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Grade 8

The English Language Arts Curriculum in grades 6, 7, and 8 reflects the rigor and expectations of the CT Core Standards. Ultimately, our goal is to foster the development of literate, self-directed individuals, capable of achieving personal goals for college and career.

Students will engage in multiple and close readings of a range of increasingly complex literary and informational text, determining central idea or theme based on supporting details. They will learn to stay within the boundaries of the text, analyzing and citing evidence to explain, not only what the text says explicitly, but what it infers. Among other things, this will require instruction in text structure, author’s voice and bias, tone and style, and figurative language.

The writing component of this curriculum uses the Lucy Calkins Writing Units of Study implemented through the Writers Workshop model. Teachers will engage students in narrative, informational, and argumentative writing tasks based on models of what good writers do. Students will learn to write to a specific audience with an evident awareness of purpose. They will learn to write clearly and coherently, using effective techniques and relevant, descriptive details in a well-structured text.

Integral to our curriculum, is that students will be provided ample opportunities to develop and to practice speaking and listening skills. A variety of best practice learning arrangements, including independent, paired, small group, and whole group endeavors will be used to support this goal.

Finally, in order to scaffold their writing and speaking with relevant and pertinent information, students will engage in research and inquiry, investigating topics, and analyzing, integrating, and presenting their findings, effectively. This implies that students also demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English, spell correctly, and grow their academic and content specific vocabulary.

Grade 8 Resources
Architecture of a Conference and Prompts for Conferring (Updated On: 03/02/2016 09:56 AM) Rating 0 out of 5
Overview Unit 1 Narrative Reading and Writing (Updated On: 08/11/2014 12:10 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Overview Unit 2 Informative Reading and Writing (Updated On: 08/11/2014 12:10 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Overview Unit 3 Argumentative Reading and Writing (Updated On: 08/11/2014 12:10 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Strategy Group Lesson Planning Sheet (Updated On: 03/02/2016 09:56 AM) Rating 0 out of 5
Unit 1 Narrative-Informational Writing Investigative Journalism Bends and Mini-lessons Grade 8 (Updated On: 07/28/2015 12:53 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Unit 2 Position Paper- Argument and Information Writing Bends and Mini-lessons Grade 8 (Updated On: 07/28/2015 12:54 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Unit 3 The Literary Essay Bends and Mini-lessons Grade 8 (Updated On: 07/28/2015 12:56 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Units 1 and 4 Narrative Workshop July 2015 Grade 8 (Updated On: 07/28/2015 04:10 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Units 2 and 5 Informative Workshop Grade 8 (Updated On: 07/29/2015 08:43 AM) Rating 0 out of 5
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