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8th Grade Literature & Language Arts

Welcome to 8th Grade Literature and Language Arts

Objectives

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"

Current Unit: 

Literature


Language Arts

    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
    Nonfiction 

    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 
    Poetry:
    -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 
    Punctuation 
    Capitalization 
    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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