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If you want a list of commonly confused words, this worksheet is useful; however, the exercise itself is not worth the paper it's printed on. It includes 20 words suitable for middle school. Examples include personal and personnel, conscious and conscience, disinterested and uninterested. 
Although this design is sorely lacking in rigor and is not appropriate for the designated eighth grade, the list of commonly misspelled words may be useful for you to design your own exercise. Examples include ascent and assent, respectfully and respectively, and continually and continuously. 
Display this list of commonly misspelled and frequently confused words for your learners. Though there is no interactive component, this handout is a great reference tool comparing many homophones such as sole and soul. One tip encourages writers to use a dictionary, not just spell-check, to discern the correct meaning and use of a word.
Understanding the spelling and meaning of homophones is particularly difficult for English language learners. This online quiz focuses on 20 different sets of homophones. The learner reads the sentence and decides which word fits best. 
Students practice descriptive writing in a thank-you note format. In this descriptive writing instructional activity, students read the example letter and analyze the corrections in the letter. Students read the example thank you notes and focus on the courteous manner in the writing. Students write their own thank-you note to someone who helped them using the model. Students also identify commonly confused words.
The class works together to tackle easily confused words. Each learner receives a word and he or she must create a flashcard with the following things: the word, its definition, an original sentence that uses the word, and a picture depicting the sentence. You have to create a list of easily confused words, as it is not included here. 
Fourth graders explore the proofreading process. They practice proofreading for errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics. Students develop strategies for proofreading and differentiate between commonly confused words.
This worksheet includes 10 fill-in-the-blank sentences for practice spelling commonly confused words (affect and effect, for example) and 10 questions related to English words derived from French. It is appropriate for upper elementary or middle school language arts classes.
This worksheet helps to understand when to use commonly confused words. It includes definitions, writing exercises, and questions that require paraphrasing the meaning of sentences. A good exercise for middle schoolers, or review for high school English classes.
Examine the key strategies to proofreading a piece of writing for errors in sentence structure, usage, mechanics and spelling. Eighth graders practice putting into correct passage commonly confused words (too, two, to) when writing to a particular audience.
Put your common writing errors to rest with this resource, which prompts high schoolers to create eulogies and tombstones for overused and incorrect words. They work on correcting common errors in spelling and usage mistakes in their own compositions. They also design memorable reminders showing corrections for the mistakes.
Lead your class through the Common Core standards for language with a checklist made up of "I Can" statements. The standards have been simplified slightly to help forth graders better understand the content, but you will most likely need to still walk them through each one.
Eighth graders discuss common grammatical errors made in spelling.  In this spelling lesson, 8th graders examine homophones and homographs to discover the reason why they are often misused.  Students create sentences using common homophone word sets.  Students discuss the correct context for using each word in a set of homophones.
How many commonly confused words do your learners know? Use this either before or after a unit on similar words. Words like affect and effect, its and it's, whose and who's, etc. are included in this 10-question quiz. 
Using Visual Thesaurus software, class members participate in a computer-based spelling bee. Then they work in groups to analyze the words and use deductive reasoning to infer spelling patterns. They then present one of their "rules" to the class, jigsaw style.
Ninth graders examine the different misspelled words in the English language. In this English lesson, 9th graders read an article and answer guided reading questions. Students write an email to their teacher about what they have read.
Have you ever wondered how to create a successful word wall? The first two pages of this document highlight the positive benefits for having a word wall. There's also a section that presents the word wall routine which presents how and when to post words. Then there are four activity options provided. This is a great introduction to word walls if you've never used them before! 
Sixth graders prepare to edit and publish processed essays through word-processing tools implementing Alphasmart and Microsoft Word's Autocorrect, Spelling and Grammar Check, Readability Statistics, Inserting comments, Tracking changes and Thesaurus based upon previous clocking exercises in cooperative groups.
There are so many tricky words in the English language, and their pronunciation defies their spelling! Present your class with this list of 20 commonly misspelled words. They will rewrite the word and complete a coloring activity that brings to light the issue of pronunciation. For some reason the words are listed in cursive, so be sure to help any learners that might not understand how to read cursive. 
Students participate in activities that engages word walls into their daily routine. In this word wall lesson plan, students use a word wall to practice language arts words through games, routines, and chants daily.

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