Ready-to-Use Reading Proficiency Lessons & Activities: 8th Grade Level


This volume of Ready-to-Use Reading Proficiency Lessons & Activities gives classroom teachers and reading specialists a dynamic and progressive way to meet curriculum standards and competencies at the eighth-grade level. It provides stimulating and effective ways to help students master basic reading and language content, and prepare to demonstrate their knowledge at the appropriate level.

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This volume of Ready-to-Use Reading Proficiency Lessons & Activities gives classroom teachers and reading specialists a dynamic and progressive way to meet curriculum standards and competencies at the eighth-grade level. It provides stimulating and effective ways to help students master basic reading and language content, and prepare to demonstrate their knowledge at the appropriate level.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130424464
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/20/2002
  • Series: J-B Ed: Test Prep Series, #24
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.19 (w) x 10.81 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Robert Muschla (B.A. and M.A.T., Trenton State College) taught reading and writing for over 20 years at Appleby School in Spotswood, New Jersey. He is the author of several practical resources for teachers, including The Writing Teacher s Book of Lists (1992), and Writing Workshop Survival Kit (1993), English Teacher s Great Books Activities Kit (1994) and Reading Workshop Survival Kit (1997), all published by the Center for Applied Research in Education.

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Table of Contents

About Reading and Language Arts Instruction vi
How to Use This Resource vii
Section 1 Analogies 1
Teaching Suggestions for the Worksheets 2
Answer Key for Section 1 4
Study Sheet 1-A Strategies for Solving Analogies 6
Study Sheet 1-B Common Types of Analogies 7
Worksheet 1-1 Identifying Relationships 8
Worksheet 1-2 Finding Analogies and Relationships 10
Worksheet 1-3 Completing Analogies I 12
Worksheet 1-4 Completing Analogies II 13
Worksheet 1-5 Completing Analogies III 14
Worksheet 1-6 Solving Analogies I 15
Worksheet 1-7 Solving Analogies II 17
Analogies Practice Test 20
Analogies Practice Test: Answer Sheet 22
Analogies Key to Practice Test 23
Section 2 Vocabulary 25
Teaching Suggestions for the Worksheets 26
Answer Key for Section 2 32
Study Sheet 2-A Common Prefixes 34
Study Sheet 2-B Common Suffixes 35
Study Sheet 2-C Homographs 36
Study Sheet 2-D Homophones 38
Study Sheet 2-E Easily Confused Words 42
Study Sheet 2-F Idioms 44
Study Sheet 2-G Ways to Build Your Vocabulary 45
Study Sheet 2-H Words to Know 46
Worksheet 2-1 Finding Prefixes 49
Worksheet 2-2 Finding Suffixes 50
Worksheet 2-3 Finding Synonyms I 51
Worksheet 2-4 Finding Synonyms II 53
Worksheet 2-5 Finding Antonyms I 54
Worksheet 2-6 Finding Antonyms II 56
Worksheet 2-7 Finding the Correct Word I 57
Worksheet 2-8 Finding the Correct Word II 59
Worksheet 2-9 Finding the Correct Word III 60
Worksheet 2-10 Words with Multiple Meanings I 61
Worksheet 2-11 Words with Multiple Meanings II 63
Worksheet 2-12 Identifying Homographs 65
Worksheet 2-13 Identifying Homophones I 67
Worksheet 2-14 Identifying Homophones II 69
Worksheet 2-15 Identifying Homophones III 70
Worksheet 2-16 Easily Confused Words I 71
Worksheet 2-17 Easily Confused Words II 73
Worksheet 2-18 Interpreting Idioms 75
Vocabulary Practice Test I 78
Vocabulary Practice Test II 80
Vocabulary Practice Test III 83
Vocabulary Practice Tests: Answer Sheets 86
Vocabulary Keys to Practice Tests 89
Section 3 Reading Comprehension 93
Teaching Suggestions for the Worksheets 96
Answer Key for Section 3 105
Study Sheet 3-A Traits of Good Readers 108
Study Sheet 3-B The SQ3R System for Reading 109
Study Sheet 3-C Guidelines for Reading Logs 110
Study Sheet 3-D Story Elements 111
Study Sheet 3-E Breaking Down a Story into Parts 112
Worksheet 3-1 Understanding Characterization 113
Worksheet 3-2 Making Inferences and Conclusions 115
Worksheet 3-3 Finding Main Ideas and Details 117
Worksheet 3-4 Sequencing 119
Worksheet 3-5 Understanding Context Clues 121
Worksheet 3-6 Understanding Comparison and Contrast 123
Worksheet 3-7 Understanding Cause and Effect 125
Worksheet 3-8 Making Predictions 127
Worksheet 3-9 Understanding Fact and Opinion 130
Worksheet 3-10 Determining Summaries 132
Worksheet 3-11 Understanding an Author's Purpose 134
Worksheet 3-12 Identifying Story Elements 137
Worksheet 3-13 Identifying Figurative Language 139
Worksheet 3-14 Determining Which Reference Source to Use 141
Worksheet 3-15 This Isn't Goodbye (Realistic Fiction) 142
Worksheet 3-16 The Changing of the Earth (Persuasive Essay) 145
Worksheet 3-17 Is Your Computer Protected Against Viruses? (Informational Article) 147
Worksheet 3-18 Strange Lights Over Sumner's Cove (Newspaper Article) 149
Worksheet 3-19 Maggie Draper Walker (Biographical Sketch) 151
Worksheet 3-20 Penguins: Birds of the Ice (Science Article) 153
Worksheet 3-21 Thunder and Lightning (Myth) 155
Worksheet 3-22 A Retelling of Pecos Bill and the Cyclone (Tall Tale) 157
Worksheet 3-23 How to Bake Carrot Cake (Recipe) 159
Worksheet 3-24 Songfest (A Review) 161
Worksheet 3-25 Charity Drive at Local Firehouse (Announcement) 163
Worksheet 3-26 "Still Here" by Langston Hughes (Poem) 165
Worksheet 3-27 Verse by Walt Whitman (Poem) 166
Worksheet 3-28 Following Directions (Reading Directions) 167
Worksheet 3-29 Interpreting a Climograph (Graph) 169
Worksheet 3-30 Fast-Food Facts (Reading a Table) 171
Reading Comprehension Practice Test I 174
Reading Comprehension Practice Test II 180
Reading Comprehension Practice Test III 185
Reading Comprehension Practice Tests: Answer Sheets 189
Reading Comprehension Keys to Practice Tests 192
Section 4 Spelling 195
Teaching Suggestions for the Worksheets 196
Answer Key for Section 4 199
Study Sheet 4-A Study Strategies for Spelling 200
Study Sheet 4-B Steps to Improve Your Spelling 201
Study Sheet 4-C Basic Spelling Rules 202
Study Sheet 4-D Spelling Word List 204
Worksheet 4-1 Finding Misspelled Words I 207
Worksheet 4-2 Finding Misspelled Words II 208
Worksheet 4-3 Finding Misspelled Words III 209
Worksheet 4-4 Finding Misspelled Words IV 210
Worksheet 4-5 Finding Misspelled Words in Phrases I 211
Worksheet 4-6 Finding Misspelled Words in Phrases II 212
Worksheet 4-7 Finding Misspelled Words in Phrases III 213
Worksheet 4-8 Finding the Correct Word I 214
Worksheet 4-9 Finding the Correct Word II 216
Worksheet 4-10 Finding the Correct Word III 218
Worksheet 4-11 Proofreading for Misspelled Words I 220
Worksheet 4-12 Proofreading for Misspelled Words II 221
Spelling Practice Test I 224
Spelling Practice Test II 226
Spelling Practice Tests: Answer Sheets 228
Spelling Keys to Practice Tests 230
Section 5 Language Mechanics and Word Usage 233
Teaching Suggestions for the Worksheets 235
Answer Key for Section 5 244
Study Sheet 5-A Rules for Using End Marks 248
Study Sheet 5-B Rules for Using Commas 249
Study Sheet 5-C Rules for Using Colons and Semicolons 251
Study Sheet 5-D Rules for Using Apostrophes 252
Study Sheet 5-E Rules for Using Quotation Marks and Underlining (Italics) 253
Study Sheet 5-F Rules for Using Parentheses, Dashes, and Hyphens 254
Study Sheet 5-G A Proofreader's Checklist 255
Study Sheet 5-H Rules for Capitalization 256
Study Sheet 5-I Sentences, Fragments, and Run-ons 258
Study Sheet 5-J Common and Proper Nouns 259
Study Sheet 5-K Singular and Plural Nouns 260
Study Sheet 5-L Possessive Nouns 261
Study Sheet 5-M Regular and Irregular Verbs 262
Study Sheet 5-N Helping Verbs and Verb Phrases 265
Study Sheet 5-O Verb Tenses 266
Study Sheet 5-P Subjective Case and Objective Case Pronouns 267
Study Sheet 5-Q Possessive Pronouns 268
Study Sheet 5-R Indefinite Pronouns 269
Study Sheet 5-S Who, Whom, Whose, and Who's 270
Study Sheet 5-T Negative Words and Double Negatives 271
Study Sheet 5-U Friendly Letter Model 272
Study Sheet 5-V Business Letter Model 273
Worksheet 5-1 Using Capitalization and Punctuation Correctly I 274
Worksheet 5-2 Using Capitalization and Punctuation Correctly II 276
Worksheet 5-3 Singular and Plural Nouns 278
Worksheet 5-4 Finding Verbs and Verb Phrases 279
Worksheet 5-5 Understanding Irregular Verbs I 280
Worksheet 5-6 Understanding Irregular Verbs II 281
Worksheet 5-7 Understanding Verb Tenses 282
Worksheet 5-8 Understanding Contractions 283
Worksheet 5-9 Finding the Subjects of Sentences 284
Worksheet 5-10 Finding Simple Predicates 285
Worksheet 5-11 Finding Compound Subjects and Compound Predicates 286
Worksheet 5-12 Subject and Predicate Agreement I 287
Worksheet 5-13 Subject and Predicate Agreement II 288
Worksheet 5-14 Understanding Subject and Object Pronouns 289
Worksheet 5-15 Understanding Pronouns and Antecedents 290
Worksheet 5-16 Understanding Indefinite Pronouns and Agreement with Verbs 292
Worksheet 5-17 Using Who, Whom, Whose, and Who's Correctly 293
Worksheet 5-18 Using Comparisons of Modifiers Correctly 294
Worksheet 5-19 Correcting Fragments and Run-ons 295
Worksheet 5-20 Correcting Double Negatives 297
Worksheet 5-21 Using Quotation Marks and Underlining (Italics) Correctly 299
Worksheet 5-22 Understanding Friendly Letters 301
Worksheet 5-23 Understanding Business Letters 302
Worksheet 5-24 Proofreading I 303
Worksheet 5-25 Proofreading II 304
Worksheet 5-26 Proofreading III 305
Language Mechanics and Word Usage Practice Test I 308
Language Mechanics and Word Usage Practice Test II 311
Language Mechanics and Word Usage Practice Test III 313
Language Mechanics and Word Usage Practice Tests: Answer Sheets 315
Language Mechanics and Word Usage Keys to Practice Tests 318
Section 6 Language Expression 321
Teaching Suggestions for the Worksheets 322
Answer Key for Section 6 326
Study Sheet 6-A A Proofreading Guide for Language Expression 328
Study Sheet 6-B Steps to Clear Expression 329
Worksheet 6-1 Expressing Ideas with Clarity 330
Worksheet 6-2 Organizing Sentences Clearly I 332
Worksheet 6-3 Organizing Sentences Clearly II 334
Worksheet 6-4 Rewriting Sentences Clearly I 336
Worksheet 6-5 Rewriting Sentences Clearly II 338
Worksheet 6-6 Combining Sentences and Expressing Ideas Clearly 340
Worksheet 6-7 Understanding Topic Sentences I 341
Worksheet 6-8 Understanding Topic Sentences II 342
Worksheet 6-9 Understanding Paragraphs I 343
Worksheet 6-10 Understanding Paragraphs II 344
Worksheet 6-11 Organizing Paragraphs I 345
Worksheet 6-12 Organizing Paragraphs II 346
Worksheet 6-13 Completing Paragraphs I 347
Worksheet 6-14 Completing Paragraphs II 348
Worksheet 6-15 Understanding Supporting Details 349
Language Expression Practice Test I 352
Language Expression Practice Test II 356
Language Expression Practice Tests: Answer Sheets 360
Language Expression Keys to Practice Tests 362
Appendix Preparing Your Students for Standardized Proficiency Tests 365
What Parents Need to Know about Standardized Tests 365
The Uses of Standardized Tests 366
Test Terms 366
Common Types of Standardized Tests 369
Preparing Your Child for Standardized Tests 371
Cover Letter to Parents Announcing Standardized Tests 372
What Students Need to Know about Standardized Tests 373
Test-taking Tips for Students 374
Test Words You Should Know 375
Creating a Positive Test-taking Environment 376
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