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English 8th December

English 8 It's a Wonderful Life and Historical Texts



Reading Historical Texts

How do great stories begin?

How do historical texts help us to understand our world today?

(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.8.6 Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
(1) RL.8.7 Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.
(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.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.e Seek to understand other perspectives and cultures and communicate effectively with audiences or individuals from varied backgrounds.
(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.8.2.a Use their experience and their knowledge of language and logic, as well as culture, to think analytically, address problems creatively, and advocate persuasively.

Text structure: Cause and Effect

Compare and Contrast Texts

Engage in Collaborative Discussion

Domain-Specific Vocabulary

Visual Information

Identify and Analyze Film Elements

Analyze Plot in Film

letter writing

Design a Web Quest















Collaborative Web Quest

Comprehension Check


Bailey never realized the impact his life had on the lives around him. Students will write a description of (or tribute to) a person who has made a positive difference in
their life.

Recalling the disasters and eventual triumph of George’s Christmas Eve, students will describe a turning point in their life, a day full of unexpected developments,
or an event that could have had a very different outcome—and reflect on how
that has changed them.

Edgar Allen Poe Poem "The Bells"," Annabel Lee"

Robert Frost "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

e.e. Cummings "Little Tree"

T.S. Eliot "Defense of the Islands"

To Be or Not To Be" Hamlet's Soliloquy

Film: It's a Wonderful Life

Mc Dougall Littell Literature Book Grade 8

Aesop's Fables

Marketing Slogans: "Cleaniness is next to godliness

Latin Phrases:Semper Fi, E Pluribus Unum

Tom Sawyer (reference)




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