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Grade 8 English Year Plan The following is a list of units that we will be covering this year. 1. Short Stories - focusing on structure, theme, plot, characters, conflict, and analytical thinking. 2. Novel Study and Literature Circles 3. Media 4. Poetry - – lyrical (music). Specific lessons and interspersed throughout reading/writing workshops. 5. Writing - Writing Workshop - mini-lessons from a variety of sources and daily or weekly quick-writes Types of Writing: letters – business myths poetry persuasive essay narrative fiction “how to” short scripts newspaper article 6. Drama We will also focus on: 1. Independent reading - 15 to 20 minutes per day plus 20 minutes a day at home. 2. Reading Workshop - Mini-lessons including, but not limited to: why reading is important; awareness, recognition, and use of strategies (connections, visualization, predictions, inferring, questioning, finding main idea, identifying character traits, etc.) 3. Writing workshop - creative / portfolio writing / quick writes plus types of letters and more 4. Spelling – guided activities and a personal demons lists 5. Grammar – mini lessons several times a week, woven into the units of study. This list is subject to change and units may be added. Assessments will include tests, quizzes, group and self assessments, journals, Socratic circles, conferencing, presentations, assignments, homework and reading logs. I am available for extra help if you do not understand something. Generally I will be available before school, lunch and after school on a daily basis. My email is email@example.com My webpage is http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/mlhal1 We will focus on connections – text to text, text to self, text to world.
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