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Resources for Grades 7 - 8


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Lesson Plans

 

Finding Figurative Language in The Phantom Tollbooth

Students examine figurative language in The Phantom Tollbooth and create a chart representing the literal and figurative meanings of words and phrases.

 

Student Interactives

 

Flip-a-Chip

Flip-a-Chip

The Flip-a-Chip activity provides hands-on practice with affixes and roots, and also promotes comprehension through structural analysis and vocabulary in context.

 

 

Press Conference for Bud, Not Buddy

Students read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, demonstrate comprehension of the story by involving themselves in discussions, and analyze the characters in preparation for a class "press conference."

 

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 
 

 

Alliteration in Headline Poems

Students will be introduced to the term alliteration and create a headline poem consisting of 25 words that contain at least three examples of alliteration.

 

 

Trading Card Creator

Trading Card Creator

This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a variety of topics such as a character in a book, a person or place from history, or even a physical object. An excellent tool to for summarizing or as a prewriting exercise for original stories.

 
 

 

What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles

Students explore figurative language in poetry by reading and writing riddle poems.

 

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Bringing Grammar to Life

Bringing Grammar to Life

Seamlessly integrate grammar instruction into your entire language arts curriculum.

 

Grammar Alive!: A Guide for Teachers

Grammar Alive!: A Guide for Teachers

NCTE's Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar provides this much-needed resource for teachers who wonder what to do about grammar—how to teach it, how to apply it, how to learn what they themselves were never taught.

 

 

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Jennifer Smith

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Jennifer Smith | 8th grade science, grammar, literature teacher | Monticello, IL

Last year I had the opportunity to coteach an eighth-grade language arts/literature class with a special education teacher in my building