8th Grade Language Arts
Ms. Burgamy, Ms. Hester, Ms. Doane, Ms. Browder, Ms. Washington
In 8th grade, students must pass their 8th grade reading STAAR exam in order to be promoted to the 9th grade. Students will have to meet the criteria for the Student Success Initiative (SSI) to be promoted. During the 2nd and 3rd nine weeks, the students will be working on: exploring informational text, exploring persuasive text/media, and generating connections in both literary and informational texts. The students will have to complete the several Performance Indicators to show their understanding of the information including:
- After reading two teacher-selected expository texts, collaborate with another student and assign one of the texts to each partner. Use the organizational pattern (e.g., cause/effect, sequential, order of importance, problem/solution, etc.) as a guide for writing a summary of the assigned text. Exchange summaries with your partner. Evaluate your partner’s summary for accuracy. With your partner, create a visual representation (e.g., Venn diagram, double T-chart, creative illustration) that shows logical connections between ideas in the two texts.
- After reading 2-3 informational texts (or excerpts from texts) on a familiar topic, write a multi-paragraph essay that synthesizes the ideas from the texts. Be sure the essay is well organized with a clearly stated purpose.
Write a letter to the teacher reflecting on growth as a writer. Address strengths, improvements, and areas of concern, requesting specific support as applicable.
Write multiple response entries including thoughts, connections, and/or strategies that deepen understanding of expository and procedural texts that include graphical components. Provide evidence from the text to support ideas.