8th Grade ELA Units

8th Grade ELA Units:

TOPIC

SELECTED READINGS

PROJECTS/ASSIGNMENTS

Identity

Poems“Identity” “Knock, Knock” “If” “The Road Not Taken”

Stories: “Raymond’s Run” “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” “The Medicine Bag”

Articles: “Sleeping Under a Roof, but Homeless Nonetheless”

Memoir Writing Assignment

Surprising Twists in Life

Poems: “The Raven” “Boots of Spanish Leather” “The Lesson of the Moth”

Stories: “The Tell-Tale Heart” “Johanna” “The Monkey’s Paw” “The Ransom of Red Chief” “The Hitchhiker”

Articles: “Dia de los Muertos” “Ronald Reagan on the Challenger Disaster” “Stress for Success” “The REAL Stories Behind These Disney Movies Will Ruin Your Childhood”

Mock Trial

Hero’s Journey

NOVEL UNIT

Novel Choices: The Outsiders, House of the Scorpion, The Secret Life of Bees, Ender’s Game, Serafina Series

Poems: “Paul Revere’s Ride”

Articles: “Joseph Campbell: The Hero’s Journey”

Hero Essay

Motivation

Poems: “Mother to Son” “My Father’s Song”

Stories: “Flowers for Algernon” 

Articles: Ethics TedTalk, “IQ tests are 'meaningless and too simplistic' claim researchers” “Limits of Empathy”


Multiple Assignments 

BENCHMARK

Tolerance and Compassion

NOVEL UNIT

Novel: To Kill a Mockingbird

Poems: “Incident” “We Wear the Mask”

Stories: “The Birthday Party”

Articles: “Ain’t I a Woman” “On Being Informed” “Growing Up White in the 1930’s” “Who was Jim Crow?” “Herd Behavior” “Codeswitching” “The Scottsboro Boys” 

Taking a Stand Project 

***Text selections are subject to change as we get to know our students and their needs