Lesson Plans for Grading Period 1:
8th Grade Sight Words List:
- Learn how to identify a main idea of a passage.
- Learn to write a passage with the main idea in mind.
- Identify the main idea and supporting details in the following passages: Sea Turtles, and Unhappy Firsts.
- Write about a "Mysterious Note In My Lunchbox" focusing on responding to all parts of the writing prompt.
- Grammar Focus: Proper Nouns and Common Nouns
- Vocabulary list 1: definitions and sentence completion
- Read and discuss "Wish You Were Here" and use the story to practice expressing opinions and providing supporting details.
- Read a nonfiction passage and use it to identify important details to create a graphic organizer to help explain.
- Vocabulary List 2: definitions, spelling, and sentence completion.
- Write about the newspaper article from the future.
- Learn how to write a newspaper article.
- Study articles from newspapers and identify main idea and summarize with bullet point method.
- Read short story The Chaser and rewrite sentences from the story inserting current vocabulary words.
- Learn how to summarize short reading passages using complete sentences.
- Learn about Irony and how it shapes a reader's perspective.
- Practice identifying the three types of irony with worksheets and class activities.
- Complete a literary analysis form for two short stories, focusing on the use of irony in each story.
- Work on summary writing and identifying main points in a passage.
- Work from 7th grade grammar practice workbooks: verb tense, nouns, and run-on sentences.
Lesson Plans for Second Grading Period:
Wks. 1-2: Analyzing and Writing About Themes Found in Tuck Everlasting (Click on the tab above for the novel)
What's the Big Idea?: How to Identify a theme: http://blogs.scholastic.com/files/theme_b.pdf
Searching for a Theme: http://blogs.scholastic.com/files/theme_a.pdf
Use this link to access the comprehension questions and vocabulary activities for each chapter:
- Read and discuss the novel Tuck Everlasting. (Chapters 10- Epilogue)
- Complete the reading comprehension activities found by clicking on the Tuck Everlasting tab.
- Learn how to identify a theme by first identifying various topics and then writing "theme sentences" based upon the topics.
- Learn how to write an effective introductory paragraph for an essay on theme.
- Write an introductory paragraph identifying a theme for the novel. This will be included in the student's writing portfolio.
- Sight Words List 3: Definitions, Sentences, and Activities