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English 8th November

English 8th Grade


Reading Literary Nonfiction and Fiction

How are true stories important in understanding significant events of the past?

(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.
(1) RI.8.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
(1) 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.
(1) RI.8.3 Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
(1) 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.
(1) RI.8.5 Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept.
(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.8.1.a Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
(1) SL.8.1.b Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
(1) SL.8.1.c Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others' questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
(1) SL.8.1.d Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.
(1) SL.8.1.e Seek to understand other perspectives and cultures and communicate effectively with audiences or individuals from varied backgrounds.
(1) SL.8.5 Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
  • Inference
  • Conclusion
  • Main Idea and Supporting Details
  • Summary
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Word Choice and Tone
  • Connotation and Denotion
  • Context Clues
  • Figurative vs. Literal Language
  • Engage in Collaboration and Discussion

Vocabulary words that appear in the passages

Rev-it up vocabulary workbook


 Reading assessments: text-based answers.


Writing assessments: writing from sources.


Academic vocabulary, particularly determining words in context.



Assessments designed to be opportunities to practice the types of skills needed on state assessments.


Selected response (multiple-choice questions)


Short constructed-response (short-answer questions of the type that is scored using the New York State 2-point rubric)


Extended response (longer writing or essays of the type that is scored using the New York State 4-point rubric) (either on-demand or supported)


Speaking and listening (discussion or oral presentation)


Scaffolded essay (involving planning, drafting, and revision) 

Reading Comprehnsion

  • An Unbreakable Code
  • Bridges with a History
  • Brave Bessie Coleman

Comprehension Checks

Entrance?Exit Tickets

Group Discussions and Questions


Answers Supported with Details


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Inside Out and Back Again

Common Core Coach English Language 8

McDougal Littell Literature


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