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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 & Language Arts Units: 
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Literature Textbook: (Access Code: CF87DF1104)Literature Online Textbook 
Language Arts Books:
Write Source Book(View models of student writing)
Writer's Style Handbook

Cross-Curricular Units:
Patriot Day: Remembering September 11th 
 - Patriot Day Articles

The Holocaust/ "The Diary of Anne Frank"

      Literature Curriculum

      Novel Units: 
      That was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton
      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 
      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
      -Text structure and text features 

      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 

      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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