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Eighth Grade (Grade 8) Writing Essays 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 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 Writing Essays CCSS: CCRA.W.2, W.8.2a
You are to prepare a speech with the broad topic of "protecting the environment." Which subtopic would not support this broad topic?
  1. Purchasing energy efficient products
  2. Using fertilizers to grow greener yards
  3. Recycling materials
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