I've just completed all six full-year, twice-per-week, twenty-minutes-per-station Academic Literacy Centers
for eighth grade. Each of these CCSS standards-based reading, writing, language conventions, vocabulary, spelling and syllabication, and study skills programs have been specifically designed to minimize prep, correction, clean-up, and behavioral management issues
. I’ve also put together all six centers in the value-priced Academic Literacy Centers Grade 8 BUNDLE
I'm so confident that teachers will recognize the quality of design and content for each of the six Academic Literacy Centers that I'm offering the entire month-long unit 1 BUNDLE (all six centers) free of charge for you to test-drive
. If you love them all (you just might), buy the full-year Academic Literacy Center Grade 8 BUNDLE
or mix and match by buying the full-year individual centers. Note: Please don't post this free unit online or share with other teachers. Also, delete the download after your test-drive. If you FOLLOW ME on TpT, I'll be able to send you updates. Thanks.
Here's what you will get in this free, one-month six-center Academic Literacy Center BUNDLE unit:
Academic Literacy Centers
Eight leveled expository reading fluency articles with word counts and timing chart. Eight corresponding comprehension worksheets with vocabulary in context. (The only components I can't give you for this free sample are the modeled YouTube readings at three different reading speeds. You get access to these 129 readings with the paid version of the individual center or the BUNDLE.)
Eight sentence revisions lessons, which include revising sentence structure, grammar application, and writing style and eight literary response activities, which include literary quotation mentor texts and writer response tasks with different rhetorical stance (voice, audience, purpose, and form)
Eight grammar, usage, and mechanics lessons including online links for both grammar and mechanics content and/or skills
Eight vocabulary worksheets including multiple meaning words and context clues; Greek and Latin word parts; dictionary and thesaurus practice; figures of speech; word relationships; connotations; and grade-level academic language words in the Frayer four-square model
Spelling and Syllabication:
Four spelling sorts based upon grade-level conventional spelling rules and four syllable worksheets
Eight self-assessment, study skills, reflection lessons: How to Get Motivated, How to Prevent Procrastination, How to Set Goals, How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude, How to Create a Home Study Environment, How to Get Organized for Homework, How to Complete a Daily Review, How to Manage Time for Homework
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 literacy center signs?
Yes, they are provided in both color and black and white and are formatted for both pocket charts and center display.
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.
Are there unit tests?
Yes, biweekly tests are provided on the grammar, usage, mechanics, vocabulary content and skills. Answers, of course.
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 activities (CCSS allignment documents included). 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, of course. The literacy center rotations give you the flexibility you need.
Can I just buy the individual full-year Academic Literacy Centers?
Yes, you can.
Check out our six grade-level Academic Literacy Centers
These full-year, twice-per-week, twenty-minute literacy centers provide rigorous, CCSS standards-based instruction.
Grade-level Academic Literacy Centers
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
Make sure to check out the special value-priced, grade-level Academic Literacy Center BUNDLES
with all six full-year literacy centers.
Academic Literacy Center BUNDLES
Academic Literacy Centers Grade 4 BUNDLE
Academic Literacy Centers Grade 5 BUNDLE
Academic Literacy Centers Grade 6 BUNDLE
Academic Literacy Centers Grade 7 BUNDLE
Academic Literacy Centers Grade 8 BUNDLE
Also, check out our four 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:
Remedial 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.
All 6 grade-level Academic Literacy Centers and all 4 Remedial Literacy Centers work nicely with the 10 literacy center rotations which you will see in your free download. Each rotation reflects four-days-per-week centers with 40, 60, 80, and 100-minute class time allocations. This is a flexible program; pick what works best for you and your students.
You and your students will love these literacy centers!
Update: I've added on previews of the Remedial Literacy Centers at the end of your free unit.