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English 8th September

8th Grade English


Reading Fiction

How do stories teach us about human nature?

How can writing be used effectively to analyze literature?

(1) L.8.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
(1) L.8.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
(1) 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.
(1) 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.
(1) 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.
(1) 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.
(1) 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.
(1) SL.8.2 Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
(1) 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.
(1) SL.8.5 Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.

Elements of Fiction

Engage in Collaborative Discussion

Dialogue, Plot, Characterization

Point of View

Engage in Collaborative Discussion


Compare and Contrast Fiction


Write About Literature



Close Reading

Make Predictions

Distinguish between Denotation and Connotation




Dialogue and Plot




Point of View




Think Alouds

Comprehension Check

Respond to Anchor Standard Discussion Questions and Comprehension Check

Make Predictions

Discuss Questions

Close Reading Questions

McDougal Littell Literature

"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" excerpts

"Little Women"

"Striking Out"

"Across the Stars"

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