Grade 8 ELA

Unit 1: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas 

April 6-17

  • 8R7: Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different media – text, audio, video, stage, or digital – to present a particular subject or idea and analyze the extent to which a production remains faithful tno or departs from the written text.
  • 8W1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Unit 2: Craft and Structure

April 20-May 1

  • 8R6: In literary texts, analyze how the differences between the point of view, perspectives of the characters, the audience, or reader create effects such as mood and tone. In informational texts, analyze how the author addresses conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
  • 8W4: Create a poem, story, play, artwork, or other response to a text, author, theme or personal experience; explain divergences from the original text when appropriate.

Unit 3: Key Ideas and Details

May 4-15

  • 8R2: Determine one or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; summarize a text.
  • W3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, relevant descriptive details and clear sequencing.

Unit 4: Key Ideas and Details

May 18-29

  • 8R1: Cite textual evidence to strongly support an analysis of what the text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences.
  • 8W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Unit 5: Key Ideas and Details

June 1-12

  • 8R1: Cite textual evidence to strongly support an analysis of what the text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences.
  • 8W6: Conduct research to answer questions, including self-generated questions, drawing on multiple sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate. Generate additional related questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

Unit 6: Research to Build and Present Knowledge

June 15-19

  • 8R3: In literary texts, analyze how particular lines of dialogue or events propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision. In informational texts, analyze how individuals, events, and ideas are introduced, relate to each other, and are developed.
  • 8W7: Gather relevant information from multiple sources; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others; avoid plagiarism and follow a standard format for citation.