EIGHTH GRADE

LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULUM MAP

 

MONTH

CONTENT

SKILLS

STATE

STANDARD

August/September

Language Arts:� The Sentence and Its Parts

Complete Sentences and Predicates

 

Simple Subjects

 

Simple Predicates or Verbs

 

Verb Phrases

 

Compound Sentences Parts

 

Kinds of Sentences

 

Subjects in Unusual Order

 

Complements: Subjects Complements

 

Complements: Objects of Verbs

 

Fragments and Run-Ons

 

Language Arts: Nouns

Kinds of Nouns

 

Singular and Plural Nouns

 

Possessive Nouns

 

Compound Nouns

 

Nouns as Subjects and Complements

 

Nouns in Phrases

 

Reading:  Read The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Make predictions and inferences

Create graphic organizers, outline or drawings to use with reading.

Check for understanding.

Read age appropriate materials with fluency and understanding. 

Compare and contrast ideas from various sources.

Summarize

Respond to literary materials.

Analyze how characters solve conflicts. 

Describe the development of characters, theme, plot and setting.

 

Writing:

Writing Process

 

Crafting Sentences

 

Compare/Contrast Essay

 

Persuasive Essay

 


 

October: 

Iowa Test of Basic Skills

Language Arts:  Pronouns,

What is a Pronoun?

 

Subject Pronoun

 

Object Pronouns

 

Possessive Pronouns

 

Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns

 

Interrogatives and Demonstratives

 

Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

 

Indefinite-Pronoun Agreement

 

Pronoun Problems

 

More Pronoun Problems

 

Reading: ITBS,

Read “Raymond’s Run”, “A Mother in Manville”, “The Ransom Red Chief”

Cause and effect

Description clues

Plot

Setting

Visualizing

Context clues

Irony

Predicting

 

Writing: 

Building Paragraphs

 

Organizing Paragraphs

 

My Personal Best Paragraph

 

Strong Introductions

 


 

November:

Language Arts:  Verbs, Adjectives and Adverbs

What is a Verb?

 

Action Verbs and Objects

 

Linking Verbs and Predicate Words

 

Principal Parts of Verbs

 

Irregular Verbs

 

Simple Tenses

 

Perfect Tenses

 

Using Verb Tenses

 

Troublesome Verb Pairs

 

What is an Adjective?

 

Predicate Adjectives

 

Other Words Used as Adjectives

 

What is an Adverb?

 

Making Comparisons

 

Adjective or Adverb?

 

Avoiding Double Negatives

 

Reading:  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Make predictions

Create graphic organizers, outline or drawings to use with reading.

Check for understanding.

Read age appropriate materials with fluency and understanding. 

Summarize

Respond to literary materials.

Analyze how characters solve conflicts. 

Describe the development of characters, theme, plot and setting.

 

 

Writing:

Building Compositions

 

Elaboration

 

Revising Sentences

 


 

December:

 

 

 

Writing:

Style and Effective Lang.

 

Autobiographical Incident

 

Reading: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Make predictions

Create graphic organizers, outline or drawings to use with reading.

Check for understanding.

Read age appropriate materials with fluency and understanding. 

Summarize

Respond to literary materials.

Analyze how characters solve conflicts. 

Describe the development of characters, theme, plot and setting.

 

 

Language Arts:

Prepositions, Conjunctions, Interjections

Verbs and Verb Phrases

What is a Preposition?

 

Using Prepostional Phrases

 

Conjunctions

 

Gerunds and Gerund Phrases

 

Participles and Participial Phrases

 

Infinitives and Infinitive Phrases

 


 

January

Language Arts:  Sentence Structure

Subject Verb Agreement

What is a Clause?

 

Simple and Compound Sent.

 

Complex Sentences

 

Kinds of Dependent Clauses

 

Compound-Complex Sentences

 

Agreement in Number

 

Compound Subjects

 

Agreement Problems in Sent.

 

Indefinite Pronouns as Subj.

 

Problem Subjects

 

Reading: “The Diary of Anne Frank”,
”The Last Seven Months”, “All But My Life”, “A Diary from Another World”,

Plot

Story Mapping

Characters’ reaction

Relationship web

Comparing texts

Main idea

Locating information using multiple sources

 

 

Holocaust Museum Traveling Trunk

The Holocaust Museum sends us a trunk and a docent comes to see us in January.  This trunk is filled with books, articles, DVDs, and numerous materials for the classroom.  This trunk is left with Central City School for about two months.  At that time, we take a field trip to the Holocaust Museum in St. Louis and take the trunk back with us.  We have, thus far, had the opportunity to listen to a Holocaust survivor.  We are then given a tour of the museum. 

 

Writing: 

Comparison and Contract Essay

 

Supporting ideas with Examples

 

Interviewing

 


 

February:

Language Arts: Capitalization, Punctuation

 

 

 

People and Cultures

 

First Words and Titles

 

Places and Transportation

 

Organizations and Other Subjects

 

Periods and other end marks

 

Commas in Sent.

 

Commas: Dates, addresses, letters

 

Punctuating Quotes

 

Semicolons/Colons

 

Hyphens, Dashes, Parentheses

 

Apostrophes

 

Punctuating Titles

 

Reading:  Holocaust Museum Traveling Trunk

The Holocaust Museum sends us a trunk and a docent comes to see us in January.  This trunk is filled with books, articles, DVDs, and numerous materials for the classroom.  This trunk is left with Central City School for about two months.  At that time, we take a field trip to the Holocaust Museum in St. Louis and take the trunk back with us.  We have, thus far, had the opportunity to listen to a Holocaust survivor.  We are then given a tour of the museum. 

 

Writing:

Eyewitness Report

 

Analyzing a Story

 


 

March:  ISAT Testing

Lanuage Arts:

Sentence variety

Punctuating

Problems with Here and There

 

Combing sentences

 

Compound subject and predicate review

 

Subject Verb Agreement

Suffixes and prefixes

 

Reading: “The King of Mazy May”, “The Story of an Eye Witness”, Flowers for Algernon”

Antagonist and Protagonist

Dramatic reading

Monitor your reading

Understanding chronological order

Characterization

Making Inferences

Connect to your life

Meaning Clues

 

Writing:

Problem Solution Essay

 

8th Grade Memory Books

 

Creating sentence variety by using different sentence structures

 

Double negative review

 


 

April:

Language Arts:

Proper nouns

 

Adjectives

 

Synonyms and Antonyms

 

Using conjunctive adverbs of time

 

Reading: “The Bet”, “The Treasure of Lemon Brown”, Paul Revere’s Ride”

Flashback

Climax

Sequence of Events

Comparing texts

Definition clues

Dynamic and Static Character

Comparing Texts

Narrative poetry

Paraphrasing

 

 

Writing:

Short Story

 

Poems

 

8th Grade Memory Books

 

Alternative Ending

 

Narrative poetry

 


 

May:

Language Arts:

Subordinate clauses

 

Word endings –able, -ible

 

Complex sentences

 

Adverb clauses

 

Word meaning

 

Reading: “Harriet Tubman: Conductor of the Underground Railroad”, “Roughing It”, “One Million Volumes”

Biography

Questioning

Comparing texts

Exaggeration

Making inferences about the narrator

Context clues

Word choice

Point of view

Author’s purpose

 

 

Writing:

Research Report:  Career Cruising

 

8th Grade Memory Books