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8-ELA Syllabus


8th Grade English Language Arts

Syllabus 2017-2018

Quarter 1

-Poetry

“Invictus” by William Earnest Henley

“Charge of the Light Brigade” by Lord Alfred Tennyson

“If We Must Die” by Claude McKay

-Nonfiction Narratives (The Holocaust)

“All But My Life” excerpt by Gerda Weissman Klein

“from Dairy of Anne Frank” excerpt by Anne Frank

-Novel: Greek/Roman Mythology

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

-Writing

Essay writing plus various paragraph/summary writings

-GPS Practice

Daily Grammar Punctuation Spelling practice

 

Quarter 2

-Fiction: Short Story  

“Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs

“Third Wish” by Joan Aiken

-Novel: Historical Fiction (The Amerian Revolution)

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

-Writing

Essay writing plus short story fiction writing

-GPS Practice

Daily Grammar Punctuation Spelling practice

 

Quarter 3

-Fiction: Short Story Comparison

“The Two Wolves” Cherokee Legend

“The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury

“The Gift of the Magi” by O’ Henry

-Novel: Historical Fiction (Philadephia during the Yellow Fever outbreak)

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

-Writing

Essay writing plus argumentative writing – MLS research

-GPS Practice

Daily Grammar Punctuation Spelling practice

 

Quarter 4

-MAP Testing

-Novel: Historical Fiction (Civil War)

Tracker by Paulsen and The Pearl by Steinbeck

-Fairy Tales: Comparison of Original Fairy Tales, Disney-fied Fairy Tales, and Fairy Tales Retold

“Briar Rose”

“Sleeping Beauty”

“Maleficent”

-Writing

Essay writing plus various paragraph/summary writings

-GPS Practice

Daily Grammar Punctuation Spelling practice