RL.8.4

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.

 
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Mystery Creatures Discovered... AAAHHH, It's a Spider!

8th Grade Science » Unit: Biodiversity and Spiders
8th Grade Science » Unit: Biodiversity and Spiders
Lori Knasiak
Lake In The Hills, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students begin to investigate the "alien" nature of spiders to begin to appreciate their beauty and importance.

 
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Engineers Develop, Design, Invent, and Innovate in Their Careers

8th Grade Science » Unit: Exploring Engineers and the Design Process
8th Grade Science » Unit: Exploring Engineers and the Design Process
Sydney Schuler
La Grange Park, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

What do you know about engineering careers? Explore the wild world of engineering to create a fun, collaborative career hat.

 
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Story Elements and "Raymond's Run"

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Short Stories, Plays, and Elements of Fiction
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Short Stories, Plays, and Elements of Fiction
Devon  O'Brien
Leonardtown, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Story elements, such as point of view, are tools that the author uses to shape the reading experience.

 
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Romeo and Juliet: The Prologue

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Romeo and Juliet
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Romeo and Juliet
Devon  O'Brien
Leonardtown, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Sometimes, a small chunk of text presents a big challenge.

 
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Intro to Narrative Poetry/Paul Revere's Ride

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Narrative Poetry
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Narrative Poetry
Devon  O'Brien
Leonardtown, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Narrator+Story+Structure=Narrative Poetry

 
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Canned Heat In My Heels: Figurative Language In The House on Mango Street

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Literary Analysis: The House on Mango Street
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Literary Analysis: The House on Mango Street
Julianne Beebe
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Making language memorable with the use of figurative language.

Standards:
 
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Analyzing "Black Men And Public Space"

8th Grade ELA » Unit: House on Mango Street Part II
8th Grade ELA » Unit: House on Mango Street Part II
Julianne Beebe
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students explore how a non-fiction text compliments a theme discovered in a fictional text.

 
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"The Highwayman" Close Read Day 1

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Poetry
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Poetry
Nicholas Gearing
Anthem, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Putting Previous Efforts Into Practice

 
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The Ransom of Red Chief - Comparing the Film and the Short Story (Pt 2)

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Short Stories, Plays, and Elements of Fiction
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Short Stories, Plays, and Elements of Fiction
Devon  O'Brien
Leonardtown, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Second day's the charm --

 
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Raymonds Run - Story Elements and a Silent Discussion

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Short Stories, Plays, and Elements of Fiction
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Short Stories, Plays, and Elements of Fiction
Devon  O'Brien
Leonardtown, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Sharing ideas related to story elements helps students to come to a more sophisticated set of understandings about how they influence the reading of a text.

 
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"Firework" Analysis Activity

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Poetry
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Poetry
Nicholas Gearing
Anthem, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Music IS Poetry!

 
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Exploring the Power of Allusion

8th Grade ELA » Unit: House on Mango Street Part III
8th Grade ELA » Unit: House on Mango Street Part III
Julianne Beebe
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Something seems familiar here: Students learn how allusion invites more into a text.

 
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My Name

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Literary Analysis: The House on Mango Street
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Literary Analysis: The House on Mango Street
Julianne Beebe
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

What's in a name? Students take their language to new heights with written explorations of their names.

Standards:
 
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Romeo & Juliet, Act I, Scene I

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Romeo and Juliet
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Romeo and Juliet
Devon  O'Brien
Leonardtown, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

The seeds of tragedy are planted in the first scene...

 
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Measuring Energy in the Atmosphere: Exploring Climate Change

8th Grade Science » Unit: Measuring Energy
8th Grade Science » Unit: Measuring Energy
Sydney Schuler
La Grange Park, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Tired of explaining climate change? Let the students discover for themselves the facts about climate change.

 
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