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Mahomet-Seymour Schools

Curriculum

Language Arts - Grade 8

 

Short Stories

 

The learner will be able to comprehend unfamiliar words using knowledge of word origins and context clues.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to formulate predictions and draw conclusions of plot.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to interpret and analyze text for author's intent and structure.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to read aloud with fluency and accuracy.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify literary terms and techniques used by a variety of authors (i.e. theme, plot, climax, resolution, protagonist, antagonist, symbolism, irony, tone, foreshadowing, flashback, setting, dialogue, and dialect).

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare and contrast authors' writing style.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to summarize sequence of events.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss theme in story and relate to own life; respond to story by connecting their own experiences.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to debate theme's honesty to real-life in today's society using support from the story.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to classify a story as fiction or nonfiction.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to classify story as fable, parody, tall tale, folklore, legend, myth, or traditional.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to share responses with classmates in large and small discussion groups.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to relate reading with information from other sources.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to label author's point of view.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to interpret accompanying photographs, tables, graphs, and maps in conjunction with related text.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare various authors and their stories.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to categorize various literary genres.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to paraphrase passages from the story.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to create an original story.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to justify an opinion of like or dislike for an author's work.

 

  

 

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Drama

 

The learner will be able to understand and appreciate drama.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to know the origin of drama.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify and understand the elements of drama: cast of characters, dialogue, stage directions, acts, and scenes.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to know how to apply stage directions to understand the full meaning of a play.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to examine the play in terms of the following literary forms and elements: dialogue, staging setting, dramatic irony, characterizing, plot, symbol, theme, conflict, blank verse, soliloquies, asides, monologues, comedy, and tragedy.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to interpret and analyze text for author's meaning.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to read aloud with fluency and accuracy.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to demonstrate strategies for oral presentation of drama.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to know historical background of the author and his time (i.e. Shakespeare's Elizabethan England).

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare and contrast authors' writing styles.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to summarize sequence of events.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss theme in the play and relate to own life; respond to play by connecting their own experiences.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to debate theme's honesty to real-life in today's society using support from the drama.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to choose the appropriate meaning of multi-meaning words.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to distinguish between and evaluate fact and non-fact.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to predict probable future actions and outcomes.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to share responses with classmates in large and small group discussions.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to relate reading with information from other sources.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to interpret accompanying photographs, tables, graphs, and maps in conjunction with related text.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare various authors and their dramas.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to paraphrase passages from the drama.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to create an original one-act play.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to justify an opinion of like or dislike for an author's work.

 

  

 

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Poetry

 

The learner will be able to understand the connotation and denotation of words.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to interpret and analyze text for author's intent and structure.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to read aloud with fluency and accuracy.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify literary terms and techniques used by a variety of authors (i.e. simile, metaphor, imagery, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, personification, theme, symbolism, alliteration, irony, tone, and rhyme).

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare and contrast authors' writing styles.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss theme in poem and relate to own life; respond to poem by connecting their own experiences.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to debate theme's honesty to real-life in today's society using support from the poem.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to classify poem as narrative or lyric.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to classify poem as traditional, nontraditional, epic, or literary ballad.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to share responses with classmates in large and small group discussions.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to relate reading with information from other sources.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to label author's point of view.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to interpret accompanying photographs, tables, graphs, and maps in conjunction with related text.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare various authors and their poems.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to paraphrase literal and inferential meaning of the poem.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to create poems (i.e. snapshot poem, acrostic poem, lyric, and narrative poem).

 

  

 

The learner will be able to justify an opinion of like or dislike for an author's work.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to memorize a poem.

 

  

 

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Novel

 

The learner will be able to evaluate the author's background.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the historical background for the novel (i.e. the depression in the South in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD).

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the significance of the title of the novel to its theme.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to examine the social comment presented by the author (i.e. prejudice and lack of tolerance in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD).

 

  

 

The learner will be able to react to critical opinions and observations.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the difference between a short story and the extended time span of a novel.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the author's episodic development in each chapter.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify major and minor conflicts.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to arrive at a generalization from a given series of details and assumptions.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the author's point of view.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to recall the sequential order of events.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify and understand the elements of a novel (i.e. dialogue, dialect, setting, irony, characterization, plot, symbol, foreshadowing, flashback, theme, conflict, and omniscient point of view).

 

  

 

The learner will be able to interpret and analyze text for author's meaning.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to read aloud with fluency and accuracy.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss theme in the novel and relate to own life; respond to novel by connecting their own experiences.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to debate theme's honesty to real-life in today's society using support from the novel.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to choose the appropriate meaning of multi-meaning words.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to distinguish between and evaluate fact and non-fact.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to predict probable future actions and outcomes.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to share responses with classmates in large and small group discussions.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to relate reading with information from other sources.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to interpret accompanying photographs, tables, graphs, and maps in conjunction with related text.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare various authors and their novels.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to justify opinion of like or dislike for an author's work.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to respond analytically and critically to a novel in essay format.

 

  

 

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