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March / April

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Grade 8 Motto

"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." - Michael Jordan.

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December / January / February

Reading Information


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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 8.1 I can cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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 8.2 I can determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas

RI 8.2 I can provide an objective summary of the text.

RI 8.3 I can analyze connections and distinctions between individuals, events, and/or ideas in a text. (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories)

RI RL 8.4 I can determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings

RI RL 8.4 I can analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

RI 8.5 I can analyze in detail the structure of a paragraph in a text to explain how particular sentences develop and refine a key concept / idea.

RI 8.6 I can define point-of-view as how the author feels about the situation/topic of the text.

Ri 8.7 I can analyze the information presented in a variety of media and formats.

Vocabulary
I can deconstruct unknown word meaning through context clue analysis and Greek and Latin affixes and roots.


Writing

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1a Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1b Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1c Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1d Establish and maintain a formal style.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1e Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
I can support my argument with textual evidence found in credible sources.

I can compose a clear and logical piece of writing that demonstrates my understanding of a specific writing style.

I can compose a clear and logical piece of writing that demonstrates my understanding of a specific writing style and include textual evidence to strengthen my analysis, reflection, and/or research

I can gather credible evidence, use citations correctly, and incorporate technology to produce short and extended time frame research.

Language
I can participate in a collaborative discussion and support my claims and/or findings with textual evidence.

I can effectively use the correct conventions of language in my speaking and writing.


October / November


Grade 8

November: NaNoWriMo

Reading Literature

Key Ideas and Details
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.

Craft and Structure

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.5 Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

Writing



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

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3a 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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3d Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.

September/ October / November

Reading Literature

RL 8.1 I can determine key ideas and details (textual evidence, theme, analysis, setting, plot).

RI 8.2  I can compose an objective summary stating the key points of the text without adding my own feelings or opinions

RL 8.3 I can analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of (explain the traits of ) a character, or provoke a decision.

RL 8.4 I can distinguish between literal and figurative language

RL 8.4 can analyze why authors choose specific words to evoke a particular meaning or tone.

RL 8.5 I can compare and contrast and analyze different texts.

RL 8.6 I can 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.


Reading Information


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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 8.1 I can cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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 8.2 I can determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas

RI 8.2 I can provide an objective summary of the text.

RI 8.3 I can analyze connections and distinctions between individuals, events, and/or ideas in a text. (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories)

RI RL 8.4 I can determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings

RI RL 8.4 I can analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

RI 8.5 I can analyze in detail the structure of a paragraph in a text to explain how particular sentences develop and refine a key concept / idea.

RI 8.6 I can define point-of-view as how the author feels about the situation/topic of the text.

Ri 8.7 I can analyze the information presented in a variety of media and formats.

Vocabulary
I can deconstruct unknown word meaning through context clue analysis and Greek and Latin affixes and roots.


Writing
I can support my argument with textual evidence found in credible sources.

I can compose a clear and logical piece of writing that demonstrates my understanding of a specific writing style.

I can compose a clear and logical piece of writing that demonstrates my understanding of a specific writing style and include textual evidence to strengthen my analysis, reflection, and/or research

I can gather credible evidence, use citations correctly, and incorporate technology to produce short and extended time frame research.

Language
I can participate in a collaborative discussion and support my claims and/or findings with textual evidence.

I can effectively use the correct conventions of language in my speaking and writing.


Reading Literature -- Nanowrimo

NaNoWriMo

Key Ideas and Details


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.

Craft and Structure

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.5 Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

Writing


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.

I can gather relevant -- important to my topic -- information from many sources. I can use search terms effectively. I can asses the the truthfulness of each source (credible, accurate). I can quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others without plagiarizing. I can follow a a format for citing my sources.


NANOWRIMO


Language:


Writing



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

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3a 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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3d Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.



November: NaNoWriMo


Reading Literature

Key Ideas and Details
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.

Craft and Structure

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.5 Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

Writing



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

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3a 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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3d Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
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