English Language Arts Grade 8
Writing Standard 2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Childhood Through the Looking Glass
The goals of this lesson plan are: (1) To learn about Lewis Carroll and the vision of childhood he created in Alice in Wonderland (2) To compare Carroll's Victorian world of childhood with the world of 'Innocence and Experience' portrayed by the Romantic poet William Blake; (3) To explore the relationship between picture and text in children's literature; (4) To consider the relationship between childhood fictions and the real experience of growing up.
Eighth Grade On-Demand Informative / Explanatory Writing Samples
Sample informative / explanatory pieces written by eighth graders in response to a uniform text-based prompt.
Eighth Grade Range of Writing Informative / Explanatory Writing Samples
These pieces provide examples of informative / explanatory writing for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences, over both extended and shorter time frames.
Investigating the Holocaust: A Collaborative Inquiry Project
Students will read a range of Holocaust resources, from different genres and media; use a variety of resources to gather and synthesize knowledge about the Holocaust; work collaboratively to investigate questions about a specific topic; present information orally and in a group newspaper.
Lesson Starter: Compare and Contrast
Students will analyze, compare and contrast authors' and artists' motivations for creativity.
Shared Spelling Strategies
In this lesson from ReadWriteThink, students increase their spelling accuracy and their retention by "constructing" spelling using sound, sight recall, and analyzing strategies, among others, instead of memorizing lists of words. The aim is to deal with spelling during drafting while preserving fluency.
The Five Paragraph Essay
Step by step instructions for completing a five-paragraph essay.
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