Q4W3, April 12-16

TeacherJanna Rodgers
Subject AreaELA
Grade Level8
Week #3
Unit of InstructionThe Thrill of Horror
Standard(s) Taught

8.RL.1.1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis and inferences.
8.RL.1.3: Analyze incidents in a story.
8.RL.2.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases.
8.RL.2.6: Analyze how differences in points of view create suspense.
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.
LAFS.8.RI.3.9 Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on
the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or
LAFS.8.SL.2.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent
manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen
details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will determine the point of view from which a story is told.
Students will evaluate the credibility of a narrator.
Students will identify techniques used to create suspense in a fictional account.
Students will engage with critical vocabulary.
Students will outline an argument on a specific topic.
Students will participate in a debate where they present their claim using evidence, valid reasoning, and well-chosen details.

Classroom Activities

Monday: Read “The Outsider,” by H.P. Lovecraft (Close Reader workbook)
Listen to a Smash, Boom, Best debate and outline the argument
Tuesday: Read “Scary Tales,” Jackie Torrence and outline her argument
Teams will outline a Declaration of Greatness for the Smash, Boom, Best debate.
Wednesday: Work on horror stories (use an unreliable narrator), “Scary Tales” quiz, and DEAR Time
Thursday: Teams will outline Mirco-round arguments, rebuttals, and finalize research and evidence.
Friday: Smash, Boom, Best debates

Assignments Due

“Scary Tales” quiz
Smash, Boom, Best debate

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