8th ELA Curriculum Snapshot

8th Grade ELA Snapshot (subject to change)

1st 9 weeks

2nd 9 weeks

  • Elements of literary texts
  • Literary text structure
  • Characterization and conflict
  • Theme in narrative text
  • Reading Portraits as biographies
  • Informational text structure, features and analysis

Writing task: Personal narrative/memoir

First semester Novel:

  • Author’s craft:
  • Analyzing tone and mood
  • Examining dialog effects
  • Author’s purpose
  • Use of Irony
  • Writing task: Literary analysis

3rd 9 weeks

4th 9 weeks

  • Analyzing poetry boot camp
  • Biographies
  • Heritage and cultural influence on narrative text and informational text
  • Personal essay/memoir as informational text

Writing task: informational/research

2nd semester Novel: 

  • persuasive speeches and text
  • Reading and analyzing argumentative text
  • Rhetorical devices
  • Poetry analysis-author’s voice and purpose
  • review

Writing Task: argument