•  8th Grade Language Arts Curriculum Map

    Students will work throughout the year to demonstrate their knowledge and skills through project and performance based learning, labs, individual assessments and collaborative assignments.
     
    Overview:
    • Literary Non-Fictional Reading  and Literary Fictional Reading
    • Expository Reading and Writing
    • Personal Narrative Writing
    • Poetry Reading and Writing
    • Research Paper Writing
    • Persuasive Writing
    • Vocabulary Building

    In depth focus:

    • Knowledge of Literary Elements (e.g. plot, conflict, foreshadowing, symbolism)
    • Non Fictional Reading
    • Abstract Language (e.g. figurative language, theme and irony)
    • Vocabulary building
    • Fictional Novel studies
    • 5 paragraph Essay
    • Research Paper Organization and Writing

     

    Year at a Glance:

    Text: MyPerspectives - Newly Adopted English Language Arts Resource

     

    • Unit 1: What are some milestone on the path to growing up?
      • Narrative Non-Fiction Writing
    • Unit 2: How do we remember the past?
      • Explanatory Writing
    • Unit 3: When is it right to take a stand?
      • Argument Essay Writing and Presentation
    • Unit 4: In what different ways can people be intelligent?
      • Informative Writing and SpeechUnit 5: Are inventions realized through inspiration or perspiration?
      • If time allows:  Argument Essay Writing and Speech

    Novel Studies: The following pieces of literature tie in thematically to a unit of study in MyPerspectives.

    ELA classes:

    The Giver  - Unit 1

    The Diary of Anne Frank (a play adaptation) - Unit 2

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - Unit 2

    Among the Hidden - Unit 3

     

    ALA classes:

    The Giver - Unit 1

    The House on Mango Street - Unit 1 (independent read)

    The Diary of Anne Frank (a play adaptation) - Unit 2

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - Unit 2

    Night - Unit 2 (independent read)

    Farewell to Manzanar - Unit 3