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Grade 8 English Course Outline

Grade 8 English Course Outline

This course adheres to the Common Core Standards for 8th grade English. The course has goals for the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language in an effort to make students able to read and write confidently in all subject areas.

In the area of reading students will be able to determine the main idea of a text and analyze the text using specific lines from the text and/or dialogue add to the story and support their analysis. The students will continue to practice using context clues to determine the meanings of words, but will also learn to use these clues to deduce figurative or connotative meanings. They will also learn to compare two different types of texts and discuss how those differences impact the meaning of the texts. Point of view will be understood as a way to change the connotations of a text.

After completing this course students should be able to read and understand various types of literature appropriate for their grade level. In the area of writing the students will become adept at writing argumentative, informative, narrative, and research essays. They will learn to use clear and easy to understand writing with style and function appropriate to their topic. The students will learn how to revise and improve their writing using guidance from peers. The students will learn to research topics using valid and varied sources to gather important information. The proper use of citations and paraphrasing will be emphasized. The students will learn to use texts they have read in order to support their opinions and arguments in a logical way. To improve their speaking and listening skills students will learn to effectively engage in collaborative discussions and analyze information presented in various media and formats. They will learn to evaluate the soundness of reasoning in a speaker’s argument and claims.

Students will also learn to present their own claims and arguments in logical and coherent ways. They will be able to show a command of formal English language in order to support their claims. Throughout their writing and speaking students will demonstrate their command of English grammar and writing conventions.

LANGUAGE ARTS –EIGHTH GRADE

1- Introduction

  • Welcome
  • Plagiarism
  • Plagiarism Discussion
  • Pretest
  • Assignment: Pretest
  • MLA Formatting
  • MLA Citation
  • MLA Incorporating Sources
  • MLA Citation Updates
  • Course Novels

2- Verbs, Essay Writing, Little Women

  • Vocabulary
  • Quiz: Chapter 1 Vocabulary
  • Action & Linking Verbs
  • Helping Verbs
  • Verb Tense
  • Verb Tense Continued
  • Irregular Verbs
  • Handout: Verbs
  • Assignment: Verbs
  • Verbals
  • Five Paragraph Essay
  • Essay: 5 Paragraph Paper
  • Little Women
  • Handout: Little Women Reading Plan
  • Handout: Little Women Reading Comprehension Questions
  • Worksheet: Little Women Reading Comprehension
  • Little Women Character Analysis
  • Handout: Little Women Character Analysis Outline
  • Assignment: Little Women Character Analysis Outline
  • Little Women Character Analysis Drafting
  • Handout: Little Women Character Analysis Rough Draft
  • Assignment: Little Women Character Analysis Rough Draft
  • Essay: Little Women Character Analysis Final Draft

3- Context Clues, Nouns, Non-Fiction, Writing Process

  • Vocabulary
  • Handout: Chapter 2 Vocabulary
  • Assignment: Chapter 2 Vocabulary
  • Context Clues
  • Common & Proper Nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Handout: Nouns & Pronouns
  • Assignment: Nouns & Pronouns
  • Reading Non-fiction
  • The Effects of Removal on American Indian Trbes
  • Handout: Article: Effects of Removal on American Indian Tribes
  • Handout: Effects of Removal on American Indians
  • Assignment: American Indians: Section 1
  • Assignment: American Indians: Section 2
  • Assignment: American Indians: Section 3
  • Assignment: American Indians: Section 4
  • Assignment: American Indians: Section 5
  • The Writing Process: Prewriting
  • Assignment: Pre-Writing Practice

4- Adjectives, Compare and Contrast, Science and Technology

  • Vocabulary
  • Handout: Chapter 3 Vocabulary
  • Assignment: Chapter 3 Vocabulary
  • Adjectives
  • Comparing Nouns with Adjectives
  • Worksheet: Adjectives
  • How to Compare and Contrast
  • Handout: Compare & Contrast Outline
  • Assignment: Compare & Contrast Outline
  • Essay: Compare and Contrast
  • Analyzing Science & Technology
  • Handout: Recipe for a Hurricane Article
  • Handout: Recipe for a Hurricane
  • Handout: Invention of the Telescope
  • Assignment: Mercury’s Magnetic Features
  • Assignment: Recipe for a Hurricane: Section 1
  • Assignment: Recipe for a Hurricane: Section 2
  • Assignment: Invention of Telescope: Section 1
  • Assignment: Invention of Telescope: Section 2

5- Adverbs, Treasure Island, Literary Devices

  • Vocabulary
  • Quiz: Chapter 4 Vocabulary
  • Adverbs
  • Handout: Adverbs
  • Assignment: Adverbs
  • Treasure Island
  • Handout: Treasure Island Reading Plan
  • Handout: Treasure Island Reading Comprehension Questions
  • Assignment: Treasure Island Reading Comprehension
  • Treasure Island Compare Contrast Essay
  • Handout: Treasure Island Leadership Chart
  • Essay: Treasure Island Compare/Contrast Rough Draft
  • Essay: Treasure Island Compare/Contrast Final Draft
  • Assignment: Treasure Island Leadership Chart
  • Literary Devices
  • Quiz: Literary Devices
  • Imagery
  • Quiz: Imagery
  • Assignment: Keeper

6- Affixes, Prepositions, Object Pronouns, Drama

  • Vocabulary
  • Handout: Chapter 5 Vocabulary
  • Assignment: Chapter 5 Vocabulary
  • Affixes
  • Handout: Affixes Vocabulary
  • Assignment: Affixes
  • Prepositions
  • Essay: Prepositions
  • Object Pronouns
  • Worksheet: Prepositions
  • Drama
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • Handout: The Taming of the Shrew
  • Assignment: Taming of the Shrew

7- Sentence Types, Transitions, Tom Sawyer, Research Paper

  • Vocabulary
  • Handout: Chapter 6 Vocabulary
  • Assignment: Chapter 6 Vocabulary
  • Parts of a Simple Sentence
  • Worksheet: Parts of a Simple Sentence
  • Kinds of Sentences
  • Essay: A Lesson Learned
  • Transitions
  • Quiz: Transitions
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Handout: Tom Sawyer Reading Plan
  • Handout: Tom Sawyer Reading Questions
  • Assignment: Tom Sawyer Reading Questions
  • Writing a Research Paper
  • Handout: Tom Sawyer Research Paper options
  • Essay: Tom Sawyer Topic Choice
  • Step 1: Find Information
  • Assignment: Sources
  • Step 2: Summarize Information
  • Assignment: Detailed Sources
  • Step 3: Organize Your Thoughts
  • Assignment: Outline
  • Citing Sources & Works Cited Page
  • Handout: Internal Citations
  • Assignment: Works Cited Practice
  • Step 4: Complete a Rough Draft
  • Assignment: Rough Draft
  • Step 5: Finalize Your Draft
  • Essay: Tom Sawyer Research Paper
  • Midtest
  • Assignment: Midtest

8- Conjunctions, Sentences, Helen Keller, Memoir

  • Vocabulary
  • Handout: Chapter 7 Vocabulary
  • Assignment: Chapter 7 Vocabulary
  • Conjunctions
  • Worksheet: Conjunctions
  • Essay: Thinking in a New Way
  • Compound Sentences
  • Worksheet: Making the Connection with Conjunctions
  • The Story of My Life
  • Handout: The Story of My Life Questions Part 1
  • Handout: The Story of My Life Questions Part 2
  • Handout: Book Vs. Film Notes Organizer
  • Assignment: The Story of My Life Questions Part 1
  • Assignment: The Story of My Life Questions Part 2
  • Assignment: Book vs. Film Notes Organizer
  • Essay: The Story of My Life
  • What is a Memoir?
  • Writing Your Own Memoir
  • Assignment: Memoir Topics
  • Brainstorming and Drafting a Memoir
  • Handout: 6+1 Rubric
  • Essay: Memoir Draft
  • Finishing Your Memoir
  • Assignment: Memoir Final

9- Clauses and Phrases, Reading Strategies, Story Elements

  • Vocabulary
  • Quiz: Chapter 8 Vocabulary
  • Independent vs. Dependent Clauses
  • Worksheet: Independent vs. Dependent Clauses
  • Clauses vs. Phrases
  • Essay: One-of-a-Kind Friend
  • Reading Strategies
  • Handout: The Ransom of Red Chief
  • Voice and Point of View
  • Assignment: The Grasshopper and the Ant
  • Methods of Characterizations
  • Worksheet: Characterization Practice
  • Story Elements
  • Worksheet: Reading Strategies: The Ransom of Red Chief
  • Discovering Plot
  • Assignment: Discovering Plot

10- Commas, Themes, Tolerance

  • Vocabulary
  • Handout: Chapter 9 Vocabulary
  • Assignment: Chapter 9 Vocabulary
  • Commas, Part 1
  • Handout: Out to Lunch
  • Assignment: Out to Lunch
  • Commas, Part 2
  • Handout: Commas in the Right Places
  • Assignment: Commas in the Right Places
  • What is a Theme?
  • Tolerance as a Universal Theme
  • Essay: Tolerance Theme
  • Tolerance in Literature: Harlem Renaissance
  • Tolerance in Science and History
  • Tolerance Novel Project
  • Essay: Tolerance Novel Choice
  • Essay: Tolerance Novel Journals
  • Tolerance Novel Research Paper
  • Essay: Tolerance Research Topic Journal
  • Essay: Tolerance Novel Research Paper

11- Punctuation, Figures of Speech, Poetry

  • Vocabulary
  • Handout: Chapter 10 Vocabulary
  • Assignment: Chapter 10 Vocabulary
  • Punctuation: Ending a Sentence
  • Essay: A Learning Experience
  • Semicolon, Colon, Quotation Marks
  • Quiz: Punctuation
  • Ellipsis Marks
  • Figures of Speech: Introduction
  • Figures of Speech: Verbal Irony
  • Figures of Speech: Metaphors
  • Quiz: Metaphor
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Determination in Poetry
  • Essay: Comparing Poetry
  • Writing Poetry
  • Assignment: Writing Poetry

12- Sentences, Voice, How-To Writing

  • Vocabulary and Mood
  • Handout: The Tell-Tale Heart
  • Handout: Chapter 11 Vocabulary
  • Assignment: Chapter 11 Vocabulary
  • Essay: A Tell-Tale Heart Mood
  • Sentence Fragments
  • Handout: Spring Carnival
  • Assignment: Spring Carnival
  • Run-On Sentences
  • Worksheet: Run-On Sentences
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Worksheet: Active and Passive Voice
  • Social Justice Independent Novel
  • Handout: Social Justice Book Report
  • Assignment: Social Justice Independent Novel Journals
  • Assignment: Social Justice Book Report
  • How-To Writing
  • Essay: How to Essay Draft
  • Characteristics of How-To Writing
  • Recipe for Witches Brew
  • Handout: Procedural Writing Chart
  • Assignment: Procedural Writing Chart
  • Revising the How-To Writing
  • How-To Presentation
  • Handout: How-to Storyboard
  • Handout: How-To Rubric
  • Assignment: How-To Final Draft
  • Assignment: How-To Presentation

13- Persuasion, Citations, Connotation and Denotation

  • What is Persuasion?
  • Handout: Persuasion Practice
  • Assignment: Persuasion Practice
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Citing Evidence
  • Essay topics
  • Essay: Essay Topic
  • Persuasive Essay Format
  • Handout: Persuasive Essay Source Organizer
  • Handout: Sample Persuasive Essay
  • Essay: Persuasive Essay Thesis
  • Assignment: Persuasive Essay Sources
  • Connotation and Denotation
  • Assignment: Persuasive Essay
  • Post-test
  • Assignment: Post-test

14- Course Survey

  • Course Survey
  • Handout: Course Survey
  • Assignment: Course Survey
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