• English 8

     

    Teachers, click here to access your working copy of the curriculum.

     

    Unit 1: Informational Reading and Writing

    Priority Standards

    RL.RI.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.  

    RL.RI.8.2: Determine a central idea (or theme) of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.  

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

    W.8.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.  

    1. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.  
    2. Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.  
    3. Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.  
    4. Use precise language and domain specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.  
    5. Establish and maintain a formal style.  
    6. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.  

     

    Unit 2: Research

    Priority Standards

    RI.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.  

    RI.8.2: Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.  

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

    W.8.8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.  

     

    Unit 3: Argument Skills

    Priority Standards

    RI.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. 

    RI.8.2: Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text. 

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

    W.8.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. 

    1. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
    2. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
    3. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
    4. Establish and maintain a formal style.
    5. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented. 

    RI.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. 

    RI.8.2:Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text. 

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

    W.8.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. 

    1. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically. 
    2. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. 
    3. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence. 
    4. Establish and maintain a formal style. 
    5. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented. 

     

    SL.8.3:Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and relevance and sufficiency of the evidence and identifying when irrelevant evidence is introduced. 

    SL.8.4:Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation. 

    SL.8.5: Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest 

    SL.8.6: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.  

     L.8.1:Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.  

    1. Explain the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) in general and their function in particular sentences.  
    2. Form and use verbs in the active and passive voice.  
    3. Form and use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood.  
    4. Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.* 

    L.8.2:Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.  

    1. Use punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break.  
    2. Use an ellipsis to indicate an omission.  
    3. Spell correctly.  

     

    Unit 4: Narrative and Literary Skills

    Priority Standards

    RL.8.1-RI.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. 

    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.

    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. 

    W.8.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.  

    1. Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.  
    2. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.  
    3. Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another, and show the relationships among experiences and events.  
    4. Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
    5. Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events. 
Picture of the cover of the 8th Grade MyPerspectives Textbook

  • Approved Resources

    District-Adopted Textbook

    MyPerpsectives (anthology and online resources)

     

    District-Approved Novels (titles will vary by building) 

    And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

    April Morning by Howard Fast

    Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Brian Mealer

    The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona  Golabek

    The Diary of Anne Frank (Drama in MP Anthology) by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett

    The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

    I, Juan de Pareja by Sandra Cisneros

    Inside Out and Back Again by Thanna Lai

    The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick

    Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer 

    Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt

    Nothing But the Truth by Avi

    Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain

    Refugee by Alan Gratz

    The Running Dream  by Wendelin VanDraanen

    Save Queen of Sheba by Louise Moeri

    Shabanu by Suzanne Staples

    Strong Inside: The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball's Color Line by Andrew Maraniss

    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bardley

    Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

    Two Old Women by Velma Asllis

    Undefeated: Jm Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin