In this passage from Black Beauty, students will read an excerpt from Chapter 7 and list 10 character traits of Greer.
8th Grade Reading: Literature
For eighth graders, this Common Core area helps students gain mastery of the deeper tasks involved in reading a fictional text. No matter what they are reading, the standards require students to increase the complexity in the texts they read and deepen their understanding of the connections within and between texts. Among the complete standards for this grade, eighth graders will be asked to: support a textual analysis with direct textual evidence and explicit inferences, determine the theme of a text and how it develops within the text, be able to give an objective summary of a text, be able to analyze complex word and phrase choices in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings, as well as analogies and allusions to other texts, dramatic irony, suspense and humor, analyze how stories change when presented in audio, staged or filmed forms, and to understand the choices of actors and directors when adapting the work for a new medium, read text appropriate to grade level while increasing in the level of text complexity throughout the year.
Classic Literature: Captains Courageous
Help your students improve their reading skills with this activity set about Rudyard Kipling’s Captains Courageous.
Edgar Allan Poe – Annabel Lee: Lost Love
Students read from Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee” and answer questions.
Find it: Indirect Characterization
Learn about indirect characterization with this printable worksheet on making inferences and understanding character traits. This classroom activity is great for students looking to practice their reading and inferencing skills. Download and print for use both at home or in the classroom.
Metaphors and Similes in Shakespeare: Explain the Meaning
This worksheet features a variety of metaphors and similes from Shakespeare for your student to anaylze.
Narrator’s Point of View Flow Chart
This flowchart helps students identify the correct point of view. They answer “yes” and “no” questions to identify the correct point of view.
Robert Burns Poetry: A Red, Red Rose
Students rewrite the Scots spellings of words into Standard English from Robert Burns poem/song, “Auld Lang Syne.”
Alliteration in Literature and Rhetoric
Whether in lovely literature or rollicking rhetoric, alliterations are admirable!
Analyzing O! Pioneers
A passage from the classic novel “O! Pioneers” is the focus of this worksheet on citing text examples.
Character Development in The Tell-Tale Heart
This worksheet uses Poe’s classic, “The Tell-Tale Heart” to help the student analyze aspects of a character.
Character Traits and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
What do character traits tell us about a story? Students read a passage and determine character traits of different people.
Character Traits Worksheet – Jane Eyre
Students will read a passage from Jane Eyre and list 10 character traits of John Reed.
Character Traits Worksheet – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
In this passage from Tom Sawyer students will list character traits of specific characters.
Character Traits Worksheet – The Time Machine
With this worksheet, students will read a passage from “The Time Machine” and list character traits from one of the characters.
Charles Dickens: David Copperfield and His Aunt
Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, published in 1849, is one of his most famous works. Students read the passage and answer questions.
Classic Literature: If
Help your students improve their reading skills with this activity set about Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If”.
Discuss the Verbal Irony
Time to discuss verbal irony in three situations!
Draw a Conclusion: Visual Details
Your student will use visual clues to make inferences about a group of pictures in this worksheet.
Edgar Allan Poe and the Fall of the House of Usher
In this activity, students read a passage from Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” and write what they think the underlined words mean.
Edgar Allan Poe: The Oval Portrait
In this activity, students read a passage from Edgar Allan Poe’s 1842 short story “The Oval Portrait” and answer questions.