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RUTHERFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACY
Language Arts Literacy – Grade 8 English 1 INTRODUCTION The Eighth Grade Language Arts Literacy Reading curriculum will provide students with the
opportunity to develop their writing, listening and speaking skills. Particular emphasis will be
placed on reading and viewing skills. The process will be an interactive classroom involving
both the student and the teacher.
It is the philosophy of the Eighth Grade Language Arts Literacy Reading curriculum that reading
is a complex process through which readers actively construct meaning and connect with others'
ideas. These ideas may be presented in written, oral, aural and /or viewing forms. A competent
reader is a reader who integrates information in the text with what he or she already knows.
Additionally, it is believed viewing is an inescapable and fundamental aspect of everyday life. It
contributes to and is enhanced by speaking, listening, writing and reading experiences. Critical
viewers are able to interpret, respond to, and evaluate visual and aural messages of both print and
All students will read four required trade books/novels, and three to four trade books/novels
chosen from the optional reading list at teacher discretion. The curriculum consist of units of
study that incorporate skills and strategies that give the students opportunities to learn and
become more proficient readers. Said skill development and strategies will run consistent, and
will adhere to the New Jersey Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
Students will be preparing for the grade 8 NJASK.
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NEW JERSEY COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS The New Jersey Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts are located at http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards/english-language-arts-standards The New Jersey Common Core State Standards for Grade 8 English Language Arts can be found at the end of this document. COURSE OUTLINE The following skills may be utilized at anytime during the course of study. A. Decoding and word recognition skills B. Fluency C. Vocabulary development D. Comprehension skills 1. literal 2. inferential 3. critical E. Responding to text-through analysis 1. setting 2. plot development 3. characterization F. Identify and use writing features 1. paragraphs 2. topic sentences 3. details G. Graphics 1. charts 2. maps 3. diagrams 4. illustrations 5. pictures H. Text structures 1. index 2. table of contents 3. bibliography 4. head notes I. Inquiry and Research J. Electronic Media Literacy 1. film 2. television 3. computers (internet)
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K. Print Media Literacy 1. Books 2. Magazines 3. Newspapers L. Literary Units of Study 1. Teenagers in Conflict a Novels b. Short stories c. Essays d. Films 2. The American Experience a. Biographies b. Autobiographies c. Poetry d. Novels e. Short stories 3. Holocaust a. Novels b. Plays c. Short stories d. Essays e. Films 4. Classic Themes in Literature a. Novels b. Plays c. Films d. Short stories 5. NJASK Review a. Coach book b. Short stories METHODS OF ASSESSMENT A. Student progress and achievements are assessed through a variety of techniques that include, but are not limited to, the following items: tests quizzes homework class work class participation reading journals projects collaborative assignments
Language Arts Literacy – Grade 8 English 4 B. Teacher/Curriculum Assessment will be conducted according to the following statement: The subject teacher(s) and the language arts literacy supervisor will be in contact throughout the academic year concerning curriculum assessment. The teachers are encouraged to make suggestions for improving and changing the curriculum. The supervisor will also request an annual meeting to solicit suggestions for modifications and changes, especially in regard to meeting the course objectives which include the Common Core State Standards. RESOURCES A. Speakers Teachers are encouraged to contact community groups, parents, and organizations to obtain speakers to enhance the curriculum with the approval of the administration. B. Supplies and Materials The Eighth Grade Language Arts Literacy - Reading curriculum requires video equipment for viewing and listening. C. Required / Supplemental Readings Also, current articles from magazines, newspapers, etc. may be used as appropriate extensions of themes under discussion and review. D. Technology Students and teachers shall use technology to enhance learning, as a research tool and/or word processor. E. Required Novels The Outsiders and/or The Chocolate War (Teenagers in Conflict Theme) Daniel’s Story and/or Farewell to Manzanar (Holocaust Theme) Time Capsule (Short Stories) (American Experience) Animal Farm (Classic Themes in Literature) F. Optional Readings/Suggested Titles Teenagers in Conflict Theme That Was Then, This Is Now / Tex Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes / Running Loose Speak The Contender Searching for David's Heart Killing Mr. Griffin Freak The Mighty Scorpions Friends Till the End Angel Dust Blues
Language Arts Literacy – Grade 8 English 5 Other Side of Truth Silent To The Bone Who Am I? (Unit Text) 8th Grade (Short Stories) Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul (essays) The Swallowing Stone You Don’t Know Me** The American Experience Slave Dancer Spite Fences Scorpions Another Way to Dance Having Our Say Parrot In the Oven To Be a Slave (Non Fiction) Warriors Don’t Cry (Non Fiction) Out of the Dust *** (Poetry) Latitudes (non fiction text)** Doorways (text) Born Confused The Jumping Tree West Side Story (Drama) *** Tangled Threads- Ribbons Under the Blood Red Sky Eagle’s Shadow Join In True North Holocaust Theme (Prejudice Reduction) The Devil’s Arithmetic** West Side Story*** The Cage Dragon Wing The Wave Nuremberg Walkabout Stones In the Water** Latitudes (Non fiction)*** Voices of the Holocaust (Non fiction) I Never Saw Another Butterfly (Poetry / drama) In My Hands Good Night, Maman
Language Arts Literacy – Grade 8 English 6 Touch Wood My Bridge s of Hope- Devil on my Heels Through My Eyes Classic Themes in Literature The Pearl Fahrenheit 451 West Side Story*** (drama) Retold American Classics, Vol. 1 (Short Stories) Retold American Classics Vol. 2 (Short Stories) Retold American Non Fiction Vol. 2 (essays) ** shared title to be coordinated with 7th grade *** multiple theme title G. NJASK REVIEW NJASK workbook Be a Better Reader (Workbook) 8 Plus 1 (Short Stories) Short Circuits (Short Stories) METHODOLOGIES A wide variety of methodologies will be used. The following are suggestions, not limits, as to how a teacher can instruct and facilitate learning: Cooperative learning Collaborative learning Differentiated instruction Whole class instruction Technology-aided instruction Peer- to-peer instruction SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES Literature circles Reflective journals/literature logs Strengthen comprehension skills by using a varied means of instruction Field trips as appropriate INTERDISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM COORDINATION The Eighth Grade Language Arts Literacy-Reading curriculum has numerous possibilities for interdisciplinary connections. Reading can be connected with social studies, science, and English classes. Project work and research report writing can be connected with all disciplines, and assignments will be coordinated by the subject area teachers whenever possible.
Language Arts Literacy – Grade 8 English 7 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Teachers are encouraged to continue to improve their expertise by attending a variety of professional development opportunities made available by the Board of Education and other organizations. They are also encouraged to read current adolescent literature for the purpose of updating and enhancing the curriculum and theme book lists. Curriculum Map
Grade 8 Reading
Theme: Teenagers in Conflict Required novel Specific Skills: Reading strategies for a variety of texts (Novels, poems, short stories, editorials, informational texts, articles, technical “everyday” text) Introduction to literary forms, elements and devices Critical reflection and analysis effect on reading Author’s / reader’s purposes
Theme: Teenagers in Conflict (continued) Introduction to literary devices: plot, character, resolution, figurative language, theme, symbolism Vocabulary Viewing: identify elements of media as they relate to text. Critique media and performance as modes of thinking, learning, and communicating. Identify viewer’s purposes. Evaluate own viewing using multiple sources.
Theme: American Experience /Holocaust (choice of one unit) Required novel Introduction to literary devices: foreshadowing, flashback, irony, plot structure (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution) character (developing / static, methods of ch