Craft and Structure: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.4

Lesson Plans
February 8-12, 2016
8th Grade Language Arts
Unit Focus Standards:
Craft and Structure:
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and
technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or
allusions to other texts.
Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in
developing and refining a key concept.
Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds
to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
Ongoing Standards:
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6-8 text complexity band
independently and proficiently.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Monday – I can reflect on my progress in language arts class.
Students will:
Chart progress in data folders from quiz on RI.8.4.
Complete a KWL chart to activate prior knowledge about slavery in the United States. (5w’s of Slavery)
Watch a video clip providing an overview of slavery in the United States.
Tuesday- I can analyze specific paragraphs in a biography.
Students will:
Analyze a piece of artwork from the 1800s relating to slavery.
Read a biography of a person known for their role in ending slavery.
Use evidence from the text to create a “Body Biography.”
Wednesday – I can analyze specific paragraphs in a biography.
Students will:
Complete “Body Biographies”
Go to the computer lab to edit and print letters.
Thursday – I can analyze the structure of a speech.
Students will:
Watch a video clip about Sojourner Truth
Read “Ain’t I A Woman” and determine the author’s tone and purpose
Friday RTI /Enhancement Day:
Students will practice reading eighth grade level timed passages and responding to multiple choice and shortanswer questions.