8th Grade ELA

COURSE OVERVIEW*

Reading & Literature


1st Trimester
Units of Study
Literary Elements Review: Various Short Stories
Communication & Human Connection: The Miracle Worker, "Flowers for Algernon"
Understanding Perspectives: Boxers & Saints
Analysis & Writing
Close Reading, Text Annotation, Two-Column Notes, Lit Analysis Writing Rules, Schaffer Paragraphs
Outside Reading
Goal Deadline 11/14, Book Report

2nd Trimester
Units of Study
The Power of Literature: A Christmas Carol
The Power of One: To Kill a Mockingbird
Poetry
Analysis & Writing
Schaffer Essay Model, Socratic Seminar
Outside Reading
Goal Deadline 3/5, Book Report

3rd Trimester
Units of Study
Poetry cont.
Humor & Satire
WWII, Holocaust Lit Circles, The Diary of Anne Frank Play

Analysis & Writing
Schaffer Synthesis Essay, Fishbowl
Outside Reading
Goal Deadline 5/17, Lit Circles Book Report

English & Language Arts

1st Trimester
Writing
Process, Six Traits
MLA Format & Citation, Research, Personal Essay
Grammar
POS & Sentence Review, Verbs
Capitalization, Comma, Apostrophe, Quotes
Vocabulary
WB Lessons 1-10
Reference Materials, Context Clues, Commonly Confused Words
Speaking
Meaningful Group Discussion, Elements of Delivery, Debate

2nd Trimester
Writing
Craft, Elaboration Methods, Rhetorical Devices
Argument, Narrative, Memoir
Grammar
Verbals, Parallel Structure, Sentence Variation
Colon, Semicolon, Dash, Parentheses, Hyphen, Ellipsis, Numbers
Vocabulary
WB Lessons 11-20
Prefixes & Suffixes, Analogies
Speaking
Modes of Speaking, Socratic Seminar

3rd Trimester
Writing
Persuasion, Poetry, ROPE
Grammar
Case, Reference, Agreement, Modifier Placement
Review
Vocabulary
WB Lessons 21-30
Roots
Speaking
Poetry Reading, Fishbowl, ROPE Presentations

*Tentative. Subject to change.