English Language Arts Grade 8
Reading: Literature Standard 4
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.
Analyze Literature Critically Using the SIFT Method
This Teaching Channel video lesson shows students using the SIFT method to critically analyze two poems. (4 minutes)
Flip-a-Chip: Examining Affixes and Roots to Build Vocabulary
The Flip-a-Chip activity turns ordinary poker chips into a teaching tool, showing students how different affixes and roots can be joined to make words and then placed into a context-rich paragraph.
Improve Comprehension: A Word Game Using Root Words and Affixes
Many middle school students love friendly competition, and word games can be an ideal context to help them study the meaning, structure, and spelling of words.
Innovative Approaches to Poetry: Pre-Reading Strategies
In this Teaching Channel video students analyze words of a poem before seeing the big picture. (6 minutes)
Internalization of Vocabulary Through the Use of a Word Map
This lesson provides a concrete way for students to learn vocabulary.
Literature Circles: Getting Started
This lesson from ReadWriteThink explores Literature Circles, a great way to supplement a reading program in a literature-based classroom. Students create and answer comprehension questions, discover new vocabulary, and examine elements of literature.
Poems that Tell a Story
In this lesson, students read, discuss, and analyze selected poems by Robert Frost. The activities that make up this lesson encourage students to draw inferences about a poem's speaker based on evidence contained within the poem and to gather evidence supporting those inferences. From this page, teachers can access all materials needed to complete the lesson.
Reading Comprehension Connection
Students: Interactive text comprehension includes sentences, reading for understanding and reading strategy. NOTE: This website is specifically focused on ESL students.
The Reading Performance
This lesson from ReadWritethink presents an adaptation of the oral recitation lesson: students talk in explicit terms about prosody and gain a new appreciation for written literature intended for oral performance. Technology activities are integrated to instill the value of technology in shaping students' life-long appreciation of literature.
You Can't Spell the Word Prefix Without a Prefix
Students learn in a cooperative setting to identify, define, and construct words with prefixes.
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