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English 8th March

8th Grade



  •   Authors  use the structure of texts to create style and convey meaning.
  •   Authors  use allusions to layer deeper meaning in the text.

How does taking a stand in small ways show integrity?

  •   Is it worth taking a stand for one’s self? For others?
  •   What do   we know that Scout doesn’t?
  •   How   does the idea of taking a stand connect to the dramatic irony and Scout’s   perspective?
(1) ELA.8.R.1 Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding.
(1) ELA.8.R.2 Students will read, write, listen, and speak for literary response and expression.
(1) ELA.8.R.3 Students will read, write, listen, and speak for critical analysis and evaluation.
(1) ELA.8.R.4 Students will read, write, listen, and speak for social interaction.
(1) W.8.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • Rely on context to determine meanings of words and phrases
  • Identify main ideas and their supporting details
  • Understand literary terms such as symbolism
  • Produce summaries of texts by identifying main ideas and their supporting details
  • Analyze text to dertimine motif
  • Draw inferences
  • Analyze text to determine tone
  • Describe and analyze the development of plot and identify conflicts and how they are addressed and resolved
  • Identify conflicts and how they are addressed and solved
  • Use elements of text to defend and clarify
  • understand paradox



seek information from
We were far too old to settle an argument with a fist-fight, so we  consulted Atticus.
  • unsullied
    spotlessly clean and fresh
    Atticus's office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an  unsullied Code of Alabama.
  • satisfactory
    meeting requirements
    Jem and I found our father  satisfactory: he played with us, read to us, and treated us with courteous detachment.
  • tyrannical
    characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty
    She had been with us ever since Jem was born, and I had felt her  tyrannical presence as long as I could remember.
  • absence
    failure to be present
    Our mother died when I was two, so I never felt her  absence.
  • revelation
    an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
    Dill had seen Dracula, a  revelation that moved Jem to eye him with the beginning of respect.
  • concede
    be willing to concede
    It was all right to shut him up, Mr. Radley  conceded, but insisted that Boo not be charged with anything: he was not a criminal.
  • employ
    put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
    Nobody knew what form of intimidation Mr. Radley  employed to keep Boo out of sight, but Jem figured that Mr. Radley kept him chained to the bed most of the time.
  • decline
    refuse to accept
    In all his life, Jem had never  declined a dare.
  • foray
    a sudden short attack
    Jem threw open the gate and sped to the side of the house, slapped it with his palm and ran back past us, not waiting to see if his  foray was successful.
  • miserable
    very unhappy; full of misery
    We saw him off on the five o'clock bus and I was  miserable without him until it occurred to me that I would be starting to school in a week.
  • condescend
    do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
    Jem  condescended to take me to school the first day, a job usually done by one's parents, but Atticus had said Jem would be delighted to show me where my room was.
  • compel
    force somebody to do something
    Now that I was  compelled to think about it, reading was something that just came to me, as learning to fasten the seat of my union suit without looking around, or achieving two bows from a snarl of shoelaces.
  • expound
    add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
    Atticus was  expounding upon farm problems when Walter interrupted to ask if there was any molasses in the house.
  • erratic
    liable to sudden unpredictable change
    She was furious, and when she was furious Calpurnia's grammar became  erratic.
  • contradict
    prove negative; show to be false
    "There's some folks who don't eat like us," she whispered fiercely, "but you ain't called on to  contradict 'em at the table when they don't.
  • humiliation
    strong feelings of embarrassment
    I retrieved my plate and finished dinner in the kitchen, thankful, though, that I was spared the  humiliation of facing them again.
  • amiable
    diffusing warmth and friendliness
    He waited in  amiable silence, and I sought to reinforce my position: "You never went to school and you do all right, so I'll just stay home too.
  • exclusive
    not divided or shared with others
    He said that the Ewells were members of an  exclusive society made up of Ewells.
  • withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
    I stood on tiptoe, hastily looked around once more, reached into the hole, and  withdrew two pieces of chewing gum minus their outer wrappers.
  • unanimous
    in complete agreement
    Mrs. Dubose lived two doors up the street from us; neighborhood opinion was  unanimous that Mrs. Dubose was the meanest old woman who ever lived.
  • arbitrate
    act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
    Jem  arbitrated, awarded me first push with an extra time for Dill, and I folded myself inside the tire.
  • inquisitive
    showing curiosity
    If he wanted to stay inside his own house he had the right to stay inside free from the attentions of  inquisitive children, which was a mild term for the likes of us.
  • peculiar
    beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
    What Mr. Radley did might seem  peculiar to us, but it did not seem  peculiar to him.
  • ramshackle
    in deplorable condition
    The back of the Radley house was less inviting than the front: a  ramshackle porch ran the width of the house; there were two doors and two dark windows between the doors.

Taking a Stand: Frayer Model

Answer Text-Dependent Questions

Think-Write- Pair Share -graphic organizer

Structured Notes

Mid-Unit 1 Assessment: Analyzing Excerpts of
Lyndon Johnson’s Speech “The Great Society” (RI.8.2, RI.8.5, and RI.8.6)

  •   Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (New York: Warner Books, 1982), ISBN:   978-0-446-31486-2.
  •   Shirley Chisholm, “Equal Rights for Women,”   speech made on May 21, 1969.
  •   Sojourner Truth, “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech   made in May 1851.
  •   Lyndon Johnson, “The Great Society,” speech   made on May 22, 1964.
  •   To Kill   a Mockingbird, film directed by Robert Mulligan (and starring Gregory   Peck), 1962.
  •   Robert Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays,” 1966.
  •   Countee Cullen, “Incident,” 1925.
  •   Ella Wheeler Wilcox, “Solitude,” 1883.


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