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Grade 8

Collection 1: Culture and Belonging


Focus:
Culture is the widening of the
In this collection, you will explore
how people develop their own mind and of the spirit.
- Jawaharlal Nehru
identity within a new culture.
Key Objectives:
- Recognize and analyze the elements of a storys plot and the authors methods of
characterization
- Analyze elements of a personal essay including its purpose, structure, central idea and
supporting details
- Use text features and graphic aids to analyze and understand a nonfiction text
- Analyze imagery and figurative language to better understand a memoir
- Recognize elements used in a documentary
- Understand and evaluate the elements used in a documentary
- Use imagery and allusion to make inferences about the deeper meaning of a poem

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Grade 8
Collection 2: The Thrill of Horror
Focus: There is a . . . horror story
In this collection, you will examine that is only two sentences
why the horror genre both terrifies
and fascinates. long: The last man on Earth
sat alone in a room. There
was a knock at the door.
- Frederick Brown
Key Objectives:
- Determine the point of view from which a story is told
- Evaluate the credibility of a narrator
- Identify techniques used to create suspense
- Analyze an essay to determine the authors viewpoint, counterarguments, and
elements of language that contribute to style
- Determine and analyze a universal theme
- Analyze foreshadowing
- Analyze the choices a filmmaker makes when deciding to adapt a written story to
movie form
- Analyze literary criticism to gain insight into literature

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Grade 8
Collection 3: The Move Toward Freedom
Focus:
I should fight for liberty as
In this collection, you will focus on the
quest for freedom that led to the long as my strength lasted.
- Harriet Tubman
American Civil War.
Key Objectives:
- Analyze an autobiography and explain the authors purpose
- Identify methods of characterization
- Analyze the authors craft in a biography
- Identify and analyze the key elements of historical fiction
- Examine how authors create mood in a story
- Identify and analyze a compare-and-contrast organizational pattern in a text
- Understand the impact of a words connotation on meaning
- Recognize elegy as poetic form
- Understand how extended metaphors can be used to express feelings and ideas

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Grade 8
Collection 4: Approaching Adulthood
Focus: When you become a
In this collection, you will explore the teenager, you step onto a
passage from childhood to adulthood.
bridge. . . . The opposite shore
is adulthood.
- Gail Carson Levine
Key Objectives:
- Identify the motivations of characters
- Determine the factors that help them understand the theme
- Make inferences and determine the theme of a poem
- Trace and evaluate arguments
- Evaluate supporting evidence to determine relevance
- Determine central ideas and details
- Analyze relationships between ideas
- Analyze the purpose of a PSA
- Understand the elements of a PSA

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Grade 8
Collection 5: Anne Franks Legacy
Focus: I dont want to have lived in
In this collection, you will learn about vain like most people . . . I
the lasting impact of a young girl and
her diary. want to go on living even
after my death!
- Anne Frank
Key Objectives:
- Analyze the key elements of a drama, including its structure, characters, dialogue, and
events
- Analyze the elements of a diary entry
- Make and support inferences about a text
- Determine an authors point of view in a work of literary criticism
- Analyze how the authors word choices impact tone
- Identify persuasive techniques and rhetorical devices
- Analyze the use of sound devices in a poem to understand how they impact meaning

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Grade 8
Collection 6: The Value of Work
Focus: Every job is a learning
In this collection, you will explore the experience, and we can
benefits and challenges that are part
of being a worker. develop and grow in every
one.
- Colin Powell
Key Objectives:
- Recognize the characteristics of a story told by an omniscient, third-person narrator
- Recognize how a third-person point of view creates dramatic irony
- Recognize how elements of a writers style contribute to a humorous tone
- Cite evidence to draw conclusions about a text
- Analyze imagery and sensory details
- Analyze an argument
- Determine whether an arguments claims are sufficiently supported
- Analyze a poems form to understand how the use of figurative language emphasizes
certain ideas

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