Topic outline

  • General

    8th Grade Honors English Language Arts

    January 23-27, 2017:

    Monday: STAR testing.  Think It Through-January, Week 4.

    Tuesday: Analyzing Expository Texts (in class).  Types of Organization-graphic organizer.
    Wednesday:  "Forest Fires", "Why Leaves Turn Color", and "Season's Curmudgeon".
    Thursday: Continue from yesterday-packet due tomorrow.
    Friday: Selection test on all three stories.


    cool To access the online textbook, go to "Student Tools" in the bar at the top of the page to find "Pearson Successnet",  and then...

    Username:  19jdoe186 (grad year, first name initial, last name, 186)

    Password:  Same as your Skyward

    • Unit I

      Fiction and Nonfiction  

      Big Question:  Is the truth the same for everyone?


      -Central Idea

      -Making Predictions

      -Author's Purpose

      -Writing a Description of a Person

      • Unit II

        Short Stories  

        Big Question:  Can all conflicts be resolved?

        -Character and Plot


        -Compare and Contrast

        -Making Inferences

        -Writing a Narrative

        -Writing a Critical Review

        • Unit III

          Types of Nonfiction  

          Big Question:  How much information is enough?

          -Point of View and Purpose

          -Organizational Structure

          -Word Choice and Tone

          -Main Idea

          -Fact and Opinion

          -Writing a How-to Essay

          • Unit IV


            Big Question: What is the secret to reaching someone with words?

            -Figurative and Connotative Language

            -Meaning and Tone

            -Context Clues


            -Writing your own poetry

            -Writing a Compare and Contrast Essay

            • Unit V


              Big Question: Is it our differences or similarities that matter most?



              -Draw Conclusions

              -Cause and Effect

              -Writing a Research Paper