RI.8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

 
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Reading a Technical Report

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:

21st Century Learning includes the skill of reading reports for information and directions. This lesson gives students their first experience in reading technical reports.

 
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Analyzing Texts For Voice, Tone, And Mood

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:

Why am I laughing? Why am I crying? Analyzing texts for voice, tone, and mood.

 
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Day 1 - "Ain't I a Woman?" by Sojourner Truth

8th Grade ELA » Unit: What is it to be a Woman in America?
8th Grade ELA » Unit: What is it to be a Woman in America?
Nicholas Gearing
Anthem, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

What Is Sojourner Truth's Truth?

 
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truth poster
   

Comprehending Poetry with a T.P.C.A.S.T.T. Strategy about The Trail of Tears

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Interdisciplinary Unit: Building ELA Skills Through Historical Documents
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Interdisciplinary Unit: Building ELA Skills Through Historical Documents
Andrea Mills
Raleigh, NC
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Analyzing a Poem In Other Ways than through Annotation

 
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Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy Sources

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

What is the best energy source? Can renewables be the future?

 
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8th Grade ELA » Unit: Living Without
Andrea Mills
Raleigh, NC
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Enticing denotations and meanings of words through ice cream cones!

 
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student drawing ice cream
   

Introducing Travels With Charley

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Travels with Charley
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Travels with Charley
Julianne Beebe
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students meet Steinbeck "unplugged" and decide if they like what they hear.

 
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Reading Informative Text for Textual Evidence

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Informative/Explanatory Writing: Elements
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Informative/Explanatory Writing: Elements
Toby Sorge
Demarest, NJ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Helium! It's not just for balloons. It's also for finding textual evidence.

 
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Introducing the Rhetorical Square

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Bad Boy Part I
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Bad Boy Part I
Julianne Beebe
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Equipping students with a valuable skill to make them more effective readers and writers.

 
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whole group ad for rhetorical
   

Learning The Qualities Of Narrative Writing

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Personal Narrative/Memoirs: Reading and Analyzing Mentor Texts
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Personal Narrative/Memoirs: Reading and Analyzing Mentor Texts
Toby Sorge
Demarest, NJ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Breaking down narratives into the core components: Answers the question what is in a narrative.

 
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Informative Text: Close Reading Continued

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Informative/Explanatory Writing: Elements
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Informative/Explanatory Writing: Elements
Toby Sorge
Demarest, NJ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

How can students do a close reading? Work on revising.

 
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magnifying
   

Finding The Concrete Details In Narrative Writing

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Personal Narrative/Memoirs: Reading and Analyzing Mentor Texts
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Personal Narrative/Memoirs: Reading and Analyzing Mentor Texts
Toby Sorge
Demarest, NJ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Five senses for five questions. Finding the good stuff.

 
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Reading To Learn: Dinosaurs Among Us

8th Grade Science » Unit: Evidence of Common Ancestry
8th Grade Science » Unit: Evidence of Common Ancestry
Lori Knasiak
Lake In The Hills, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Reading to learn is tough but that does not mean it can't be fun! Students work to "translate" a scientific article from a renowned paleontologist into "everyday speak" that any young person can understand without losing the article's integrity.

 
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8th Grade ELA » Unit: Risking it All
Andrea Mills
Raleigh, NC
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Will you Risk ALL of NOTHING? That is the question!

Standards:
 
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Applying the Rhetorical Square to Text

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Bad Boy Part I
8th Grade ELA » Unit: Bad Boy Part I
Julianne Beebe
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students unlock a skill to becoming better readers and better writers.

 
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