English Language Arts Grade 8
Writing Standard 4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
Argumentative Writing Standards Rubric
This rubric will help assess first draft argumentative writing projects for 8th Grade English Language Arts.
Choose Your Own Adventure: Hypertext Writing Exp.
This lesson, from ReadWriteThink, combines reading and writing in a collaborative, small-group learning experience. It utilizes technology, specifically Web page design, group and individual work, and student self-assessment. After reading several examples, students will plan their own adventure story. They will be divided into smaller groups for each split in the story until finally the students are writing their own endings. Using Web-authoring software, groups will create their own Web sites with the parts of the story hyperlinked to each other.
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
Paradigm is an interactive online writer's guide. It is intended to be useful for all writers, from inexperienced to advanced.
Shared Spelling Strategies
In this lesson from ReadWriteThink, students increase their spelling accuracy and their retention by "constructing" spelling using sound, sight recall, and analyzing strategies, among others, instead of memorizing lists of words. The aim is to deal with spelling during drafting while preserving fluency.
Writing a Flashback and Flash-Forward Story
Flashbacks and flash-forwards are common devices used in literature and films. In this lesson from ReadWritethink, students are introduced to examples of these devices through the film "The Sandlot" and/or illustrated books. Students are then asked to create a story that contains both flashback and flash-forward.
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