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8th Grade ELA Syllabus, Tracking Sheets, and Common Core State Standards

Syllabus 2019/2020

8th Grade English Language Arts Mrs. Watts


In 8th Grade English Language Arts we will be taking advantage of Study Sync! Study Sync is an interactive platform that covers CCSS for 8th grade writing using unique stories, skill building activities, and writing prompts. Each unit has an overall question related to the human experience. This helps us merge our curriculum with real world experience so our learning can go beyond the classroom. Study Sync is an online platform and has an accompanying workbook. Majority of the writing we do will be in the online platform and the workbook will aid us in defining, practicing, and identifying terminology. 


The year is broken up into three big papers: Argumentative, Informative, and Narrative. We get through each paper in baby-steps. We will read examples, respond to questions in detail to build writing endurance, prewrite, practice micro-skills (like grammar, crafting a thesis statement, elements of the given paper, etc). Students are graded throughout the process. The final essay is graded based on their prewriting portfolio. Did they engage in the example readings? Did they successfully complete each prewriting step? Did they go through the process of editing? Did they demonstrate practicing the micro-skills? These are a few examples of what I look for since writing a paper is much more than turning in one draft.


**This syllabus is a rough overview of the year and is subject to change based on student need, adjustments to school wide testing or events, interest of students, and/or adjustments made to help meet set ELA deadlines**



















Unit 1: A Moral Compass

Focus Question: How can life experiences shape our values?


Extended Writing Project: Argumentative


Stories: Abuela Invents the Zero by Judith Ortiz Cofer Fiction

A Celebration of Grandfathers by Rudolfo Anaya Non-Fic

Mother to Son a poem by Langston Hughes Poem

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Chapter 2) by Mark Twain Fiction

Mandatory Volunteer Work for Teenagers Non-Fic


Writing 


Prewrite 

Skills Thesis Statements 

Organize Argumentative Writing

Supporting Details

Plan

Skills Introductions

Conclusions

Draft

Style

Revise

Skill Sources and citations

Edit

Proofread

Publish
















Unit 2: In a Time of War

Focus Question: What does our response to conflict say about us?


Extended Writing Project: Informative


Stories: Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat by Winston Churchill Non-Fic

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable by John Boyne Fiction

Teaching History Through Fiction Non-Fic

The Diary of Anne-Frank: A Play Drama


Writing 


Prewrite 

Skills Research and note-taking

Thesis Statement

Organize Argumentative Writing 

Supporting Details

Plan

Skills Introductions and conclusions


Draft 

Skills Sources and citations


Revise

Skills Edit

Proofread

Publish
















Unit 3: Suspense!

Focus Questions: What attracts us to stories of suspense?


Extended Writing Project: Narrative


Stories: Let ‘Em Play God by Alfred Hitchcock Non-Fic/Essay excerpt 

The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs Fiction

Cujo by Stephen King Fiction

Sorry, Wrong Number by Lucille Fletcher Drama

Writing


Prewrite 

Skills Organize Narrative Writing

Introductions

Narrative Techniques and Sequencing 

Plan

Skills Writing Dialogue

Conclusions


Draft

Skills Transitions 


Revise

Skills Edit

Proofread

Publish