North Clackamas Schools

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Eighth Grade Writing


Expository

Compare and Contrast Guide - Learn how to organize and write an expository paper that includes comparing and contrasting.
Compare & Contrast Essay Planning Tool - Use this tool to help you plan a compare & contrast essay and learn more about this type of writing
News Writing with Scholastic Editors - Explore the genre of news writing through this step-by-step workshop presented by editors of Scholastic News. Write your own feature story and publish it for others to read. You can also read articles written by other students like you.
Write It: Journalism Workshop - Develop your craft by working through the writing process step-by-step, from brainstorming to publishing online. You can also enter an interactive Master Class with fellow students and professional authors. Includes teacher resources for each workshop. Somewhat advanced level.
Research Starters by Scholastic - Explore a variety of topics perfect for social studies and science research projects. Find ideas to get you thinking, articles on your topic, and tips for writing your research paper. Also has link to step-by-step research writing workshop.
Expository Essay Map - Use this graphic organizer to help you plan an expository essay. Read the introduction, then click on the interactive tool link.


General

Writing Skills Practice - Explore a variety of writing modes and get help with editing, grammar, and punctuation
Scholastic Online Activities - Explore a variety of interactive and practical activities to help strengthen your reading and writing skills.
Write It Workshops by Scholastic - Explore a variety of writing modes at this well-organized site by Scholastic. Workshops and examples are challenging for students, and teachers will find resources for teaching each genre.
OSLIS for Secondary Students - Oregon State Library Information System: Access databases with thousands of articles and media related to your specific research topic. Guides you through the research process and siting your sources with Citation Maker.
Kids Can Publish - Learn how you can publish your writing.



Grammar & Conventions

Grammar Terms & Examples - Learn parts of speech and punctuation rules and see examples of how to apply them to your writing
Grammar Exercises - Test your knowledge of common grammar and punctuation rules with interactive exercises
Capitalization Rules - Learn rules for capitalizing words in English and test your knowledge after each lesson
Contraction Rules - Learn how to put two words together to form contractions then test your new knowledge
Possessive Nouns - Learn how to use apostrophes to show possession then test your new knowledge
Wacky Web Tales - Practice using parts of speech to create wacky stories
Parts of Speech Help - Learn definitions for noun, adjective, verb, adverb, and exclamations!
Parts of a Sentence - Learn the different parts of a sentence and how to apply this knowledge to your own writing.
Edit Dan's Copy - Help reporter Dan edit his news report in this interactive game. Find and correct errors in capitalization, punctuation, and quotation marks. (Requires Flash plug-in.)
Clean Up Your Grammar - Practice sorting words by their part of speech. Do you know the difference between nouns and verbs?




Narrative

Descriptive Writing - Using the writing process, learn how to add and develop vivid details to your fictional and personal narratives.
Character Trading Cards - Create trading cards for characters in a book you've read or a story you plan to write. Use the planning sheet and read "Tips" before clicking on the interactive tool.
Myths, Folktales, and Fairytales - Learn about and write myths, folk and fairy tales on this well-organized, comprehensive site by Scholastic. This page is the starting point for several different links related to reading, writing, researching, and publishing folk tales and myths.
Write It: Short Fiction Workshop - Develop your craft by working through the writing process step-by-step, from brainstorming to publishing online. You can also enter an interactive Master Class with fellow students and professional authors. Includes teacher resources for each workshop. Somewhat advanced level.
Write It: Memoir Workshop - Develop your craft by working through the writing process step-by-step, from brainstorming to publishing online. You can also enter an interactive Master Class with fellow students and professional authors. Includes teacher resources for each workshop. Somewhat advanced level.
Write It: Humor Workshop - Develop your craft by working through the writing process step-by-step, from brainstorming to publishing online. You can also enter an interactive Master Class with fellow students and professional authors. Includes teacher resources for each workshop. Somewhat advanced level.
Organizing and Examples - Examine how a graphic organizer can be used to structure your writing



Organization

Graphic Organizers by Genre - Examine how a graphic organizer can be used to structure your writing. Links to printable organizers with examples for how to use them.
Using Graphic Organizers - Structure your ideas using a variety of graphic organizers.
Paragraphs - Learn how to sequence your sentences to create paragraphs with topics and supporting details.



Persuasion
Organizing Persuasive Writing - Practice organizing your ideas with supportive details and correct sequencing.Write It: Persuasive Essay Workshop - Develop your craft by working through the writing process step-by-step, from brainstorming to publishing online. You can also enter an interactive Master Class with fellow students and professional authors. Includes teacher resources for each workshop. Somewhat advanced level.


Poetry

Acrostic Poem: Write Your Own - Learn what an acrostic poem is and write one yourself
Diamante Poetry - Learn what a Diamante (diamond-shaped) poem is and create one of your own. Great for responding to any subject area topic.
Poetry Writing with Karla Kuskin - Poet Karla Kuskin demonstrates how to use descriptive words to create powerful poems. Follow along with this online workshop in order to write and publish your own poem.
Poetry Idea Engine - Explore different forms of poetry -- haiku, cinquain, free verse, and limerick. Site provides an outline for each form, along with topic and descriptive language ideas to choose from. Good as an introduction. (Requires Flash plug-in.)
Write It: Poetry Workshop - Develop your craft by working through the writing process step-by-step, from brainstorming to publishing online. You can also enter an interactive Master Class with fellow students and professional authors. Includes teacher resources for each workshop. Somewhat advanced level.


Vocabulary

Word Central - Create engaging stories and poetry using the thesaurus and rhyming tools.
Scholastic Word Wizard Dictionary - Learn the meaning of new words with this easy-to-use, learner-friendly dictionary


What should I write about?

Crazy Animal Game - Practice writing with a prompt by using this hilarious game.
Left-Brained Prompts - Practice writing with a prompt using ideas that help you create structure in your writing.
Right-Brained Prompts - Practice writing with a prompt using random sentences as story starters.



Writing Process

Steps in the Writing Process - Review the steps of the writing process as you work on completing your own writing.
Essays and How to Write Them - Review the different parts of an essay, practice the writing process and learn to write an original essay.

Last Modified on August 29, 2009