Pearson English 8 Activity Book, 2nd Edition

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Pearson English 8 Activity Book, 2nd Edition

By Mark Stracey, Leanne Matheson
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At the 2016 Educational Publishing Association Awards, Pearson English 7-10 2nd edition, Activity Books
were 'Highly Commended' in the category of

  • Student Resource – Junior – English/Humanities/Languages/Arts/Technologies/Health and Physical Education


The Second Edition of the Pearson English 8 Activity Book offers updated texts, activities, design and coverage of the Australian Curriculum: English. It caters for students of all abilities, including students with English as an Additional Language.

The Pearson English Activity Books are designed to develop and consolidate students’ knowledge and understanding of the English language and grammar. They integrate cumulative learning in the Language strand of the curriculum, as well as in the Literature and Literacy strands.

Using the Activity Books, students develop higher order language and literacy skills. They are supported with a solid language foundation, clear explanations and scaffolded learning. Students are exposed to rich and varied literature sources and text types, including contemporary and classic texts, Australian Aboriginal storytelling and news articles.

Each level of the Activity Books includes core units which offer clear Language explanations followed by scaffolded activities to use the language in context and build on grammar, vocabulary, spelling, reading and writing skills. At the back of the book, four revision units support students in preparing for summative assessment. Teachers will also find extension activities, tests, pedagogical support, Australian Curriculum correlation charts and more online for free.

Leanne Matheson and Mark Stracey are practising English teachers with a wealth of experience teaching English and Literature in Years 7-12. They are also experienced textbooks authors. They have written extensively for Heinemann and Pearson - including the successful Pearson English 7-10 Activity Books first and second editions.

Contributing Author
Casey Hawkins is a secondary English teacher with a passion for English, History and with specialist training in EAL/D and Linguistics. She has worked as a teacher, house leader and year 7 transition facilitator at Emmanuel College in Melbourne for ten years. She is currently working for a tertiary education foundation program at the University of London, which supports international students in acquiring English.
Enrich mastery of the English language with a wide range of activities and support catering to different levels.
Updated features for Pearson English 7-10 Activity Books Second Edition:
  • Based on research conducted in Australian schools
  • Updated texts, activities and design
  • The Second Edition is fully aligned to the latest version of the Australian Curriculum: English
  • Now catering for the multi-abilities classroom, including students with English as an Additional Language (EAL/D)
  • 2 extra feature boxes for a more complete student support: Hints and running glossary
  • Clear language explanations and a varied range of activities and texts to use the language in context
  • New revision units at the back of the books to help students prepare for summative assessment.
  • Tests, extension tasks, answers, Australian Curriculum correlation charts and insightful teaching support are now provided online for free
The second edition retains the best features of the acclaimed first edition:
  • Written and reviewed by experienced teachers and textbook authors 
  • Activities can be completed in class or independently
  • A write-in resource designed to develop and consolidate students' learning and understanding of the English Language
  • Students have access to extra activities and web destinations online for free.
Target audience
Pearson English 7-10 Activity Books Second Edition are designed for Australian students studying the Australian Curriculum: English from Years 7-10.The Second Edition caters for junior secondary students of all levels of ability, including students with English as an Additional Language (EAL/D).
Series overview
We started with a question: what makes a good English lesson? Pearson English has been built from the ground up to answer that question, by the people who would know best. We commissioned experienced teachers to author the books, asked Educational experts to review the content, met with focus groups including teachers and students from government, independent and Catholic schools and tested all material in classrooms.
The result is the most comprehensive English series, written, reviewed and tested by English teachers. All texts have been independently audited by practising teachers in over 90 hours of revisions and improvements, ensuring that the final content is uniformly excellent and matches the content and assessment requirements of the Australian Curriculum. And our thorough trials mean that you can be sure the texts, tasks and activities are classroom ready.
There is a varied range of texts covering traditional and nontraditional options, including fiction and nonfiction, new articles, letters, advertising, visual prompts, graphic novels, animations, manga, poetry, short stories and plays which also include Australian Aboriginal storytelling and Asia-Pacific literature.
Supplement URL
Visit the Pearson English page for further information about the components of the series, download samples and order an inspection copy.
Table of contents
Pearson English 8 Activity Book Second Edition Contents:

Unit 1 Nouns (Revision) - Novel extract
Unit 2 Definite and indefinite articles - Fiction
Unit 3 Verbs (Revision)
Unit 4 Subject–verb agreements - Informative
Unit 5 Tenses - Puzzle
Unit 6 Adjectives (Revision) - Novel extract
Unit 7 Personal and possessive pronouns (Revision)
Unit 8 Demonstrative pronouns - Web non-fiction
Unit 9 Interrogative pronouns - Novel extract
Unit 10 Adverbs (Part 1) - Recipe
Unit 11 Adverbs (Part 2)
Unit 12 Subjects and verbs
Unit 13 Subjects and predicates - Novel extract
Unit 14 Clauses - Novel extract
Unit 15 Phrases
Unit 16 Statements, questions, commands and exclamations - Novel extract
Unit 17 Simple, compound and complex sentences - Novel extract
Unit 18 Shortened forms - Novel extract
Unit 19 Similes
Unit 20 Metaphors - Fiction
Unit 21 Personification - Short story, Poem
Unit 22 Alliteration and onomatopoeia - World map
Unit 23 Hyperbole - Poems, script
Unit 24 Pardon the pun - Email
Unit 25 Clichés - Advertisement
Unit 26 Spelling rules (Part 1)
Unit 27 Spelling rules (Part 2) - Poem
Unit 28 Spelling rules (Part 3) - Novel extract
Unit 29 The ‘sh’ sound
Revision 1 Units 1–11 - Novel extract
Revision 2 Units 12–18
Revision 3 Units 19–25 - Poem, Fiction
Revision 4 Units 26–29 - Poem

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