Quarter 2, Week 5-6

TeacherElizabeth Savory
Subject AreaELA
Grade Level8th
Week #11/13/2017-11/21/2017
Unit of InstructionEncore! stories and Informative 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

LAFS.8.RL.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text

LAFS.8.RL.2.5 Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts

LAFS.8.RL.3.7 Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors

LAFS.8.W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content

LAFS.8.W.2.5 With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed

LAFS.8.W.3.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources…

LAFS.8.W.3.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

To compare story elements and structure

To identify themes in stories

To identify author’s purpose and tone in stories

To reflect on character

To evaluate performance and compare text to performance

To begin research for informative essay

To select and evaluate sources and articles

Classroom Activities

Read and listen to audio of ‘The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County’ by Mark Twain; discuss moral, tone, and author’s purpose

Watch Disney version of ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ and compare to the reader’s theatre version we read

Field trip to see stories performed OR journal prompt and drawing as one of the characters from the stories

Silent reading

Researching informative essay topic

‘Conducting Research’ interactive lessons on my.hrw.com

Performance assessment book activities with a partner

Station rotations

Assignments Due

Character journal prompt OR Performance Review

3 sources for informative essay topic

Performance assessment pages 33-42

Additional Resources
Power Point
‘The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County’ by Mark Twain

‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ short Disney film at dailymotion.com

Audio version of ‘The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County on Youtube

Performance Assessment books: Informative Writing unit

my.hrw.com interactive lessons on conducting research and informative writing