Grade 8 English Language Arts

This webquest is a concluding activity for the William Bell novel "Forbidden City" for grades 7 and 8 students.

"Forbidden City" Webquest

A study package for "The Pigman" by Paul Zindel.  This is primarily for the grade 8 level but can be used in high school.

"The Pigman" Unit Plan

The title says it all!  This is a list of 100 writing prompts, suitable for all ages of writers.

100 Ideas for Writing

A to Z Teacher Stuff is a teacher-created site designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily. Find lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials & eBooks, printable worksheets and blacklines, emergent reader books, themes, and more.

A to Z Teacher Stuff

Grades 3-8 students will have a blast playing these math, geography and language arts games!  They can choose to play alone or online with students around the world.

Academic Skill Builders

You are a member of one of five Greek city-states.  Your city-state must perform a series of tasks in a classroom "Olympics" simulation to learn more about how your group would interact with the other city-states.

Ancient Greek Olympics

Teacher Professional Development by subject and grade.

Annenberg Teacher Professional Development

Audio Owl is a great service for locating and listening to free audio books. Audio Owl catalogs public domain recordings of books that are in the public domain. Because the recordings are in the public domain anyone is free to download, listen to, and share the recordings. Audio Owl has arranged hundreds of recordings into an easy-to-browse collection. You can browse the collection by genre or search by title, author, or keyword. If you choose to browse by genre, Audio Owl presents all of the titles in a visually appealing display of book covers.

AudioOwl Free Audio Books

The BBC has a terrific site for English, Math and Science learning.  The activities are highly interactive and engaging!

BBC BItesize KS3 Links

A generic book report for students to complete.  This document includes a student handout, graphic organizers, and an evaluation sheet.

Book Report Guidelines

Interesting optical illusions, palindromes, quizzes, and more fun stuff!

Brain Teasers, Puzzles and Riddles
Bubbabrain is a question and answer review game that would work very well on an interactive whiteboard.  You can either choose from user-created questions or create your own.  Both words and images are supported.


Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary allows users to enter any word and be given the definition and pronunciation of that word.

Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Thousands of comics from over 90 artists. A little something for everyone.

 A collection of media pieces (illustrations, animations, games, movies) for Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts.  These would be great with an interactive whiteboard!


Find rich, hands-on learning experiences that can be searched by subject, theme, grade, media, and completion time.

Crayola Creativity Central

The Zimmer Twins is a neat site for introducing elementary school students to making simple animated video stories. On the Zimmer Twins site students can create a story from scratch or complete one of the "cliff hanger" story starters. Students do not need to have any drawing skills in order to create a story as all elements are added to the video through a simple drag and drop interface. Students select settings, characters, character actions, emotions, and text styles then drag those elements into the storyboard. Students then arrange those elements and type words into the conversation bubbles where appropriate.

Zimmer Twins

Create your own crosswords to suit your needs using this very user-friendly site.

Crossword Creator

Could you describe brushing your hair without using the words "hair" or "brush"?  This activity will make your students choose more descriptive words to illustrate their point.

Descriptive Words

Printable skills sheets for using the Dictionary.

Research Skills - Free Worksheets

Edistorm takes the metaphor of sticky notes on a boardroom wall and brings it online allowing anyone - anywhere to brainstorm with only a web browser.

Each user picks their favorite ideas and Edistorm brings the best ones forward.


This section features original grammar worksheets for teachers and parent-teachers to copy for their kids. Use them for teaching, reinforcement, and review. 

English Basics - Free Grammar and Writing Worksheets

Verizon Information Services has created this website to help support literacy of Grades 5-8 students.  Set in the fictional town of Clutterbuck Valley, students are asked to solve mysteries, make movies, make a book and more!

Enlighten Me

A thematic exploration of the historical fiction novel "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell.

Explore Island of the Blue Dolphins

Absolutely FREE online books! Thousands of novels, poems, stories and easy to read books online.

Welcome to the Famous Scientists / Inventors Challenge. This is an online voyage of discovery about people who have questioned the world around them and made important choices and discoveries as a result.  This was a Grade 8 ELA "Burning Question"  and Science "Earth and Space Unit" webquest but it can fit into any Science unit by changing the scientists accordingly.

Teacher Page

Over 25 lessons about figuative language and poetry!  Wonderful resource!

Poetry Unit

This is a fun activity to complete after reading Holes by Louis Sachar. As students read the book, or as you read it aloud, have students pay special attention to the individual characters in the book. They will draw conclusions and make predictions about these characters in the future.

Filling in the Holes 20 Years Later

Choose your grade level and subject to access flashcards to test your knowledge of that area.  This is an American website so you may have visit other grade levels for any Saskatchewan subjects that are not listed for your grade level.

Select the appropriate age of your students and choose from a variety of Mathematics, Geography, Art, Science, Language Arts, etc. games.

FunBrain Game Finder

A two page document that defines many poetic terms.

Glossary of Poetic Terms

A list of resources that support the Saskatchewan Grade 8 ELA curriculum.

Grade 8 English Language Arts

This website outlines themes and topics that may be used to address the objectives in the six strands of Grade 8 ELA. This list has been provided by Sask. Learning to support teachers in their planning using currently recommended student resources.

Grade 8 ELA Topics

Both printable handouts and online interactive exercises for various grammar topics.

Grammar Bytes

Can you become a master ninja?  This game reviews the parts of speech and is appropriate for all levels.

Grammar Ninja

Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales and Stories ~ the title says it all!

Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales and Stories

The students in Mrs. Taverna's class at Pocantico Hills School in Sleepy Hollow, New York learned about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.  They have posted some quizzes, timelines, etc. for other students to use in their studies.

Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad for Children

This lesson includes an Internet scavenger hunt, a brief read-aloud story, and a handful of additional activities.

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

A terrific site with many examples of references, endnotes, footnotes, etc.

Plagiarism: How to Avoid It

Just type in your words and this website will create a poem based on your thoughts.

Instant Poetry Forms

Debating is a structured contest of argumentation in which two opposing individuals or teams defend and attack a given proposition. The procedure is bound by rules that vary based on location and participants. The process is adjudicated and a winner is declared. Debating is a foundational aspect of a democratic society and thus reflects the values of Canadians.

Instructional Strategies Online - Debates

Here are some links that can be powerful whole-group instructional tools when used on an interactive whiteboard.  These are grouped by subject area and subdivided by grade levels.

Interactive Whiteboard Links

Images, FAQs, biography, resources, etc. for Jack London.

Jack London Online Collection

No matter what your grade level or subject area, Learn Alberta's website has many resources for you.  You can find resources by grade, subject, keyword, media type, audience, language or learning resource type. 

Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. You can: * Download the files to your Mp3 player and listen on the go, * Listen to the Mp3 files on your computer, * View the text on a webpage and read along as you listen, * Print out the stories and poems to make your own book.

Lit2Go MP3 Stories and Poems

A two page document that defines words like dialogue, genre, hyperbole, mood, etc.

Cheat Sheet

Do you have a set of magnetic poetry words on your fridge?  Here's a virtual set that you can use to create unique poems.

Magnetic Poetry

You are a member of an advertising team hired by a wealthy philanthropist who wants you to design an ad campaign. You must find ways to educate people on the dangers of some products or messages.

Media Propoganda Webquest

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary with activities and games.

Merriam-Webster Online

This method of research is used to walk an entire class through the research process at the beginning of the year.

Micro-Research Model

Various Grade 6-8 novel studies, poetry, authors, etc. links.

English Language Arts Links

For thousands of years people have associated objects in the sky, the Earth, and aspects of their physical world with the gods and goddesses of their cultures. Through these pages, find out about the gods and goddesses of different cultures around the world, and the works of art people have created to give them expression.


The variety of stories in Myths and Legends aims to give inspiration to young people at school and at home to create and publish their own work. The site provides a multitude of tools and opportunities that enable pupils to submit their stories for the enjoyment of a world wide audience, with the prospect of receiving peer review and evaluation.  There are also myths and legends to view online.

Myths and Legends Story Creator

Welcome to the Myths, Folktales and Fairy Tales Internet project. We've compiled contributions from many authors to create this rich resource for learning about and writing in these genres.

Myths, Folktales and Fairy Tales

Find links to newspapers and news media. Discover the most extensive newspaper and news media guide on the internet.

Newspapers - Newspaper & News Media Guide

Handouts and exercises on grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

OWL Online Writing Lab

Busy teachers are always looking for new teaching ideas and ways to save time. The Saskatoon Public Schools OLC has compiled a list of online resources that their teachers have created or recommended. 

Online Learning Centre Resources 

Brief overview of the parts of a paragraph, writing a paragraph and the different kinds of paragraphs.

Paragraph Writing

Students write a multi-paragraph persuisive essay on the topic of why they do not deserve a detention.  A marking rubric is included, as well as exemplars of student writing.

Persuasive Writing Exercise

Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.

Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning

Students will create a "visual" biography of a famous figure, in which each pizza slice represents a paragraph and toppings represent supporting details. 

Pizza Biography

Plagiarism is a rapidly growing problem in many venues today. Because it is so easy to locate information using the Internet, students have given in to the temptation to take materials and use them for their own. This needs to be addressed by all who are in the education field -- by teaching the observance of proper citation and copyright compliance AND by making sure our students know that stealing someone else's work is wrong. This site may help you in your efforts towards these goals.

Plagiarism Stoppers : A Teachers Guide

Created by teacher, for teachers, Promethean Planet is a unique teaching, sharing and support community - your place to connect, create and change the classroom!  Create an account and interactive whiteboard ideas and resources are yours to download.

Promethean Planet

Many free printable worksheets to help the student with their reading comprehension.

Reading Comprehension - Free Worksheets

A step by step approach to writing a paper.

IPL Teenspace: Research & Writing

Browse and download lessons and demonstrations made for the Smartboard!

SMART Exchange

Teaching Resources, Student Activities, Reproducibles, and more! | Teachers

Scholastic's site has a variety of activities for your teen or pre-teen.  One area involves some different writing activities that will keep their imaginations active!

Scholastic's Writing Games
A Grade 8 English Language Arts Unit that looks at Science Fiction.  Skills involved include making predictions, writing an essay, and writing a science fiction short story.

Science Fiction

The Science Learning Network (SLN) is an online community of educators, students, schools, science museums and other institutions demonstrating a new model for inquiry science education.  There is a list of resources developed by SLN museums.

Science Learning Network: Home

Easy to use forms that allow students to edit their own work or that of a peer.

Self or Peer Editing Forms

Welcome to the "Shakespeare Is Elementary" web site! This page can be accessed by clicking on the "Shakespeare is Elementary" headline on each of the site's pages. We hope you enjoy your time spent with us and 'the Bard'!

Shakespeare Is Elementary

You can either print crossword puzzles to solve offline or play online.

Smart Crossword

Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about stories, folklore, and fairy tales. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Stories, Folklore, and Fairy Tales Theme Page

This collection of storytelling activities-developed by storyteller/author Heather Forest for her storytelling workshops with students, teachers, and librarians-can be expanded by educators into language arts lesson plans to support speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Story Arts - Storytelling Activities & Lesson Ideas

Students choose from a Character Map, a Conflict Map, a Resolution Map or a Setting Map.  They enter in the specifics from their story and print their map.

Story Maps

StoryJumper is a safe and educational place for your kids.  The site teaches your students to write a story in just 7 steps using our StoryStarter process. StoryJumper is an online tool that makes creative writing fun for kids.


This site gives concrete activities for studying, working with others, reading, concentrating, and more.

Study Guides and Strategies

Great for Smartboard users!  Create seating plans, make jeopardy-style review games, make board games and more.

This teacher has gathered some Notebook 10 games and demonstrations for a variety of upper elementary classrooms.

Teachers Love Smart Boards
"My Hero" is a site where students can write about people they view as heroes.

My Hero

Harriet Tubman's life was a monument to courage and determination that continues to stand out in American history. This site gives some background information on the life of Harriet Tubman.

The Life of Harriet Tubman

Create personalized vocabulary word lists for your students.  This website has cute videos that illustrate the meanings of the words in your list so students can see how the word is used.  They can also take part in quizzes or use flash cards based on your word choices.

Weboword is a fun little website designed to help students learn new vocabulary words.  Each of the vocabulary words on the Weboword has cartoon drawings depicting the meaning of that word.  Students are encouraged to submit their own drawings or try puzzles.

Just as the title suggests, this is a site to narrow down the search for webquests.  There are a variety of webquests, all categorized to correlate with the Ontario Curriculum in 2007.

Webquest Locator
Writeboards are shareable, web-based text documents that let you save every edit, roll back to any version, and easily compare changes.  Use Writeboard to write solo or collaborate with others.


Not only definitions but word games, reference articles and more are at this site.


ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that is designed to let anyone easily create their own customized 3D pop-up books.  You must sign up for a username and password to create your own books.

Zoo Burst Augmented Reality 3D Pop-up Books

GSCS Global Resources Search

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