Grades 7-8 ELA Online Resources

 

Grades 7-8 ELA Online Resources

 

General Reading/Writing/Grammar Resources:

Khan Academy Reading/Writing Practice

Khan Academy Grammar Practice

Purdue OWL: The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.
Grammar Bytes: Grammar Instruction With Attitude 
 
Florida Standards Assessments: test info, practice tests, and more.
Florida teacher James Mulhern’s FSA information/resources site

STANDARDS-BASED TUTORIALS FROM FLORIDASTUDENTS.ORG

7th grade FLDOE  ELA standards-based tutorials:

Tutorial 1

Learn to identify and understand the evidence presented within a text. Using the story of Sacagawea, you will learn to analyze information within a text, and identify and cite textual evidence. You will also be able to make inferences based on the information provided in the text. (LAFS.7.RI.1.1)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/132144

Tutorial 2

Learn how to use commas to connect two sentences, how to use commas with coordinate adjectives, and how to use the Oxford comma.  In this interactive tutorial, you will complete practice exercises and read several short passages about primates, including gorillas and baboons. (LAFS.7.L.1.2)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/156858

Tutorial 3

Improve your writing by identifying language that is too wordy or repetitive. Learn how to replace wordy sentences with more clear, concise language.(LAFS.7.L.2.3)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/131395

Tutorial 4

In this basketball-themed interactive tutorial, you'll learn what separates clauses from sentences, and you'll learn about four different sentence types: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex.  Game on! (LAFS.7.L.1.1)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/126646

Tutorial 5

In this interactive tutorial, you'll read the famous poem "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" and see how its author embellishes historical fact to create historical fiction.  (LAFS.7.RL.3.9)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/126729

Tutorial 6

In this interactive tutorial, you'll read an original short story about a car crash to analyze the points of view of the different characters in the story: are they objective or subjective?  (LAFS.7.RL.2.6)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/122693

Tutorial 7

In this interactive tutorial, you'll read an excerpt from the famous autobiography The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and analyze the interactions between individuals, ideas, and events in the text.  (LAFS.7.RI.1.3, LAFS.7.RI.4.10)

Tutorial 8

This interactive tutorial will help you find the meanings of unfamiliar words by analyzing their word parts, like roots and prefixes.  You'll see how these "signs" will guide you in your reading.  (LAFS.7.L.3.4)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/122062

Tutorial 9

In this interactive tutorial, you'll read several short stories about pirates and treasure in order to learn how to summarize a story, identify its theme, and tell the difference between the two. (LAFS.7.RL.1.2)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/119039

Tutorial 10

In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn how to identify sound devices such as repetition, alliteration, and assonance in the poems of Edgar Allan Poe.  "The Raven," "The Bells," and "Annabel Lee" are just some of the POEms you'll read.  (LAFS.7.RL.2.4, LAFS.7.RL.4.10)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/121844

Tutorial 11

In this interactive tutorial, you'll read the short story "The Last Leaf" by O. Henry to learn how to make inferences based on explicit and implicit information and your own reasoning. (LAFS.7.RL.1.1, LAFS.7.RL.4.10)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/120426

Tutorial 12

In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn how figures of speech like simile, metaphor, and personification are used in the speeches of famous individuals like John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  (LAFS.7.RI.2.4, LAFS.7.L.3.5)

Tutorial 13

In this tutorial, you will learn how to identify a speaker’s argument or claim.  You will also learn how to evaluate the evidence and reasoning presented in a speech.   (LAFS.7.SL.1.3, LAFS.7.RI.3.8)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/118924

Tutorial 14

This tutorial is all about writing a strong introduction for an argumentative essay.  When you master argumentative writing, you can convince your reader to believe whatever you want them to believe! By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to identify and write strong argumentative claims. You’ll practice brainstorming and selecting the evidence that best supports an argumentative claim. You’ll learn how to identify and write great grabbers to hook your reader’s attention and make them want to read your writing, And finally, you’ll write a complete introduction using all that you’ll learn. (LAFS.7.W.1.1a, LAFS.7.W.1.1b)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/119090

 

 

8th grade FLDOE  ELA standards-based tutorials:

Tutorial 1

Learn about puns, a type of figurative language. Using a science fiction short story called "The Eyes Have It" you will practice identifying puns and interpreting their various meanings. You will also explain how the author’s use of puns adds humor to the story. (LAFS.8.L.3.5)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/163231

Tutorial 2

In this interactive tutorial, you'll read about dinosaurs like Spinosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex in order to learn about the text structures of different paragraphs you'll read and write.   (LAFS.8.RI.2.5)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/122148

 

Tutorial 3

In this interactive tutorial, you'll explore foreshadowing and theme through the suspenseful story The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs. (LAFS.8.RL.1.2, LAFS.8.RL.4.10)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/124734

Tutorial 4

In this interactive tutorial, you'll be a VSI detective investigating the case of a jewel theft!  You'll help solve the case by learning how to figure out the meanings of "mystery words" using several different vocabulary strategies. (LAFS.8.L.3.4)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/126747

Tutorial 5

In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn how to evaluate the soundness of several speakers' arguments as they debate whether or not the driving age should be raised from 16 years old to 18 or even higher! (LAFS.8.RI.3.8, LAFS.8.SL.1.3)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/125871

Tutorial 6

In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn the difference between metaphors and similes and unpack the meanings of several extended metaphors in poems like Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken." (LAFS.8.RL.2.4)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/122881

Tutorial 7

In this interactive tutorial, you'll take a "punctuation vacation" to learn how commas, dashes, and ellipses can be used to indicate breaks or pauses in your writing.  (LAFS.8.L.1.2)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/122904

Tutorial 8

In this interactive tutorial, you'll make connections between the key individuals in an informational text about concussions and high school football.  (LAFS.8.RI.1.3)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/121321

Tutorial 9

In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn how to find the central ideas of informational texts that are all about train travel! "Ride the rails" and learn about topics, central ideas, supporting details, and summaries. (LAFS.8.RI.1.2)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/119110

Tutorial 10

In this interactive tutorial, you'll read Jack London's short story "To Build a Fire" and gain experience using text evidence in your descriptive writing.   (LAFS.8.W.1.2, LAFS.8.RL.4.10)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/118954

Tutorial 11

This interactive tutorial for 8th grade students teaches you about text evidence using excerpts from Carl Hiaasen's novel Hoot.  You'll learn how to find explicit and implicit information in the story, as well as how to make inferences.  (LAFS.8.RL.1.1)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/119146

Tutorial 12

This interactive tutorial will teach you about the different kinds of structure a story can have.  From linear and nonlinear structures to open and closed endings, you'll learn how authors use story structure to bring style to their storytelling.   (LAFS.8.RL.2.5)

http://www.floridastudents.org/PreviewResource/StudentResource/121162