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8th Grade Literature & Language Arts

Welcome to 8th Grade Literature and Language Arts


The Literature and Language Arts curriculum has been designed to emphasize the connection between reading and writing and is in the process of being aligned with the Common Core State Standards.  In order to help students develop better communication skills through reading, writing, speaking, and listening, a variety of techniques are used throughout the year to guide students in the practice of these different forms of communication.

Overarching Theme: "The Power of One"

Literature Curriculum

Novel Units: 
That was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton
The Shadow Club by Neil Shusterman
Chew On This by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson
Legend by Marie Lu
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Text Book Units: 
“Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes
"The Diary of Anne Frank" (drama, play) by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett 

Literature Units: 
Reading Strategies & Literary Elements
Short Stories:
-"The Soul of Caliban" by Emma Lindsay-Squire
-"The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
-"The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs
-"The Landlady" by Roald Dahl
-"Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl
Literary Genres

Common Core Focus:
Key ideas and details
Craft and structure
Integration of knowledge and ideas
Range of reading and level of text complexity
Research to build and present knowledge
Comprehension and collaboration 
Vocabulary acquisition and use

Language Arts Curriculum

Writing Units: 
The Writing Process  
6+1 Traits of Writing
Narrative Writing  
Argumentative Writing 
-Poetic Devices
-Poetic Forms

Expository/Research Paper Unit (Problem-Solution)
Charity Awareness (Mini Research/Persuasive Unit)
Middle School Memories ABC Book

Grammar Units: 
Parts of Speech 
Words Often Confused
Standard Usage
Subject-Verb Agreement
Sentence Structure 

Common Core Focus:
Text Types and Purposes
Production and Distribution of Writing
Range of Writing
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Conventions of Standard English
Knowledge of Language
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