Correct run-on sentences - online quiz - hanging the word or words in bold to a verbal or a verbal phrase
  7. Repairing Run-On Sentences - After each run-on sentence select the remedy that would best repair that sentence This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  8. Fragments and Run-On's - After each sentence, select the option which best describes that sentence. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  9. Avoiding Comma Splices, Fused Sentences, and Run-On's - Interesting visual effects are used to make the point.
  10. Identify run on sentences - online quiz
  11. A test of the Emergency Grammar System - It is only a test. Actually, it isn't even a test ... and it contains more than grammar. Oh, never mind.... give it a try This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
Identify and use appositives and appositive phrases and infinitives and infinitive phrases.
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  1. Appositive worksheet - combine sentences using appositives This link includes something for the teacher to print
  2. Infinitives - Lesson and quiz
  3. Infinitive or Gerund - online quiz
  4. Introduction to appositives - lesson and exercise
  5. Jeopardy style game on appositives - online interactive game.
  6. Power Proofreading - Choose 8th grade then select; Local News Report , or any one of the mixed practice exercises. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  7. Present: Infinitive and 3rd person singular - online quiz
  8. Quiz - online quiz on appositives.
Select the appropriate use of underlining/italicizing with titles, specific words, numbers, letters, and figures.
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  1. Using Italics and underlining in APA style - brief explanation of appropriate usage.
Recognize the appropriate use of gerund and participial phrases.
8.3.10
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  1. Phrase Practice Exercise - Print out this exercise for student practice. Answers online.
  2. Power Proofreading - Choose 8th grade then select; Pains in the Neck , or any one of the mixed practice exercises. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
Select the correct pronoun/antecedent agreement for personal pronouns within context.
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  1. Agreement of pronouns and antecedents - online quiz
  2. Exercise on Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement Errors - An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print Answer page
  3. Quiz on Pronoun Usage - fill in the blank in the sentence
  4. Quiz on Pronoun Forms - fill in the blank in the sentence
  5. Quiz on Sentence Body Parts - Sentences illustrate problems; students choose correct what the problem represents.

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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