Rod and Staff English - Grade 8

English Grade 8:

Preparing for Usefulness

Pupil's Textbook

Preparing for Usefulness has 124 lessons divided into 11 chapters. The first two chapters deal with sentence elements and sentence structure. Objective complements, elliptical sentences, and compound-complex sentences are introduced.

Chapter 3 teaches concepts about capitalization and punctuation. Dashes, parentheses, and brackets are introduced.

Chapters 4-10 focus on the parts of speech. These chapters re-enforce what has been taught in earlier grades and introduce retained objects, dangling participles, and relative adverbs. Problem words are discussed, and there's plenty of sentence diagramming.

Chapter 11 deals with using reference helps and the public library. Composition lessons introduce persuasive arguments and teach effective sentences, paragraph construction, proofreading, outlines, story writing, and poetry at deeper levels. Over one-third of the book deals with composition.

Teacher's Manual

General teaching suggestions are included at the beginning of this hardcover manual. Copies of the pupil's pages are included in reduced size. The answers for the pupil's lessons are in shaded areas beside the exericises. Further teacher's helps are given on the shaded areas below the pupil's copies.

The Purpose is given for each lesson. A star indicates when a concept is introduced for the first time in the English series. Some lessons have an additional part titled Teacher, including further information for the teacher's awareness.

One goal of this series is to provide adequate review. Optional suggestions for repeated drill are given. Oral Review lists questions for review as well as preparation for the new lesson. A Written Quiz with Quiz Answers is sometimes included, which drills important concepts taught recently.

The Lesson Introduction suggests ways to introduce the lesson. The Lesson Outline lists specific points to be taught. Extra Practice lists the worksheet when one is prepared for that lesson.

At the end of the book, copies of the worksheets and tests have filled-in answers.


These 42 worksheets are additional practice. They may be used in workbook form or as tear-out sheets for remedial drill or extra practice. They may be copied as needed in teaching this English course. Worksheets are not provided for every lesson. They offer written exercises, but they do not include lesson explanations. They do not cover concepts that are not taught in the textbook.


This booklet includes 11 chapter tests and a final test on tear-out sheets.

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