The Academic Literacy Centers Grade 8 BUNDLE
includes these six full-year CCSS standards-based literacy centers (stations):
Reading Literacy Center #1: Reading Fluency and Comprehension
*43 expository reading fluencies, leveled at 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades, with vocabulary, word counts, and timing sheets with YouTube modeled readings at 3 different speeds and fluency timing sheets
*48 corresponding comprehension worksheets with vocabulary in context and higher level comprehension questions
Writing Literacy Center #2: Sentence Revisions and Literary Response
*56 sentence revisions lessons, which include revising sentence structure, grammar application, and writing style
*56 literary response activities, which include literary quotation mentor texts and writer response tasks with different rhetorical stance (voice, audience, purpose, and form)
Language Conventions Literacy Center #3: Grammar and Mechanics
*56 grammar, usage, and mechanics lessons including online links for both grammar and mechanics content and/or skills (Internet access preferred with tablets, phones, or desktop access, but not
*Biweekly unit tests
with definition, identification, and writing application
Vocabulary Literacy Center #4: Vocabulary Worksheets and Study Cards
*56 vocabulary worksheets including multiple meaning words and context clues; Greek and Latin word parts; dictionary and thesaurus skills; figures of speech; word relationships; semantic connotations; and four square academic language words
*Vocabulary study guides and biweekly unit tests
with definition and short answer
Spelling and Syllabication Literacy Center #5: Spelling and Syllabication Worksheets
*28 spelling sorts based upon conventional spelling rules
*28 syllable worksheets
Study Skills Literacy Center #6: Self-assessment, Study Skills Lessons, and Reflection
56 self-assessment, study skills lessons, and reflection: *motivation *goal-setting *homework time management *organization *listening and note-takins *test preparation *memorization *research skills *reading strategies *close reading *writing *grammar strategies
*Ten Literacy Center Rotations
*Literacy Centers Group Norms BE HEROIC! Group Norms
*Literacy Centers LEADERSHIP ROLES
*Center Signs (pocket card size)
*Center Signs (full size)
*Reading Literacy Center Task Card: Reading Fluency and Comprehension
*Writing Literacy Center Task Card: Sentence Revisions and Literary Response
*Language Conventions Literacy Center Task Card: Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics
*Vocabulary Literacy Center Task Cards: Vocabulary Worksheets and Study Guides
*Spelling and Syllabication Literacy Center Task Card: Spelling Sorts
*Spelling and Syllabication Literacy Center Task Card: Syllable Worksheets
*Study Skills Literacy Center Task Card: Self-assessment, Study Skills Lesson, and Reflection
These twice-per-week literacy centers maximize learning through collaborative tasks, each taking 20 minutes to complete. These six independent centers free-up the teacher to conduct mini-conferences with individual students, teach a guided reading group, or walk the classroom to supervise.
A variety of rotation options (four-days-per-week centers with 40, 60, 80, and 100-minute class time allocations) provides flexibility and the addition of other centers as the teacher sees fit.
The Academic Literacy Centers have been designed to minimize or eliminate preparation, correction, behavioral problems, and clean-up time and to maximize flexible, on-task learning.
Can I set up, tear down, and move these centers quickly?
Yes. Set up and tear down only take a few minutes. Perfect if you share a classroom or move to another classroom.
Are there directions for each lesson and activity?
Yes. There are longer teacher directions and shorter student directions on the literacy center task cards (provided in both color and black and white).
Do the literacy centers have the same instructional procedures for each lesson and activity?
Yes. Read the directions and model the first activity or lesson for each literacy center once and your students will be able to work independently thereafter.
Are there answers for all the literacy center lessons and activities?
Yes, except for open-ended thinking, free-response questions.
How much correction is there?
Plenty, but your students will do all the correcting. Answers are provided with each task. Students learn from their own mistakes.
What exactly is Common Core State Standard grade-level specific and what is not?
The sentence revisions (Writing Academic Literacy Center), vocabulary worksheets (Vocabulary Academic Literacy Center), spelling sorts (Spelling and Syllabication Academic Literacy Center) each have separate grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 lessons and activities. Other lessons and activities cover the breadth of the grades 4–8 Standards. The reading fluencies and comprehension worksheets are leveled at third, fifth, and seventh grade levels.
Can I add my own centers, such as guided reading, independent reading, or computers?
Yes, this is a flexible program and the literacy center rotations provide many options.
Can I buy the six Academic Literacy Centers individually?
Of course. Read the extensive product descriptions and check the previews for each center:
1. Reading Academic Literacy Center Grades 4−8
2. Writing Academic Literacy Center Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
3. Language Conventions Academic Literacy Center Grades 4−8
4. Vocabulary Academic Literacy Center Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
5. Spelling and Syllabication Academic Literacy Center Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
6. Study Skills Academic Literacy Center Grades 4−8
Some of my students are below grade level, EL/ELD, and/or special education. What about remedial centers? Can I add remedial centers to the Academic Literacy Center rotations?
Thanks for asking :) Check out the Remedial Literacy Centers. Each center provides comprehensive diagnostic and formative assessments with corresponding literacy center lessons. These full-year, 20-minute, twice-per-week remedial centers fit perfectly within the group rotations provided with the Academic Literacy Centers:
1. Remedial Spelling Literacy Center
2. Remedial Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics Literacy Center
3. Phonics Literacy Center
4. Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books
Make sure to check out the special value-priced Remedial Literacy Centers BUNDLE.
Help your students catch up
while they keep up
with grade-level instruction.
You and your students will love these literacy centers!