Eighth Grade Curriculum Internet Resources
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0801.1.1 Parts of Speech- Know and use appropriately the meaning, forms, and functions of nouns
  • Nouns (e.g., predicate nouns, appositives)
Grammar Rock Nouns
What is a Noun?
Power Proofreading
Parts of Speech 1
Grammar Gorillas
What Kind of Noun?
Pick the Part of Speech
Create A Story
Parts of Speech
Review; Parts of Speech
Noun Dunk
Plural and Possessive Nouns
Noun Explorer
Part of Speech
School Rules
Once Upon a Mad Libs Junior
Prehistoric Mad Libs Junior
Alphabet Mad Libs Junior
Noun Counting Online
Word Sort
Fun Quiz
A Pronoun Takes The Place Of A Noun
Wacky Web Tales
Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, and Verbs
  • Pronouns (e.g., use fo proper pronoun case:objective, nominative, and possessive; pronoun-antecedent agreement)
Grammar Rock Pronouns
What is a Pronoun?
Power Proofreading
Pronoun Antecedent Agreement
Agreement: Pronoun Antecedent
Pronoun - Antecedent Agreement
Pronoun Case
Pronoun Case
Parts of Speech 1
Grammar Gorillas
Pick the Part of Speech
Create A Story
Review; Parts of Speech
Fun Quiz
A Pronoun Takes The Place Of A Noun
Wacky Web Tales
Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, and Verbs







  • Verbs (e.g., agree with the subject in person and number, verbs that take objects, linking verbs with predicate nouns and adjectives, verb phrases, consistency in verb tense, regular and irregular verb forms, correct use of both simple and perfect tenses, proper use of active and passive voice, subjunctive mood)
What is a Verb?
Power Proofreading
Subject Verb Agreement
Grammar Rock Verb
Verb Classification Quiz
Subject-Verb Agreement
Copycat Game 1
Making Subjects and Verbs Agree
Subject-Verb Agreement
Agreement: Subject-Verb
Identifying Transitive Verbs
Transitive Verbs and Linking Verbs
Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
Transitive, Intransitive and Linking Verbs
Transitive/Intransitive Verb Quiz
Interactive Verb Quiz
Verb Tenses
Parts of Speech 1
Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement
Subject Verb Agreement
There is or There are? 1
Tag Questions 1
Grammar Gorillas
Pick the Part of Speech
Create A Story
Parts of Speech
Review; Parts of Speech
Verbs in Space
Part of Speech
Blast The Rocket
Floppy and the Puppies
School Rules
Once Upon a Mad Libs Junior
Prehistoric Mad Libs Junior
Alphabet Mad Libs Junior
Verb Power
2 Bee or Nottobee
Word Sort
Fun Quiz
Wacky Web Tales
Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, and Verbs







  • Adjectives (e.g., correct comparative and superlative forms, predicate adjectives, adjective phrases and clauses)
Adjective or Adverb: Exercise 1
What is an Adjective?
Adjectives or Adverb: Exercise 2
Power Proofreading
Comparative and Superlative 3
Grammar Rock Adjective
Parts of Speech 1
Grammar Gorillas
Pick the Part of Speech
Create A Story
Parts of Speech
Review; Parts of Speech
Adjective Adventure
Part of Speech
All About Adjectives
Adjective Detective
Adjective Game
Choosing Adjectives
School Rules
Once Upon a Mad Libs Junior
Prehistoric Mad Libs Junior
Alphabet Mad Libs Junior
Word Sort
Fun Quiz
An Adverb Modifies An Adjective
Wacky Web Tales
Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, and Verbs





  • Adverbs (e.g., correct comparative and superlative forms, adverb phrases and clauses, conjunctive adverbs)
Adjective or Adverb: Exercise 1
What is an Adverb?
Adjectives or Adverb: Exercise 2
Power Proofreading
Grammar Rock Adverb
Parts of Speech 1
Grammar Gorillas
Pick the Part of Speech
Create A Story
Review; Parts of Speech
Using Adverbs
Fun Quiz
An Adverb Modifies An Adjective
Wacky Web Tales


  • Conjunctions (e.g., coordinating, correlative, and subordinating conjunctions to combine sentences and sentence elements)
What is a Conjunction?
Conjunctions
Conjunctions
Conjunctions 1
Conjunctions 2
Sentence- Combining Skills
Repairing Run-on Sentences
Conjunctions and Interjections
Grammar Rock Conjunction Junction
Parts of Speech 1
Grammar Gorillas
Pick the Part of Speech
Create A Story
Review; Parts of Speech
Fun Quiz
Wacky Web Tales
  • Interjections
What is an Interjection?
Interjections
Interjections
What are interjections?
Conjunctions and Interjections
Interjections
Interjections
Interjections
Schoolhouse Rock "Interjection!"
Parts of Speech 1
Grammar Gorillas
Pick the Part of Speech
Create A Story
Review; Parts of Speech
Fun Quiz
Wacky Web Tales
  • Prepositions (e.g., recognize them as adjective or adverb modifiers and place within the sentence)
What is a Preposition?
Power Proofreading
Grammar Rock Preposition
Parts of Speech 1
Grammar Gorillas
Pick the Part of Speech
Create A Story
Review; Parts of Speech
Fun Quiz
Wacky Web Tales







0801.1.2 Usage Errors- Recognize and correct usage errors:
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
Subject Verb Agreement
Subject Verb Agreement 2
Self Test - Subject Verb Agreement
Making Subjects and Verbs Agree
Making Subjects and Verbs Agree: Exercise
Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement
A Second Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement
Third Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement
Subject-Verb Agreement Quiz
Subject-Verb Agreement
Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement
A Second Quiz on Subject/Verb Agreement
Third Quiz on Subject Verb Agreement
Subject Verb Agreement
Subject Verb Agreement
Agreement: Subject Verb
Subject Verb Agreement
Subject-Verb Agreement
There is or There are





  • Pronoun Case (with emphasis on who/whom)
Pronoun Case
Choosing The Correct Pronoun Case
Choosing The Correct Pronoun Case
Pronoun Case: Practice 1
Pronoun Case Practice
Pronoun Case


  • Double Negatives
Double Negative Quiz
Double Negative Worksheets
Double Negatives
Pendemonium: Star Words: Apostrophes and Double Negatives
Double Negatives



  • Comparative and Superlative Forms
Adjective Detective
Comparative Adjectives
Superlatives





  • Troublesome Word Pairs (to/too/two, their/there/they're, it's/its, sit/set, lie/lay, affect/effect, may/can, leave/let, teach/learn, accept/except, capitol/capital, principle/principal, between/among, rise/raise, stationary/stationery, where/were, which/that/who)
Raise or Rise?
Raise vs. Rise
The Notorious Confusibles
Notorious Confusable: Second Quiz
Notorious Confusables: Third Quiz
Notorious Confusables: Fourth Quiz
Notorious Confusables: Fifth Quiz
Quiz on Forms of Who
Sit or Set Quiz
Past Tenses of Sit/Set and Lay/Lie







0801.1.3 Capitalization- Use capitalization correctly (e.g., titles, business letters, quotations, proper nouns and adjectives).
Capital Letters
Exercise in Capitalization
Capitalization Quiz
Capitalization Quiz
Capitalization
Capitalization and End Punctuation in Sentencs
Capitalization
Capitalization Quiz
Capitalization and Punctuation Practice Quiz 1
Capital Letters
Capitalization Worksheet 1
Capitalization and Punctuation Worksheet 2
Capitalization and Punctuation Worksheet 3
Exercise in Capitalization
Quiz: Using Correct Capitalization and Punctuation
Magical Capitals
A Little Help With Capitals
Dewi the Dragon







0801.1.4 Punctuation Marks- Demonstrate the correct use of :
  • Commas (e.g., after introductory words, phrases or clauses; setting off appositives and interrupters; before coordinating conjunction joining independent clauses to form compound sentences)
Commas vs. Semicolons in Compound Sentences
Using Commas: Exercise 1
Using Commas: Exercise 2
Using Commas: Exercise 3
Using Commas: Exercise 4
Using Commas: Exercise 5
Power Proofreading
Quiz on Commas Usage
Using Commas
Proofreading for Commas
Review: the Comma
Comma Chameleon
Going To Work With Commas
Punctuation
Punctuation
Rules of Punctuation
  • Colons (e.g., in business letter, before a list of items in a series, before a long or formal quotation)
Colon
Semicolons and Colons Quiz
Using Colons Effectively
Quotation Marks and Colons
Punctuation
Punctuation
Rules of Punctuation

  • Semicolons (e.g., combining sentences between items in a series when the items already contain commas, before conjunctive adverbs)
Commas vs. Semicolons in Compound Sentences
Semicolon
Power Proofreading
Semicolons in Compound Sentences
Semicolons and Colons Quiz
Punctuation
Rules of Punctuation

  • Underlining and italicizing (e.g., titles; certain words, letters, figures, foreign words)








  • Quotation Marks (e.g., with direct quotations, to set off dialogue, in titles, correct use with end marks)
Quiz on Using Quotation Marks
Quotation Marks and Colons
Quotation Marks: Exercise 1
Quotation Marks
The Gallery of "Misused" Quotation Marks
Quotation Marks
Single Quotation Marks
Quotation Marks worksheet 1
Using Quotation Marks Worksheet 1
Using Quotation Marks Worksheet 2
Quotation Marks and Paragraph Breaks
Using Quotation Marks Worksheet 4
Quotation Marks Worksheet 1
Quotation Marks Worksheet 1
Punctuation
Punctuation
Rules of Punctuation







  • Apostrophes (e.g., to form both singular and plural possessives)
Power Proofreading
Punctuation
Pendemonium: Star Words: Apostrophes and Double Negatives
Rules of Punctuation




  • Hyphens
Punctuation







  • End Marks
Punctuation
Punctuation
Rules of Punctuation
Dewi the Dragon
Sentence Clubhouse



0801.1.5 Spell- Spell correctly high-frequency, misspelled words (appropriate to grade level), and words commonly used in content specific vocabulary.
Look Cover Write and Check
The Most Often Misspelled Words in English
Spelling Practice
Interactive Spelling Bee
Spelling Bee The Game
Spelling: EI/IE Rules, Exercise 1
Spelling: EI/IE Rules, Exercise 2
Spelling Exercises for -ible or -able
Spelling Practice
Most Commonly Misspelled Words
Spelling Wizard
Spelling List for Advanced Students
Easily Confused Words
The Trouble With Spell Checkers
Word Builder
Spelling List for Grade 8








0801.1.6 Sentence Structure- Demonstrate knowledge of correct sentence structure by correcting run-on sentences (e.g., using correct punctuation, forming separate sentences, using coordinating or subordinating clauses) and sentence fragments (e.g., supplying the missing sentence elements).
Run-On Sentences
This is the Test
Avoiding Comma Splices
Avoiding Comma Splices
Correcting Run-on Sentences
Correcting Run-on Sentences
Run-on Sentences: Summary of Solutions
Run-on Sentences: Correcting Run-on Sentences
Repairing Run-on Sentences
Fragments and Run-ons
Sentence Fragments
Run-on Sentences, Comma Splices
Sentence Fragments
Identifying Sentence Problems
Fragments Exercise 1
Fragments Exercise 2
Fragments Exercise 3
Fragments Exercise 4
Fragments Exercise 5
Comma Splices and Fused Sentences Exercise 1
Comma Splices and Fused Sentences Exercise 2
Comma Splices and Fused Sentences Exercise 3
Comma Splices and Fused Sentences Exercise 3
Comma Splices and Fused Sentences Exercise 3
Revising Sentence Fragments
Sentence Fragments
Repairing Sentence Fragments
Connecting Writing With Grammar




0801.1.7 Clauses and Phrases- Distinguish between clauses (adjective, adverb, noun) and phrases (adjective, adverb, appositive, prepositional, verb, verbal (including gerunds and participles).
Appositives
Appositives
Appositives
Phrases Quiz 2
Be Positive About Appositives
The Garden of Phrases
Recognizing the Function of Phrases
Infinitives
Appositives
Phrase Practice Exercise
Power Proofreading
Appositives: Restrictive and Non-Restrictive
Phrases of Clauses



0801.1.8 Clauses- Differentiate between independent and subordinate clauses.
The Clause
Clauses
Clauses: The Essential Building Blocks
The Function of Clauses
Identifying Clauses
Identifying Independent Clauses
Independent Clauses II
Identifying Independent and Dependent Clauses
Identifying Independent and Dependent Clauses
Identifying Independent Clauses and Independent Clauses
Independent and Subordinate Clauses
Kinds of Clauses
Main and Subordinate Clauses
Kinds of Sentences and Their Punctuation
Sentence Speedway

0801.1.9 Sentence Structure- Recognize and differentiate among simple, compound, and complex sentences.
Compound and Complex Sentences
Identifying Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences
Compound/Complex Sentences
Putting Sentences Together
Putting Sentences Together Worksheets
Quiz on Sentence Types
Review: Sentence Structure
Sentence Sort
Sentences: Simple, Compound, Complex
Simple, Compound, Complex
Types of Sentences: Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound Complex
Simple and Compound Sentences
Identifying Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences
Sentence Combining
Putting Sentences Together Tutor Notes
Sentence Combining Relay
Kinds of Sentences and Their Punctuation

Connecting Writing With Grammar
Simple and Compound Sentences






0801.1.10
Use Reference Sources - Use printed and electronic dictionaries, thesauruses, and glossaries to determine the pronunciation, spelling, and part of speech of words; to clarify meaning and improve understanding of words (including connotation and denotation); and to distinguish among contextually appropriate synonyms and definitions.
0801.1.11
Synonyms, Antonyms, and Homonyms - Define and recognize word synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms.
0801.1.12
Latin and Greek Roots - Identify and define English words derived from Latin and Greek words that form common roots (e.g., audio, auto, malus) and recognize English words that are based on them (e.g., audible, autobiography, malice).
0801.1.13
Roots and Affixes - Use roots and affixes to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words, to clarify the meaning of familiar words, and to make connections with word families (e.g., suffixes such as -phobia and -ology).
0801.1.14
Multi-Meaning Words - Continue to use previously learned strategies to distinguish among multi-meaning words and to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.
0801.1.15
Textual Structure - Use textual structure (e.g., examples of cause-effect and compare-contrast relationships) to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words or distinguish multi-meaning words in more challenging texts about concrete and abstract topics (e.g., After the harvest, we had an abundance of apples, and so we made apple pie, apple sauce, and apple juice).
0801.1.16
Cultural and Regional - Recognize and appreciate cultural and regional differences signaled by word usage and vocabulary.
0801.1.17
Understand Foreign Phrases - Demonstrate understanding of common phrases and terms from other languages commonly used in English (e.g., RSVP, déjà vu, faux pas, du jour, bon voyage, alma mater, cum laude, femme fatale, esprit de corps, verbatim).

State Performance Indicators

SPI 0801.1.1
Nouns and Pronouns - Identify the correct use of nouns (i.e., common/proper, singular/plural, possessives, direct/indirect objects, predicate nouns) and pronouns (i.e., reflexive, interrogative, demonstrative) within context.
SPI 0801.1.2
Verbs - Identify the correct use of verbs (i.e., action/linking, regular/irregular, agreement, perfect tenses, verb phrases) within context.
SPI 0801.1.3
Adjectives and Adverbs - Identify the correct use of adjectives (i.e., common/proper, comparative/superlative, adjective clauses) and adverbs (i.e., comparative/superlative) within context.
SPI 0801.1.4
Conjunctions and Interjections - Identify the correct use of conjunctions (i.e., coordinating, correlative, subordinating) and interjections within context.
SPI 0801.1.5
Prepositions - Identify the correct placement of prepositions and prepositional phrases within context.
SPI 0801.1.6
Commas - Identify the correct use of commas (i.e., compound sentences, coordinating conjunctions, introductory words, appositives, interrupters) within context.
SPI 0801.1.7
Sentence Combining - Identify within context a variety of appropriate sentence-combining techniques (i.e., comma + coordinating conjunction, use of semicolon, introductory phrases or clauses).
SPI 0801.1.8
Run-On Sentences - Select the most appropriate method to correct a run-on sentence (i.e., conjunctions, semicolons, periods to join or separate elements).
SPI 0801.1.9
Gerund and Participial Phrases - Identify the appropriate use of gerund and participial phrases.
SPI 0801.1.10
Appositives and Infinitives - Identify the correct use of appositives/appositive phrases and infinitive/infinitive phrases within context.
SPI 0801.1.11
Personal Pronouns - Select the correct pronoun-antecedent agreement for personal pronouns within context.
SPI 0801.1.12
Spelling - Identify correctly or incorrectly spelled words in context
SPI 0801.1.13
Apostrophes - Form singular and plural possessive using apostrophes correctly.
SPI 0801.1.14
Recognize Usage Errors - Recognize usage errors occurring within context (i.e., subject-verb agreement, pronoun case, double negatives, comparative/superlative forms, troublesome word pairs: {to/too/two, their/there/they’re, its/it’s, sit/set, lie/lay, affect/effect, may/can, leave/let, teach/learn, accept/except, capitol/capital, principle/principal, between/among, rise/raise, stationary/stationery, where/were, which/that/who})within context.
SPI 0801.1.15
Underlining or Italicizing - Select the appropriate use of underlining/italicizing with titles, specific words, numbers, letters, and figures.
SPI 0801.1.16
Unfamiliar Words - Use context clues and/or knowledge of roots and affixes to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.
SPI 0801.1.17
Synonym or Antonym - Choose the correct meaning/usage of a multi-meaning word by replacing the word in context with an appropriate synonym or antonym.
SPI 0801.1.18
Stressed or Unstressed Syllable - Recognize the effect of stressed or unstressed syllable to aid in identifying the meaning of multiple meaning words.
SPI 0801.1.19
Vocabulary - Recognize and use grade appropriate and/or content specific vocabulary.
SPI 0801.1.20
Foreign Phrases - Identify commonly used foreign words and phrases (i.e., RSVP, déjà vu, faux pas, du jour, bon voyage, alma mater, cum laude, femme fatale, esprit de corps, verbatim).
Review Help
Resources to help review Eighth Grade English Language Arts standards


Research
Alexandria Researcher (Quia)
Bibliomania
OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab
Citation Machine
Summarizing (Quia)
Dictionary vs. Thesaurus (Quia)
Reference Resources (Quia)


Atlas
World Atlas
World Book

Grammar
Interactive Quizzes
Practice With Prefixes
Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement (Grammar)
Self Test/Agreement of Pronouns and Antecedents


Reading
Making a Long Story Short

Main Idea
What's the Big Idea? (Harcourt School)


Poetry
Giggle Poetry

Writing
Persuasion Map (Read Write Think)



Figurative Language (Kids Konnect)
Language Arts Lesson (Grade 7-8) (eTap)
What Can You Infer? (Quia)
Part of Speech (Quia)
Grade 8/Reading-Language Arts (IQ)
Grade 7/Reading (IQ)
Grade 6/Reading (IQ)
High School/Reading (IQ)