Information about ELA 8

Provides information about each unit in ELA 8 including literature, writing, and vocabulary: Each unit includes a novel and supporting text, content vocabulary, and a writing assignment.  Students are expected to read assigned novels at home and participate in class activities and shared inquiry discussion.  Each unit ends with a summative writing assignment (argumentative essay, informative research, narrative, profile essay).

Unit 1: Relationship & Interactions

Text: Sandra Cisneros's House on Mango Street

Supporting Text: N/A

Writing Piece: Write-Likes Vignettes

Unit Vocabulary Words: vignette, sensory language, figurative language, metaphor, simile, alliteration, repetition, personification


Unit 2: Cultural & Identity

Text: First Crossing: Stories about Teen Immigrants

Supporting Text: Najwa Qa'war Farah's The Worst of Two Choices and The Forsaken Olive Tree

Writing Piece: Comparative Analysis 

Unit Vocabulary Words: analysis, single-story, balanced-story


Unit 3: Communities & Interactions

Text: Lois Lowry's The Giver

Supporting Text: Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron, Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

Writing Piece: Argumentative Essay

Unit Vocabulary Words: genre, setting, point-of-view, utopia, dystopia, argumentative, opposing view, rebuttal


Unit 4:  Culture & Perspective

Literature Circle Text:  Linda Sue Park's A Long Walk to Water, Joseph Bruchac's Code TalkerJeanne Wakatsuki's Farewell to Manazanar, Maria Virginia Farinango's The Queen of Water, Harper Scott's To Kill a MockingbirdMelba Pattillo Beals's Warriors Don't Cry

Supporting Text: Albert Memmi's The Two Pennies, Randa Adbel-Fattah's Ten Things I Hate About MePaul Zindel's Pigman

Writing Piece: Informative Newscast


Unit 5:  Transforming Classics

Literature Text: Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew

Supporting Film: The Lion King, Gnomeo and Juliet, She's the Man, 10 Things I Hate About You 

Writing Piece: Film Analysis