ELA – 8th Grade Lesson Plan

Grade 8 Language Arts/Reading Curriculum

  1. Unit 1  Grammar Basics
    1.  Acellus Language Arts
      1. Nouns
      2. Personal Narratives
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Is it a complete sentence or a run-on? (8-P.2)
      2. Watch Video: Run On Sentences
      3. Is it a complete sentence, a fragment, or a run-on? (8-P.3)
      4. Watch Video: Sentence Fragments
      5. Combine sentences using relative clauses (8-Q.4)
      6. Watch Video: Relative Clauses
      7. Identify dependent and independent clauses (8-S.1)
      8. Watch Video: Independent & Dependent Clauses
      9. Is the sentence simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex? (8-S.2)
      10. Watch Video: Simple, Compound & Complex Sentences
      11. Correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person (8-T.)
      12. Watch Video: Eights Parts of Speech
      13. Is it a complete sentence or a fragment? (8-P.1)
      14. Unit 1 Grammar Test
    3. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  2. Unit 2 Grammar Basics
    1. Acellus Language Arts
      1. Root Words
      2. Pronouns
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Identify all of the possible antecedents (8-U.2)
      2. “Watch Video:  Verb Tense
      3. Identify and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense (8-V.1)
      4. “Watch Video:  Verb Tense
      5. Use parallel structure (8-W.1)
      6. Watch Video: Parallel Structure
      7. Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers
        1. Watch Video: Dangling Modifier
        2. Select the misplaced or dangling modifier (8-X.2)
        3. Are the modifiers used correctly? (8-X.3)
      8. Watch Video: Redundant  Words or Phrases
      9. Remove redundant words or phrases (8-Y.1)
      10. Subject Verb Agreement
        1. Watch Video: Subject Verb Agreement
        2. Correct errors with subject-verb agreement (8-AA.1)
        3. Correct errors with indefinite pronoun-verb agreement (8-AA.2)
        4. Use the correct verb – with compound subjects (8-AA.3)
        5. Use the pronoun that agrees with the antecedent (8-CC.2)
      11. Watch Video: Object Pronouns
      12. Choose between subject and object pronouns (8-CC.3)
      13. Compound subjects and objects with “I” and “me” (8-CC.4)
      14. Compound subjects and objects with pronouns (8-CC.5)
      15. Choose between personal and reflexive pronouns (8-CC.6)
      16. Watch Video: Reflexive and Personal Pronouns
      17. Use reflexive pronouns (8-CC Identify vague pronoun references (8-U.1)
      18. Unit  2 Test
      19. Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  3. Unit 3 Grammar Basics
    1. Acellus Language Arts
      1. Opinion Writing
      2. Prefixes
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions –
      1. Use relative pronouns: who, whom, whose, which, and that (8-CC.10)
      2. Order adjectives (8-EE.2)
      3. Good, better, best, bad, worse, and worst (8-EE.4)
      4. Well, better, best, badly, worse, and worst (8-FF.3)
      5. Transitions with conjunctive adverbs (8-FF.4)
      6. Choose between adjectives and adverbs (8-GG.1)
      7. Use the correct pair of correlative conjunctions (8-HH.1)
      8. Use relative pronouns: who and whom (8-CC.9)
    3. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  4. Unit 4 Grammar Basics
    1. Acellus Language Arts
      1. Possessives
      2. Informative Writing
      3. Reading and Listening Comprehension
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions – Participles, Infinitives, & Gerrunds
      1. Identify participles and what they modify (8-R.1)
      2. Identify infinitives and infinitive phrases (8-R.3)
      3. Identify gerunds and their functions (8-R.2)
      4. Identify active and passive voice (8-Z.1)
      5. Rewrite the sentence in active voice (8-Z.2)
    3. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  5. Unit 5 Grammar Basics
    1. Acellus Language Arts
      1. Dictionaries and Glossaries
      2. Discussions
      3. Verbs
      4. Explanatory Writing
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Commas with coordinate adjectives (8-A.4)
      2. Commas: review (8-A.5)
      3. What does the punctuation suggest? (8-B.1)
      4. Commas with nonrestrictive elements (8-B.2)
      5. Identify and correct errors with plural and possessive nouns (8-D.1)
      6. Use hyphens in compound adjectives (8-G.1)
      7. Correct capitalization errors (8-H.1)
      8. Capitalizing titles (8-I.1)
      9. Formatting titles (8-I.2)
      10. Formatting and capitalizing titles: review (8-I.3)
      11. Formatting quotations and dialogue (8-K.1)
      12. Correct errors with signs (8-L.1)
      13. Commas with series, dates, and places (8-A.1)
      14. Commas with compound and complex sentences (8-A.2)
      15. Commas with direct addresses, introductory words, interjections, and interrupters (8-A.3)
    3. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  6. Unit 6 Grammar Basics
    1. Acellus Language Arts
      1. Explanatory Writing
      2. Sentence Structure
      3. Suffixes
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Use dashes (8-E.1)
      2. Decide whether ellipses are used appropriately (8-F.1)
      3. Form and use plurals: review (8-BB.1)
      4. Form and use plurals of compound nouns (8-BB.2)
      5. Form the singular or plural possessive (8-BB.4)
      6. Irregular past tense: review (8-DD.1)
      7. Simple past, present, and future tense: review (8-DD.2)
      8. Form the progressive verb tenses (8-DD.3)
      9. Form the perfect verb tenses (8-DD.4)
      10. Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives (8-EE.3)
      11. Form and use comparative and superlative adverbs (8-FF.2)
      12. Use the correct homophone (8-KK.1)
      13. Use the correct frequently confused word (8-LL.1)
      14. Correct errors with frequently confused words (8-LL.2)
    3. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  7. Unit 7 Grammar Basics
    1. Acellus Language Arts
      1. Drama and Poetry
      2. Verb Tenses and Irregular Verbs
      3. Adjectives
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Rewrite the sentence in active voice (8-Z.2)
      2. Identify active and passive voice (8-Z.1)
      3. Use context to identify the meaning of a word (8-II.1)
      4. Which sentence matches the definition? (8-JJ.1)
      5. Which definition matches the sentence? (8-JJ.2)
      6. Use the correct frequently confused word (8-LL.1)
      7. Correct errors with frequently confused words (8-LL.2)
      8. Determine the meaning of words using synonyms in context (8-NN.1)
      9. Determine the meaning of words using antonyms in context (8-OO.1)
    3. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  8. Unit 8 Grammar Basics
    1. Acellus Grammar Basics
      1. Adverbs
      2. Reading Aloud
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Words with re- (8-QQ.2)
      2. Words with sub- (8-QQ.3)
      3. Words with mis- (8-QQ.4)
      4. Words with un-, dis-, in-, im-, and non- (8-QQ.5)
      5. Words with -ful (8-RR.1)
      6. Words with -less (8-RR.2)
      7. Words with -able and -ible (8-RR.3)
      8. Use Greek and Latin roots as clues to the meanings of words (8-SS.1)
      9. Use words as clues to the meanings of Greek and Latin roots (8-SS.2)
      10. Determine the meanings of Greek and Latin roots (8-SS.3)
      11. Determine the meanings of words with Greek and Latin roots (8-SS.4)
    3. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  9. Unit 9 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Use dictionary definitions (8-TT.2)
      2. Alphabetical order (8-TT.3)
      3. Use guide words (8-TT.4)
      4. Use thesaurus entries (8-TT.5)
      5. Use dictionary entries (8-TT.1)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  10. Unit 10 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Use personification (8-UU.1)Interpret the meaning of allusions (8-UU.2)
      2. Interpret figures of speech (8-UU.5)
      3. Classify figures of speech (8-UU.4)
      4. Identify the source of allusions (8-UU.3)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  11. Unit 11 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Analogies: challenge (8-MM.2)
      2. Determine the meaning of words using synonyms in context (8-NN.1)
      3. Choose the synonym (8-NN.2)
      4. Determine the meaning of words using antonyms in context (8-OO.1)
      5. Choose the antonym (8-OO.2)
      6. Analogies (8-MM.1)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  12. Unit 12 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Describe the difference between related words (8-PP.1)
      2. Positive and negative connotation (8-PP.2)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  13. Unit 13 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Analogies: challenge (8-MM.2)
      2. Determine the meaning of words using synonyms in context (8-NN.1)
      3. Choose the synonym (8-NN.2)
      4. Determine the meaning of words using antonyms in context (8-OO.1)
      5. Choose the antonym (8-OO.2)
      6. Words with pre- (8-QQ.1)
      7. Words with re- (8-QQ.2)
      8. Words with sub- (8-QQ.3)
      9. Words with mis- (8-QQ.4)
      10. Words with un-, dis-, in-, im-, and non- (8-QQ.5)
      11. Words with -ful (8-RR.1)
      12. Words with -less (8-RR.2)
      13. Words with -able and -ible (8-RR.3)
      14. Use Greek and Latin roots as clues to the meanings of words (8-SS.1)
      15. Use words as clues to the meanings of Greek and Latin roots (8-SS.2)
      16. Determine the meanings of Greek and Latin roots (8-SS.3)
      17. Determine the meanings of words with Greek and Latin roots (8-SS.4)
      18. Analogies (8-MM.1)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)

 

Unit 14 – Tom Sawyer   

This unit discusses the author, Mark Twain, and uses his novel, Tom Sawyer, to show examples of setting, character development, the literary device, irony, using context clues, the text structure of problem and solution, theme, and summarization. Also covered in this unit are subject/verb agreement, and the words affect and effect.

Unit 15 – Monkey’s Paw

This unit discusses plot, including analyzing plot, exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. It also covers the literary devices foreshadowing and symbolism. It includes theme, and the words who and whom, and discusses the short story, The Monkey’s Paw.

Unit 16 – Narrative Writing

This unit covers fictional narrative, including developing characters, using dialogue and transitions, and pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing a narrative.

Unit 17 – Poems

This unit discusses the poems Paul Revere’s Ride and Casey at the Bat. It also discusses figurative language including imagery, personification, metaphor, and simile, as well as author’s purpose and inferring. Also covered are rhyming and rhyme scheme, the literary device of suspense, academic vocabulary, reflexive and intensive pronouns, colons and semicolons, the words accept and except, and the author, Ernest Lawrence Thayer.

Unit 18 – The Tell-Tale Heart

This unit discusses the author Edgar Allan Poe and his short story, The Tell-Tale Heart. Also covered are point of view, the literary devices of mood, foreshadowing, and flashback, and the reading strategies of paraphrasing and drawing conclusions. Academic vocabulary, prefixes, suffixes, gerunds, participles, and infinitives are also included.

 

Unit 19– Persuasive Writing

This unit discusses the persuasive essay, including what a persuasive essay is, as well as how to analyze evidence and use parallelism, and how to pre-write, draft, revise, and edit a persuasive essay.

Unit 20 – A Retrieved Reformation

This unit discusses O. Henry and his work, A Retrieved Reformation. Included are theme, symbolism, situational irony, comparing and contrasting, academic vocabulary, the words to, two, and too, and the words there, their, and they’re.

Unit 21 – Expository Writing

This unit discusses the expository essay, including the introductory paragraph, the thesis statement, topic sentences, supporting details, analysis, varied transitions, and the concluding paragraph.