Common Core Standards for Reading of Literature - Grade 8
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Students will do this when they are reading their survival themed books.
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. Again, this standard will be met as students respond to the text in survival book clubs.
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. As part of this unit students will be analyzing poetry.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently. To be completed as students analyze both long and short works of fiction and poetry.
Common Core Standards for Writing - Grade 8
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. Students will complete this standard when they write flash fiction as one of the culminating projects.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Students will be writing poetry in response to nature.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. Routine writing assignments in the nature journals will facilitate the meeting of this standard.