Quarter 4 Week 7 May 10 – 14, 2021

TeacherDanielle Suhr
Subject AreaELA/Reading
Grade Level8th
Week #7
Unit of InstructionDivergent, Short Stories, Elements of a Short Story
Standard(s) Taught

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.Level 2

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.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 specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

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.RL.2.6:Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader(e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.

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.Level 3

LAFS.8.RL.3.9:Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories,or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.

LAFS.8.RL.4.10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 68 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
Classroom Activities


  1. initiates – those who are beginning their role in a new organization, waiting to be found worthy to join
  2. obstacles – things that hinder us from succeeding or moving ahead
  3. simulation – a pretend situation for training purposes
  4. banquet – a fancy dinner, often an occasion to honor someone
  5. wobble – to move back and forth without balance, to shake
  6. expectation – a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future
  7. delusion – a strong belief that is not actually true
  8. ferocity – fierceness
  9. ambassador – one who represents a group to another group, a go-between
  10. maximum – the most
  11. minimum – the least
  12. swarm of – a large group, referring to a swarm of bees
  13. sea of – a large area, referring to the sea
  14. collapse – to fall down, to implode, to cave in on oneself
  15. transmitter – a tiny device that sends information back to a source


Assignments Due

Short Stories

Write a short story which is between 2-3 pages, typed double spaced. This is not long enough to go into a lot of background material about the characters. Tell little bits of background material AS YOU WRITE THE PLOT. First, you will need by Wednesday of this week:

  1. Main character
  2. Setting
  3. Time Frame
  4. Genre: horror, romance, sci-fiction, adventure, anime, humor, historical, etc.
  5. What does the character WANT?
  6. How does the character go about achieving what he wants?
  7. What setback does he meet along the way? Due Wednesday, May 12.

Then, after Dr. Forney has approved your story idea, you will use the rest of this week and all of next week to write your short story. The final story should be your BEST WORK. Short Story is due Friday, May 21, 2021.


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