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Eighth Grade (Grade 8) Writing Questions

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Grade 8 Persuasive Essays
Sarah and Lizbeth are doing research projects on how texting while driving affects the brain. They come across a blog that explains, in detail, how a six year old was killed because of a teen who was texting and driving. Is this source appropriate for their project.
  1. Yes, because the blog is about texting and driving.
  2. Yes because the blog explains the event in detail.
  3. No because the blog does not give any information on the effects that texting while driving has on the brain.
  4. No because a six year old's brain isn't fully developed yet so the evidence would be invalid.
Grade 8 Conducting Research
Johnathan is doing research for a health and wellness project. He notices that it is difficult to find some credible sources on his topic. He finally comes across the perfect source, but it has not been updated since 1999. Should he still use it?
  1. Yes, because there are not many sources out there.
  2. Yes, because teachers do not check students sources anyway.
  3. No, because the year 1999 was not a credible year for research.
  4. No, because the source is not current and could contain outdated information.
Grade 8 Conducting Research
Which of the following sources is most likely to contain logos?
  1. A survey on how many kids like fidget spinners
  2. An article that shows the correlation of fidget spinners and student success
  3. A firsthand account from a teacher that explains how fidget spinners are distractions
  4. A firsthand account from a student with ADHD that explains how fidget spinners help him
Grade 8 Conducting Research
Ana and Cynthia are collecting research about Making Waves for its 10th anniversary. They want to find out how the school has changed overtime. Who would be the most credible source?
  1. Ms. E. because she is a cool teacher and would be fun to talk to.
  2. Ms. Maraj because history teachers know how to collect evidence.
  3. Ms. Rodriguez because she has been working here the longest.
  4. Ms. Scott because she is a science teacher and science teachers know how to research.
Grade 8 Persuasive Essays
You are working on an argumentative essay about the Holocaust. You have sources that contain logos and ethos, but you need some that have pathos. What type of source could contain pathos?
  1. An article that lists details about Nazi Germany
  2. A diary that reveals the struggles of a young girl and her family
  3. An article released from a museum that explains how a gas chamber works
  4. A research paper from a college student that discusses how Hitler rose to power
Grade 8 Writing Essays
What does it mean to use explicit textual evidence?
  1. read between the lines
  2. use the information directly from the text
  3. break down the information
  4. add your own personal thoughts to the information read
Grade 8 Conducting Research
Grade 8 Writing CCSS: CCRA.W.2, W.8.2a
Teachers use the term "text structure" a lot when discussing how one should organize their thoughts for greater comprehension. The three main text structures one should always organize content around are:
  1. graphic organizer, make predictions, sequence of events
  2. cause and effect, compare and contrast, accessing prior knowledge
  3. compare and contrast, scaffolding, make predictions
  4. cause and effect, compare and contrast, sequence of events
Grade 8 Conducting Research
Grade 8 Conducting Research
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