TeacherGinger Barnhart
Subject AreaELA
Grade Level8
Week #10/22/2018
Unit of InstructionApproaching Adulthood/Argumentative Writing
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.8.RL.1.2 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.

LAFS.910.RL.1.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

LAFS.8.RL.1.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

LAFS.8.RI.3.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
  • Identify character motivation
  • Identify theme
  • Make inferences and determine the theme of a poem
  • Trace and evaluate arguments and evaluate supporting evidence to determine whether it is relevant or irrelevant.
  • Determine central ideas and details while analyzing relationships between ideas
  • Analyze the purpose of a public service announcement and understand the elements used in it.
Classroom Activities

Submit final draft of independent essay in Think Cerca

Create a graphic organizer for “Marigolds” to identify themes

Answer partner questions for “Marigolds”

Complete two CER paragraphs for “Marigolds”

Independent Silent Reading

iReady personalized instruction



Assignments Due

Independent argument essay, Final Draft (submit in ThinkCerca)

“Marigolds” Partner Questions

“Marigolds” CER paragraphs

“Marigolds” Quiz


Additional Resources


Hrw.com for audio recording, close reading examples

Power Point

Collections Textbook: Marigolds