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English Language Arts

Welcome to the 2018-19 academic year.  Each of the three middle school grade levels are working through vocabulary and grammar in addition to the following units of study:

8th Grade

Stickeen

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • Identify character development in non fiction
  • Identify and analyze figurative Language including allusion
  • Utilize annotation techniques to analyze the book

The Outsiders

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • Analyze difference and similarities between a book and movie, then evaluate their effectiveness.
  • identify and connect theme. Cite examples of where the theme is fulfilled
  • develop college and work readiness by creating a resume and writing business letters
  • Use themes in music to connect with themes in a book

Speech

Students will evaluate reasons why public speaking is an important skill:

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • Identify the use of rhetoric in a speech.
  • Identify and utilize effective physical speaking characteristics
  • Write a persuasive speech addressing the prompt they have selected.

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7th

Al Capone Does My Shirts

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • Identify key plot events that cause change in a character
  • Cite textual evidence that support inferences
  • Describe how setting impacts plot and character development
  • Compare and contrast how an the author uses history to create a fictitious story.

Hatchet and Guts (or My Life in Dog Years)

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • Identify key plot events that cause change in a character
  • Cite textual evidence that support inferences
  • Describe how setting impacts plot and character development
  • Analyze how a writer’s personal experiences impacts his/her development of characters in a fictitious format.

Poetry

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • Identify and define the elements of poetry such as stanza, line, meter, etc.
  • identify the characteristics of different types of poetry
  • Create original works using the format of odes, narratives and concrete poetry

Debate

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • conduct research on a topic to identify key issues related to the topic
  • predict, analyze and rebut arguments on both sides of an issue
  • argue effectively for the assigned issue in front of the class
  • work collaboratively with a partner to present agreed upon arguments.

The Giver

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

6th Grade

The Phantom Tollbooth

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • Identify

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • Identify

Newscasts

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • Identify

Heroes, Ancient and Modern: Adventures of Odysseus and a Book Report/Wax Museum

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • Identify

Wonder

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • Identify

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8th Grade Commitment Creed