8th Grade Historical Literacy consists of two 43 minute class periods. Writing is one 43 minute block and reading is another. The teacher has picked themes based on social studies standards, and a read-aloud novel based on social studies serves as the mentor text for writing and reading skills. More social studies content is addressed in reading through teaching nonfiction reading skills and discussion. Standards reflect CCSS ELA, Reading, and Social Studies Standards for History.
This resource offers ELA teachers over 100 exercises to teach a variety of Common Core lessons. The following are included: reading comprehesion, figurative language, genre, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, point of view, text structure, and writing. The exercises have standards attached, and often there is a power point to present the lesson. It is also organized by grade level, making use for teachers extremely efficient.
This web page offers an interactive, game style experience for students to practice various grammar and punctuation skills. Students immediately know if they did the exercise correctly and have a chance to do over if necessary.
This interactive resource allows students to watch instructional videos and practice punctuation skills with a self-check component. The punctuation included are commas, periods, semicolons, colons, quotation marks, exclamation marks, hyphens, and dashes.
At the beginning of each month, students will read and discuss that month's essay from Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac. They will then use the Wisconsin Almanac Siftr to document the seasonal changes in the natural world around them. At the end of each month, students explore the Siftr postings from their peers and identify any patterns they see in data.