Eighth Grade

English Language Arts

Highlighted Resources

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Free to click Library and browse by Grade Level to view hundreds of short stories with guiding questions for teacher or parent to help support the reading. Companion videos go deeper into the topic.

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Youngzine is updated weekly with news articles aimed at upper elementary through high school students. Provides current news and events shaping our world -- in a simple, engaging and interactive manner.

Lessons and skill builders

Daily activities with accompanying articles to read and explore in order to discover the mysteries around us.

Classroom resources and videos to support reading and writing at every grade level.

Building Deeper Readers and Writers

Kelly Gallagher shares with you a variety of handouts and instructional aids that he developed to support his strategies for teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Student News Daily covers world events, editorials, editorial cartoons, news quizzes, examples of media bias, and more

Additional Resources

Poetry Foundation

Poetry foundation celebrates the best of poetry with digital literacy, related audio, and learning resources.


TED's award-winning youth and education arm whose mission is to share and spread ideas to teachers and students. Massive collection of video based lessons organized by subject. Video has features to respond to questions and dig deeper and explore ideas

Scholastic YouTube

YouTube Channel where you can explore Book Trailers and listen to authors share their motivation for writing.

Screen-Free Time

An Initiative of Project Zero out of Harvard School of Education.

Students can slowly explore their day with these suggested questions meant to reflect and draw a connection to human stories.

Classroom Cereal

Printable short stories that allow students to practice finding grammatical errors and responding to comprehension questions.

Achieve the Core

Printable lessons designed with the ELA shifts in mind, by grade level and topic of reading interest.


One click away from a printable 8th grade pack of ten lessons with answer key.

Read Each Day Challenge

Helpful daily reading discussions with supporting questions

2 Blackout Poetry.pdf

Blackout Poetry

With one piece of text, create and illustrate a Blackout poem, paying close attention to specific word choice.

3 (A)Creating New Color Words.pdf

Create New Color Words

Stretch ordinary words into imaginative description. Create a word bank of new words to add sensory detail to any writing.

Say Mean Matter Graphic Organizer

Say, Mean, Matter

Graphic Organizer of three key questions a parent or teacher can ask a child who is reading any text.

Listen Notes

Fantastic screen-free podcast series that is age-appropriate and cool enough for older students.

Daily Illustrating

Draw everyday with New York Times best selling author/illustrator!

Authors Everywhere

Children's book writers and illustrators come together on these videos to bring you read alouds, writing workshops, exercises, writing games, art demos, and more!

J. K. Rowling Grants Open License

Teachers anywhere in the world are permitted to post videos of themselves reading from Harry Potter books 1-7 onto schools’ secure networks or closed educational platforms from today until the end of the school year.

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