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Course SummaryHelp your 8th grade students meet the Common Core literature standards for 8th grade with these lessons on point of view, dialogue, structure, motifs and themes. Use these video lessons and quizzes to integrate all the topics required by the Common Core into your lesson plans, discussion topics and exam questions.
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About the Common Core
If you're writing unit or lesson plans to address Common Core literature standards for 8th grade, check out this collection of lessons. Content can help students improve their reading comprehension skills or introduce them to the literary devices used to analyze poetry, fiction, and drama.
The lessons included here can be assigned for homework so that students come to class with an idea of the concepts and vocabulary terms to be addressed that day. You could also use the lessons to help demonstrate techniques for analyzing literature. There are even brief multiple-choice quizzes students can take before and after going over lesson content to assess their understanding of the material.
Cite Textual Evidence: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Standard: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
This chapter covers strategies for improving reading comprehension through the use of context clues and prior knowledge. Lessons also include a step-by-step guide for analyzing literary passages and tips for backing up an analysis of a written passage with textual evidence.
Analyze Themes: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2
Standard: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Use these lessons to help students examine the differences between themes and motifs. They can also explore the uses of plot and characterization in thematic development and learn how to summarize a text.
Analyze Dialogue: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
Standard: Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
This chapter gives students a chance to practice analyzing dialogue. Lessons can help them explore how the conversation that takes place between characters is used as a device for developing plot and revealing character traits.
Analyze Word Choice: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
Standard: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Show students the differences between connotation and denotation, allusion and illusion, and metaphor and simile. These lessons also illustrate the relationships between word choice, tone, and mood and demonstrate the uses of consonance, assonance, and repetition to convey meaning.
Analyze Structure of a Text: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.5
Standard: Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
These lessons explore how a text's structure affects meaning. Students can use them as a guide when comparing and contrasting two texts' structural and stylistic differences.
Analyze Point of View: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.6
Standard: Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
In addition to the uses and types of irony, lessons in this chapter discuss the effects of first, second, and third person point of view on the reader. Limited, objective, and omniscient narration are also discussed.
Analyze Elements in Different Artistic Mediums: CCSS.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.7
Standard: Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.
Use this chapter to help students recognize the extent to which an original work of literature has been adapted to the stage or screen. Content can also show them how to point out creative interpretations of a work.
Understand How Authors Use Source Material: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.9
Standard: Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.
Address this objective with lessons covering some of the mythologies and religious traditions influencing modern fiction. Use them to demonstrate how these sources are discernible in a work's characterizations, themes, and event sequences.
Literature Lessons for Grade 8: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.10
Standard: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
These lessons contain plot summaries and analyses of works including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Of Mice and Men, Robinson Crusoe and 'The Raven.' You can also use them to introduce poems by Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as well as the biographies and works of Edith Wharton and Jonathan Swift.
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