Lesson Plans February 8-12, 2016 8th Grade Language Arts Unit Focus Standards: Craft and Structure: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.4 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. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.5 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. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.6 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: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.10 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.