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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.

Week of 11/20/17

Monday- word study- onomatopoeia, quick write, Flocabulary, onomatopoeia assessment, read and discuss chapters 20 and 21 in The Sea of Trolls

Week of 11/13

Monday- assign vocabulary Sea of Trolls Vocabulary Week 6 plus Five Words every 8th Grader Should Know, word study- hyperbole, read and discuss SOT.

Tuesday- review vocabulary, assign KTL cards due Thursday, word study-metaphors vs similes, read and discuss SOT. Reminder book report sign off sheet (quiz grade) is due Friday.

Wednesday- review vocabulary and parts of speech, word study idioms, read and discuss SOT, review book report template. Reminder book report sign off sheet (quiz grade) is due Friday.

Thursday- word study personification, group activity on figurative language, read and discuss SOT- make predictions, discuss historical fiction. KTL cards are due. Reminder book report sign off sheet (quiz grade) is due Friday.

Friday- review for quiz, vocabulary and figurative language quiz, writing prompt, read book report book and work on templates. Book report sign off sheet (quiz grade) is due.

Week of 10/30/17

Monday- assign week vocabulary: SOT Vocabulary list 5

Week of 10/23/17

Monday- assign weekly vocabulary, SOT vocab list 4, definitions and part of speech due Tuesday, complete final drafts of projects.

Tuesday- Review of vocabulary words, introduce KTL cards and model example, complete final drafts and continue reading Sea of Trolls.

Wednesday- BOOK REPORTS DUE, KTL card follow up, discussion of book reports, last day to complete projects, read and discuss Sea of Trolls, identifying similes, imagery, metaphor, and hyperbole. 

Thursday- Complete typing of Beowulf POV essays, collect KTL cards due today, read and discuss Sea of Trolls

Friday- vocabulary quiz

Week of 10/1617

Monday- assign vocabulary: Sea of Trolls vocab week 3, definitions and part of speech due Tuesday, continue our study of literary devices through reading Sea of Trolls.

Tuesday- review vocabulary words, sentences due Thursday, Read Sea of Trolls and find evidence of imagery.

Wednesday- Continue reading Sea of Trolls, begin rough drafts of textual imagery project, citing evidence and explaining the importance of the quote.

Thursday- begin final drafts of projects, review vocabulary

Friday- vocabulary quiz, writing assignment, book reports and, complete rough drafts.

Week of 10/9/17

Monday- no school- teacher workshop day

Tuesday- Assign week 5 vocabulary Sea of Trolls vocab set 2, introduce making connections with the text, read chapter 2 and begin 3.

Wednesday- review vocabulary, assign sentences for homework due tomorrow, review literary, figurative and rhetorical devices (simile, metaphor, idiom, personification, irony, hyberbole, and oxymoron), continue reading chapter 3.

Thursday- collect sentences, imagery lesson, read and discuss chapter 3 and 4, cite evidence from the story of examples of imagery.

Friday- review plot diagram and terms, take vocabulary quizzes, silent read and work on book reports.

Week of 10/2

Monday- assign weekly vocabulary, The Sea of Trolls vocab set 1 definitions and part of speech due Tuesday, introduce writing dialogue, being rough drafts of Beowulf P.O.V essays, begin reading chapter 1 in Sea of Trolls.

Tuesday- review vocabulary, writing prompt, review of writing dialogue, continue writing rough drafts of Beowulf P.O.V essay- if not completed today- bring home to finish.

Wednesday- diagram sentences, lab time to type essays, review the peer edit process. Homework- sentences due Thursday.

Thursday- complete chapter 1 and begin 2, computer lab time to complete essays and work on peer edits and revision.

Friday- vocabulary quiz, review of book report template, silent reading, complete templates and begin rough drafts.

Week of 9/25/17

Monday- review of book report reading responsibilities, assign weekly vocabulary: Teaching the Critical VOCABULARY of the Common Core, Verbs part one- analyze through determine, begin nature journals

Tuesday-review vocabulary, assign sentences/example due Thursday, begin reading Beowulf and answer for study and discussion questions 1-4.

Wednesday- sentence diagrams- subject, verb phrase, helping verb, main verb,. complete reading Beowulf, finish all for study and discussion questions.

Thursday- Introduce Beowulf Point of View Essay, read exemplar previous student essays, begin web

Friday-

-Study vocab

-Vocabulary quiz

-Complete questions for Beowulf

-Complete web for writing assignment

-Independently read and work on book reports

Week of 9/18/17

Monday-Journal writing, week two vocabulary: Top Nouns for the Common Core pt 2 Definitions due Tuesday, Intro to Beowulf cont.- review of kennings and literary devices used in the poem, the writing process- thinking and planning.

Tuesday-Vocabulary review, complete introduction to Beowulf, review homework for the week, journal writing, continue the writing process- thinking and planning, begin rough drafts.

Wednesday- Journal writing, examples/sentences due tomorrow Essential questions: what is the difference between mood and tone and how do we cite evidence from text? Use the RACE method for citing evidence from text as a class. In class follow up activities to address essential questions. 

Thursday- Collect homework, review vocabulary for quiz tomorrow. Use RACE on your own to cite evidence from text. continue rough drafts of the writing process. Review guidelines for peer editing, begin peer editing and final revisions.

Friday- Vocabulary quiz, silent reading, diagramming sentences

 

Grade Seven

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.

Week of 11/20

Monday- review the five dialogue rules, read read chapter 26 and look at text structure of dialogue, take notes on peer editing, review peer edit markings, complete peer edits on rough draft, begin final drafts- due Tuesday, finish for homework.

Week of 11/13

Monday- assign vocabulary: https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/1965129, note-taking- Narrative writing, write book review of Bystander.

Tuesday- review vocabulary, assign KTL cards due Thursday, what is point of view, reread chapter 32, complete top down web of chapter 32 from Eric’s point of view. What is narrative writing?

Wednesday- Complete top down web of chapter 32 from Mr. Connelly’s point of view. What is dialogue? Review 5 dialog rules, look at dialogue from chapter 26. Complete dialogue work sheet for narrative writing.

Thursday- Word study- metaphor vs simile. Begin drafting narrative of chapter 32 from Mr. Connelly’s point of view. KTL cards due.

Friday- vocabulary quiz, compete drafts of narratives, work on book report templates and reading book.

week of 10/30/17

Monday- assign vocabulary vocab 7 bystander chapters 25-30

Week of 10/23/17

Monday- assign weekly vocabulary:Bystander vocabulary 19-24, definitions and part of speech due Tuesday, use context clues to find meaning of vocabulary words, read and answer questions through Chapter 25. Vocab ch 19-24 definitions.

Tuesday- Review vocabulary, introduce KTL cards and model an example, read and discuss chapters 26 and 27. Begin KTL cards.

Wednesday- Admit ticket- making inferences based on chapter titles, BOOK REPORTS DUE, review questions on KTL cards, read and make inferences/predictions based on chapter 28 and 29, begin questions for chapters 26-28.

Thursday- Collect late book reports and KTL cards due today, review nouns, verbs and adjectives through song, create prior knowledge and inferences pop up puzzles in notebooks, review definitions of prior knowledge and inferences, continue questions, 25-29.

Friday- Vocabulary quiz

 

Week of 10/16/17

Monday- assign weekly vocabulary:ch 13-18 vocab defintions, continue comprehension questions chapters 13-17.

Tuesday- review vocabulary, assign sentences due Thursday, read chapters 18 and 19, complete questions.

Wednesday-review book report template, read chapters 20-21- make predictions, focus on idioms and similes.

Thursday- read chapters 22-24 complete questions, study vocabulary words

Friday- vocabulary quiz, answer all questions through chapter 22.

Week of 10/9/17

Monday- no school- teacher workshop

Tuesday-Assign weekly vocabulary: 7th Grade Week 5 Vocabulary, Homework due Wednesday, definitions and part of speech. Introduce making connections with the text, and read and discuss chapters 13 and 14.

Wednesday- review vocabulary, assign sentences for homework due tomorrow, review literary, figurative and rhetorical devices (simile, metaphor, idiom, personification, irony, hyberbole, and oxymoron) Write one example of each on your own.

Thursday- collect sentences, read and discuss chapters 15-16, review vocabulary words

Friday- Read chapter 17, answer comprehension questions, take vocabulary quizzes.

Week of 10/2/17

Monday- Introduce week four vocabulary, Vocabulary Week 4 definitions and part of speech due Tuesday, read chapter 6 and answer comprehension questions, continue to diagram sentences.

Tuesday- Journal prompt, review vocabulary terms, read chapters 7-9 in Bystander, begin comprehension questions.

Wednesday- complete comprehension questions for chapter 7-9, Introduction to interrogative and declarative sentences, begin argument writing- is it Eric’s responsibility to intervene when he sees Griffin Bullying David? Group work to think about the question, before we start to plan our responses.

Thursday- continue argument writing from yesterday, read chapter 10, begin 11, and complete questions for chapter 10

Friday- complete reading chapters 11 and 12, take vocabulary quiz, complete questions for 10-12, and silent read.

Week of 9/25/17

Monday- review book reports and reading responsibilities, assign vocabulary: Week 3 vocabulary ppt 7th grade, definitions for homework due Tuesday, introduction to nature journals.

Tuesday-review vocabulary words, assign sentences/examples due Thursday, begin introduction to Bystander , complete anticipation guide, read chapter one and begin comprehension questions.

Wednesday- complete chapter one questions, review citing evidence from text, read chapter 2 and 3- begin chapter 2 and 3 comprehension questions.

Thursday- complete chapter 2 and 3 questions, read chapters 4-5, discuss characterization, begin comprehension questions chapters 4-5.

Friday-

-Study vocab

-Vocabulary quiz

-Complete questions for chapters 2-5

-Complete vocabulary sentences

-Independently read and work on book reports

 

Monday

Week Two Vocab Week 2 Vocabulary

Finish writing process 

Review Presentation Skills

Homework: Practice Presentation. Vocabulary examples due Thursday 9/21

Tuesday

Informative Writing Presentations

Go over Book Report-choose book

Diagramming Sentences

Homework: Book Report Form due Friday 9/22 and Vocabulary examples due Thursday 9/21

Wednesday

Continue Diagramming Sentences

Citing textual evidence

 

Thursday-

 Continue Citing Textual Evidence

Homework: Book Report Form and Vocabulary examples due Friday 9/22

 

Friday-

Week 2 Quiz

Silent Reading

No Homework