TeacherGinger Barnhart
Subject AreaELA
Grade Level8
Week #10/29/2018
Unit of InstructionApproaching Adulthood
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.8.RL.1.1 Cite textual evidence

LAFS.8.RL.1.2 Determine theme

LAFS.8.RL.2.4 Determine figurative meanings

LAFS.8.RL.1.3 Analyze how incidents in a story reveal a character

LAFS.8.RL.2.5 Compare and contrast the structure of 2 texts

LAFS.8.W.1.2 Write explanatory texts to examine a topic

LAFS.8.W.2.4 Produce clear and coherent writing

LAFS.8.W.3.9a Apply grade 8 Reading standards to literature

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
  • To identify theme in a story
  • To identify character motivation
  • To use evidence to support a claim
  • To develop vocabulary
  • To identify theme in a poem
  • To compare structure of 2 poems
  • To practice close reading and analytical skills
Classroom Activities

Short written response–CER paragraphs on ‘Marigolds’

Close Reader: ‘Identity’ and ‘Hard on the Gas’ poems

ThinkCERCA ‘Themes’ and ‘Tone’ direct instruction lesson

Independent Silent Reading

iReady personalized instruction

Read ‘Hanging Fire’ and ‘Teenagers’

Chart to compare speaker, themes, poetic language, structure

Assignments Due

‘Marigolds’ quiz

‘Hanging Fire’ and ‘Teenagers’ comparison chart

ThinkCERCA direct instruction quizzes: Theme and Tone

Close Reader: Identity, and Hard on the Gas

Additional Resources

Collections textbook: ‘Marigolds’, ‘Hanging Fire’, ‘Teenagers’

Power Point


ThinkCERCA direct instruction lessons

Close Reader workbook