|Unit of Instruction||comprehending nonfiction details, writing introduction, middle, and conclusion, choosing key details from a nonfiction text and a fiction text|
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.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,
LAFS.8.RL.1.3: Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
LAFS.8.RL.2.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of
LAFS.8.RL.2.5: Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
LAFS.8.RI.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.1.2: Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas;
LAFS.8.RI.1.3: Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
LAFS.8.RI.2.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the
LAFS.8.RI.2.6: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
|Learning Targets and Learning Criteria|
My students will read aloud the essays they wrote last week. This counts as a quiz grade. As I told you, I am looking for an introduction, a detailed middle, and a conclusion.
My students will watch a short video on taking care of a horse. They will take notes to use on their nonfiction essay.
My students will read four nonfiction texts, discuss important details, and take a quiz on each passage.
My students will read the 64 ways and words to use for citing evidence in nonfiction.
ESE – Special Considerations based on IEP
Monday – Read and Review 64 citing words for citing sources in essays. Read The Tell-Tale Heart independently.
Tuesday – Quiz on Tell-Tale Heart. Discuss author’s purpose, point of view, setting, time frame, and key details that make the story work.
Wednesday – Ready independently 45 minutes on your chapter book. In the afternoon we will read two nonfiction texts on taking care of horses.
Thursday – We will read two more nonfiction texts on taking care of horses. We will take quizzes on comprehension for each text.
Friday – We will review the new things we have learned this week and finish others. We will play Kahoot.
Cleaning A Horse’s Stall
What’s on the Menu?
In order for your horse to stay happy and healthy, you’ll need to provide good nutrition for him.
Bathing Your Horse
Like everyone else, horses get dirty and need baths. The bad news is you have to bathe her! The good news is you don’t have to do it too often. Here are some tips to serve as a checklist and reminder for you as you bathe your horse.
Protecting Your Horse from Flies, Mosquitoes, and Ticks
When you’re responsible for a horse, you have to think of the weirdest things at times, like bugs and insects and manure. Most horses spend a lot of time out in pastures, rolling on the ground, playing with other horses, racing, and munching grass. With manure in the open pasture, flies show up almost immediately, and they are also attracted to horse sweat, eyes, ears, and nostrils. Swarms of flies buzzing around his face can be very irritating and distressing for a horse. Clouds of mosquitoes can get into a horse’s eyes and drive him half crazy.
1. according to the author – Use when citing from an author.
According to Juana Rios, it’s best to visit Puerto Rico in the springtime.
2. according to _______________ – Use when citing from an expert.
According to HGTV, tomatoes grow well in South Carolina, and my dad planted some for us this year.
3. admits – Use when the expert has been questioned.
Caroline Ezra admits her experience in Panama was simply magical.
4. advocates the view – Use when an expert recommends something.
Melissa Forney advocates that children should have time to use their imaginations, play, and explore even
5. affirms – Use when an expert agrees with someone or something.
The author affirms that sports are a wonderful way for kids to get exercise.
6. agrees – Use when an expert agrees with someone or something.
7. alleges – Use when an expert states something that he believes to be true.
My mother alleges that other people will be nice to you if you’re nice to them.
8. argues – Use when an expert has an opposing or different view.
When other parents think kids should go to be early, my Dad argues, “No way.” He thinks some kids don’t need to go to bed early.
9. asserts – Use when an expert makes a statement.
Miss Phillips, my teacher, asserts that she wants her students to know that reading is incredibly
10. believes – Use when an expert states something he believes in.
Monty Roberts, sometimes called the Horse Whisperer, believes horses use a special language and humans can learn this language and use it to talk with horses.
11. cautions – Use when an expert warns us.
When we go out into the woods, Delmar Whitehorse cautions us to always have someone with us and to take lots of water.
12. charges – Use when an expert asks us to do something.
The Golden Rule charges we should treat others like we want to be treated.
13. claims – Use when an expert states something to be true.
When we went out on Lake Jessup with an alligator expert, he claimed there’s somewhere around 150,000
14. comments – Use when an expert gives his opinion.
Janna Ripley, a makeup artist, commented that she thinks it’s best not to use too much blush on
15. compares – Use when an expert compares two things or two or more ideas.
The author compares owning your own horse to a full-time hobby.
16. concludes – Use for a last quote from an author or expert.
The veterinarian at Stelthorn Zoo, Della Sharps, concludes that if some guest didn’t break the rules, most zoo accidents wouldn’t happen. These animals are wild, and we must remember that.
17. confides – Use when an expert or author shares confidential information.
The author confides that he could hardly speak to a girl when he was a kid because he was shy.
18. confirms – Use when an expert agrees with something previously stated or another expert.
Dr. Granger warns that polio could once again become a threat if we are not watchful, which confirms Dr. Salk’s findings.
19. counsels – Use when an expert gives advice.
In his article on dental care, Dr. Lee Edgars counsels us to eat an apple every day because it’s good for your teeth.
20. declares – Use to quote an expert.
Channel 7’s weather report declares we are under a tornado watch until 3:00 pm.
21. demands – Use to show the expert was forceful in his beliefs.
The author demands for us to either treat our pet dogs with love and kindness or don’t get one.
22. denies – Use when an expert wants us to know that a previous claim is not true.
The author served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He denies any claims that he never
23. emphasizes – Use when an expert wants to really make a point.
The second author emphasizes to make sure the eggs and butter you use are at room temperature.
24. establishes – Use to quote an expert.
The author establishes that you must be in the best physical shape to participate in Parkour.
25. estimates – Use when an expert is giving an educated guess.
The author of the third article estimates that by the age of 50, at least 75% of adults will be overweight.
26. explains – Use when an expert gives expository information.
Model Angela Townsend explains that modeling is a very demanding job, but it pays well.
27. expresses – Use when an expert is giving his opinion or feelings.
Omar Trujillo expresses that working with butterflies is a life’s calling even if some people think it’s weird.
28. feels – Use when an expert shares his feelings.
The author feels that it’s good for hearing people to include deaf people in their conversations
29. states – Use to quote an expert.
When the police questioned her, the suspect’s wife stated she had never seen her husband use
30. holds the position – Use when an expert is on one side of a debate.
Jackson Torres holds the position that a horror movie audience wants to see really creepy makeup. He should know because he’s a world-famous makeup artist.
31. identifies – Use when an expert points out a specific example.
The author identifies with those who are poor and have gone to bed hungry.
32. illustrates – Use when an expert tells a story to make a point.
Debbie Johnson illustrates that is important to stay off your phone when you drive. She answered a text while driving two years ago and had a car wreck. The other driver was killed and Debbie lost her leg.
33. implies – Use when an expert suggests something but might not state it outright.
The baker at Dunkin’ Donuts implies that he is overweight because he eats some of the goodies
34. indicates – Use to quote an expert.
The author’s research indicates that many African men, women, and children still have AIDS and need our help.
35. insists – Use when an expert really wants to make a point.
The author of the second article, Dominique Gentry, insists that pit bulls are loving, gentle dogs. It is only when dog fighters beat and starve them that they turn into killers.
36. instructs – Use when an expert teaches us or gives directions.
Our baking teacher instructs us to lightly stir our muffin dough, so it won’t get tough.
37. maintains – Use when an expert tells his side of the story.
The second author maintains that we need sun every day because that’s one way we get Vitamin D.
38. mentions – Use when an expert is casual in his opinion.
The author mentioned that she would be thrilled to be chosen for the space program.
39. notes – Use when an expert makes an observation.
The author notes that sweet potato pie is different than pumpkin pie.
40. observes – Use when an expert makes an observation.
The author observes that the hardest of all woods, ebony wood, is used to make the black keys on a piano.
41. pleads – Use when an expert urgently wants to make a point.
The author pleads for us not to start smoking, so we won’t ever get addicted.
42. points out – Use when an expert makes an observation.
Soo Kim points out that Korean food is not only delicious but good for you, too.
43. professes – Use when an expert wants to make his personal viewpoint or feelings known.
The author professes that we should be nice to people even if they don’t agree with us.
44. presents the argument – Use when an expert wants to persuade us.
Stella Mason presents the argument that we should all eat three servings of vegetables and four
45. proposes – Use when an expert wants to make a suggestion.
The author thinks that it is good for kids to see something in person, touch and experience it themselves, so she proposes more field trips.
46. proves – Use when an expert has given proof.
The author proves that the planet Mars has flowing water by showing recent photos.
47. questions – Use when an expert raises a question.
Bear Grylls questions why anyone wouldn’t want to learn basic survival skills. If we know where to find water, food, and how to make shelter it could save our lives one day.
48. recommends – Use when an expert gives advice.
Dr. Oz recommends for us to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.
49. rejects – Use when an expert rejects an idea.
The author rejects the idea that wild animals should be in a zoo. She thinks they are better off in the wild where they can be happy.
50. relates – Use when an expert tells us something.
Jon Surmayo relates that when he was a kid, he climbed trees, built forts, and swam in the creek
51. remarks – Use when an expert tells us something.
Jean-Pierre Conte remarks how great it would be for tourists to come visit Haiti because the people are warm and loving.
52. reminds us – Use when an expert wants us to remember something.
The orchestra leader André Rieu reminds us that music is the international language.
53. repeats – Use when an expert repeats or restates an important idea.
Jungle expert Sara Gilson repeats her advice that we should seek immediate medical attention if
54. reports – Use when an expert shares firsthand information.
The Weather Channel reports a category three hurricane is headed for New Orleans.
55. reveals – Use when an expert shares information for the first time.
Our drama teacher revealed West Side Story will be our next show.
56. says – Use to quote an expert.
To open Mickey’s Clubhouse, Mickey Mouse says special magic words.
57. states – Use to quote an expert. Melissa Forney states, “The three most important things to remember in writing are content,
Melissa Forney states that content, creativity, and conventions are the three most important things to remember in writing.
58. stresses – Use when an expert thinks something is important.
Maya Angelou stresses that we should not complain. If we don’t like something, we should change it. If we can’t change it, then we have to change our attitude.
59. suggests – Use to quote an expert.
Alma Runningbear suggests to use sweet, fresh chokeberries that have been dried for a week if you’re going to make your own pemmican.
60. testifies – Use when an expert shares from firsthand experience.
The author testifies that he has seen the Statue of Liberty in person, and he thinks it’s beautiful.
61. thinks – Use to quote an expert’s personal opinion.
The author, Fen Chen, thinks the Chinese food here in America is very different from the Chinese food in Taiwan.
62. urges – Use when an expert wants to emphasize something or move us to action.
Coach urges us to exercise every day because it is excellent for your body.
63. wants us to know – Use when an expert has given advice.
Dwayne Johnson, also known as “The Rock,” wants us to know that it is important to just be yourself.
64. warns us – Use when an expert wants to caution us.
The author of Getting Your Driver’s License warns us to study for the written test and not put it