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Grade 8 English

In English 8, students must read and comprehend grade-level fiction and nonfiction texts. They must also be able to communicate their ideas orally and through written means, with particular emphasis on writing narrative, informational, and argumentative papers. Students read closely, applying reading strategies to compare and contrast texts. In extended responses, students routinely cite evidence to support their analysis of texts. With increased study of the author’s craft, students evaluate not only the writer’s point of view but also the social and historical context of his or her work. Students are required to participate as members of a literate community, discussing literature and writing, and listening respectfully to others.

8th-Grade-English-Syllabus

English-8-Book-Reports

Current CCSS Literary Standards being addressed:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.3
Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.3
Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.9
Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1.d
Establish and maintain a formal style.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Quarter 4

Week of May 10

Monday- assign vocabulary OMS vocab 3 definitions, definitions are part of speech due Tuesday. Read and discuss OMS, review sea turtles, Portuguese Man a War, and dolphin fish.

Tuesday-Sentences due Wednesday

Wednesday- Quiz and reading log due Thursday

Week of April 29

Monday, assign vocabulary:Old Man and the Sea Vocab pages 9-28 defintions, definitions and part of speech due Tuesday.

Week of April 22

Tuesday- Thursday NHSAS testing

Friday- start final draft of project

Week of April 15

Monday- using textual evidence find quotes to prove which characters are dynamic and which are static.

Tuesday- Choose a character to do poster project on and come up with 5 symbols to represent the character, cursive writing practice.

Wednesday- Friday begin and finish rough drafts of project.

Week of April 8

Monday- assign vocabulary:Witness Vocab II and III ppt definitions and part of speech due Tuesday, read and discuss act III.

Tuesday-Friday finish reading Witness, discuss the difference between Static and Dynamic characters. Sentence due Thursday.

 

 

Grade Seven English

In English 7, students must read and comprehend grade level fiction and nonfiction texts. They must also be able to communicate their ideas orally and through written means. Students read closely, applying reading strategies to draw inferences and analyze texts, and integrate outside knowledge in their reflections and discussions of the texts. Not only are students required to determine the main ideas of what they read, but they also need to cite textual evidence to support their argument in extended responses. Understanding author’s craft through studying literary devices, diction, and format is emphasized. Students are required to participate as members of a literate community, discussing literature and writing, and listening respectfully to others.This course will address the following: Are students effectively reading and analyzing texts so that they can coherently formulate a summary based off of main ideas? Can students build and defend a thesis statement that serves as the central focus for an argumentative writing assignment? Can students make connections to texts through either real-life experiences, media sources, or other texts that they have read and are they able to support those connections with ample evidence?

7th-Grade-English Syllabus

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Quarter 4

Week of 4/29

Monday assign vocabulary:The Giver Chapters 1-5 list 1, definitions and part of speech are due Tuesday. Last day to work on final drafts in class.

Tuesday- Begin The Giver

Week of 4/22

Monday- no school

Tuesday-Thursday- write first drafts

Friday- peer eidt

Week of 4/15

Monday-continue argument essay graphic organizers

Tuesday-Thursday- NHSAS testing

Friday- use outline to begin first drafts of essay

Week of 4/8

Monday- assign weekly vocabulary:week 2 def, definitions and part of speech due Tuesday, complete The Outsiders exam, begin introduction to The Giver.

Tuesday-Friday complete various argument essay graphic organizers, learn to write thesis statements, and how how to write a counterclaim

Thursday- Sentences due

Friday- Quiz