English Language Arts Standards
Language: Knowledge of Language
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
L.6-8.4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6-8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., belligerent, bellicose, rebel).
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.
Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
Say It Another Way
Synonyms, Antonyms, and Homonyms
Affect and Effect
Can or May
Commonly Confused Words Quiz
Confusing Verbs - Lay / Lie
Confusing Words I
Confusing Words II
Double Negatives Game
Its/It's and There/Their/They're
Lay or Lie
Leave and Let
Problem Verbs Review: Sit/Set/Lie/Lay/Rise/Raise
Sit or Set Quiz
To Lie / To Lay and To Sit / To Set
To, Too and Two
Words Commonly Confused
L.6-8.5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Interpret figures of speech (Gr. 6 e.g., personification), (Gr. 7 e.g., literary, biblical, and mythological allusions), (Gr. 8 e.g. verbal irony, puns) in context.
Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., cause/effect, part/whole, item/category, synonym/antonym, analogy) to better understand each of the words.
Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., Gr. 6: stingy, scrimping, economical, un-wasteful, thrifty; Gr. 7: refined, respectful, polite, diplomatic, condescending; Gr. 8: bullheaded, willful, firm, persistent, resolute).
Turn of Phrase
Choose Your Game
Do You Know Your Metaphors
Do You Know Your Similes
Eye on Idioms
Grade or No Grade
Word Play 1
Word Play 2
Word Play 3
Word Play 4
Word Play 5
Word Play 6
Simile, Metaphor, or Personification?
L.6-8.6. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.