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Copy of 8th Grade English Language Arts Unit Plan
John Wodetzkion 2 December 2010
Transcript of Copy of 8th Grade English Language Arts Unit Plan
Standards-Based Unit Plan
Builds upon and focuses on 7th grade standards in Reading Applications of Literary Text. These standards will be extended and challenged in the last half by focusing more on the relation with the 8th grade standards in this arena. The 7th grade standards in this arena are integral to the understanding of the 8th grade standards. Unit Summary & Goal:
The goal of this unit is to build upon the foundation of basic concepts of
English Language Arts.
This will include foundational terms and concepts in reading comprehension, vocabulary, literary terms, grammar and punctuation. Phonemic Awareness, Word Recognition, and FluencyFluency continues to develop past the primary grades. Readers increase their rate of oral reading to near conversational pace. They show their appropriate use of pauses, pitch, stress and intonation that they are reading in clauses and sentence units to support comprehension. They gain control over a wider, complex sight vocabulary and over longer syntactic structures, so that they are able to read progressively more demanding texts with greater ease. Silent reading becomes considerably faster than oral reading and becomes the preferred, more efficient way to process everyday texts. Acquisition of Vocabulary
1. Define the meaning of unknown words through context clues and the author’s use of comparison, contrast, definition, restatement and example.
2. Apply knowledge of connotation and denotation to determine the meaning of words.
3. Infer word meanings through the identification of analogies and other word relationships, including synonyms and antonyms.
4. Interpret metaphors and similes to understand new uses of words and phrases in text.
5. Recognize and use words from other languages that have been adopted into the English language.
6. Use knowledge of Greek, Latin and Anglo-Saxon roots and affixes to understand vocabulary.
7. Use knowledge of symbols and acronyms to identify whole words.
8. Determine the meanings and pronunciations of unknown words by using dictionaries, thesauruses, glossaries, technology and textual features, such as definitional footnotes or sidebars. Acquisition of Vocabulary
1. Define unknown words through context clues and the author’s use of comparison, contrast and cause and effect.
2. Apply knowledge of connotation and denotation to determine the meaning of words.
3. Identify the relationships of pairs of words in analogical statements (e.g., synonyms and antonyms) and infer word meanings from these relationships.
4. Infer the literal and figurative meaning of words and phrases and discuss the function of figurative language, including metaphors, similes and idioms.
5. Examine and discuss the ways that different events (e.g., cultural, political, social, technological, and scientific events) impact and change the English language.
6. Use knowledge of Greek, Latin and Anglo-Saxon roots, prefixes and suffixes to understand complex words and new subject-area vocabulary (e.g., unknown words in science, mathematics and social studies).
7. Determine the meanings and pronunciations of unknown words by using dictionaries, thesauruses, glossaries, technology and textual features, such as definitional footnotes or sidebars. Reading Process: Concepts of Print, Comprehension Strategies and Self-Monitoring StrategiesIn Grades 8 through 12, students should read purposefully and automatically, using the comprehension and self-monitoring strategies outlined in previous grades. As they encounter increasingly challenging content-area and literary texts, students may more consciously employ these strategies and benefit from teacher modeling of the reading process. Reading Process
1. Establish and adjust purposes for reading, including to find out, to understand, to interpret, to enjoy and to solve problems.
2. Predict or hypothesize as appropriate from information in the text, substantiating with specific references to textual examples that may be in widely separated sections of text.
3. Make critical comparisons across text, noting author’s style as well as literal and implied content of text.
4. Summarize the information in texts, using key ideas, supporting details and referencing gaps or contradictions.
5. Select, create and use graphic organizers to interpret textual information.
6. Answer literal, inferential, evaluative and synthesizing questions to demonstrate comprehension of grade-appropriate print texts and electronic and visual media.
1. Apply reading comprehension strategies, including making predictions, comparing and contrasting, recalling and summarizing and making inferences and drawing conclusions.
2. Answer literal, inferential, evaluative and synthesizing questions to demonstrate comprehension of grade-appropriate print texts and electronic and visual media. Reading Applications: Literary Text
1. Explain interactions and conflicts (e.g., character vs. self, nature or society) between main and minor characters in literary text and how the interactions affect the plot.
2. Analyze the features of the setting and their importance in a text.
3. Identify the main and minor events of the plot, and explain how each incident gives rise to the next.
4. Identify and compare subjective and objective points of view and how they affect the overall body of a work.
5. Identify recurring themes, patterns and symbols found in literature from different eras and cultures.
6. Explain the defining characteristics of literary forms and genres, including poetry, drama, myths, biographies, autobiographies, science fiction, fiction and non-fiction.
7. Interpret how mood or meaning is conveyed through word choice, figurative language and syntax.
The Writing Process
15. Proofread writing, edit to improve conventions (e.g., grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization) and identify and correct fragments and run-ons.
1. Spell high-frequency words correctly.
2. Use commas, end marks, apostrophes and quotation marks correctly.
3. Use semicolons, colons, hyphens, dashes and brackets correctly.
4. Use correct capitalization.
5. Use all eight parts of speech (e.g., noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, conjunction, preposition, interjection).
6. Use dependent and independent clauses.
7. Use subject-verb agreement with collective nouns, indefinite pronouns, compound subjects and prepositional phrases.
8. Conjugate regular and irregular verbs in all tenses correctly.
1. Use correct spelling conventions.
2. Use correct punctuation and capitalization.
3. Use all eight parts of speech (e.g., noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, conjunction, preposition, interjection).
4. Use clauses (e.g., main, subordinate) and phrases (e.g., gerund, infinitive, participial).
5. Use parallel structure to present items in a series and items juxtaposed for emphasis.
6. Use proper placement of modifiers.
7. Maintain the use of appropriate verb tenses.
8. Conjugate regular and irregular verbs in all tenses correctly. Grammar Novel Read:
5 weeks; Ch. 1-10 in 2 weeks; Total of 24 chapters.
Grammar work ongoing all year;
EDEs all year. Every Day Edits
Comma Rules/Punctuation Rules/Capitalization Rules
Scott Purdy/Write Time Publishing
Steps to Good Grammar
by Genevieve, Walberg, & Schaefer
Kagan-style (Collaborative) Learning Strategies
Freak the Mighty by Rod Philbrick
Objectives TLWBAT individually analyze punctuation and capitalization errors in a paragraph by recalling Comma Rules 1-10 and all 12 capitalization rules. TLWBAT define the meaning of unknown words through context clues and the author’s use of comparison, contrast, definition, restatement and example after and with the aid of instruction and discussion regarding the vocabulary words in the context of reading. TLWBAT answer literal, inferential, evaluative and synthesizing questions to demonstrate comprehension of the novel. TLWBAT identify a verb in each of several sentences to 90% accuracy or it will be corrected to 100% accuracy after further instruction. TLWBAT identify the subject in each of several sentences to 90% accuracy or it will be corrected to 100% accuracy after further instruction. There you have it--
Any questions? Applications Reading Applications: Literary Text
1. Identify and explain various types of characters (e.g., flat, round, dynamic, static) and how their interactions and conflicts affect the plot.
2. Analyze the influence of setting in relation to other literary elements.
3. Explain how authors pace action and use subplots, parallel episodes and climax.
4. Compare and contrast different points of view (e.g., first person and third person limited, omniscient, objective and subjective), and explain how voice affects literary text.
5. Identify and explain universal themes across different works by the same author and by different authors.
6. Explain how an author’s choice of genre affects the expression of a theme or topic.
7. Identify examples of foreshadowing and flashback in a literary text.
8. Explain ways in which the author conveys mood and tone through word choice, figurative language, and syntax.
9. Examine symbols used in literary texts. vocabulary Reading I sure hope not! Connection to Previous Learning Tish Wodetzki
MCE 556 Nov 2010 What We Were to Have Covered:
3 Key Objectives Overview (Rational?/lol) Unit Considerations Title/Grade
No. of days
Learning Outcomes for Unit Instructional Strategies Daily Planner
Differentiation, Adaptions, Modifications
Assessments Supportive Resources Primary Documents
Educational Technology www.writetime.com
Steps to Good Grammar by Gevevieve, Walberg, Schaefer
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
www.educationworld.com Hallelujah! Assessments: Instructional Strategies: www.writetimepub.com www.kaganonline.com