Ms. Capponi's Curriculum

2015-16 Curriculum
     
                                                                  
My 8th grade English curriculum is based on the NYS Common Core Curriculum found here.


           Units                                                Assessments    
Find Your Voice/Schooled:                        
includes intro activities and               SEPT       - The Personal Essay
 
basics of good writing.                                                 
(Writing)
                         
Short Stories Units
                                            

includes basic literary terms              OCT        - Descriptive Setting
and techniques.                                                              (Writing)
                       
Ashes of Roses Interdisc. Unit                            
includes nineteenth century                NOV        - Literature Essay
immigration issues
.                                                         (Reading)

Book Clubs                                                
unit includes realistic fiction 
which explores eighth grade               DEC          - Blogging  Character Education themes.                                    (Communication)

WWI Poetry/Roaring 20's                                  
interdisciplinary unit includes             JAN          - Research Paper
historical poems/letters/prose.                                      (Reading)
                       

Shakespeare 101 Unit                                         
includes the bard’s three                    FEB            - Sonnet
careers: poet, actor, playwright.                                     (Writing)

Holocaust Interdisciplinary Unit                        
includes the memoir, The Cage           MAR            - Closing Argument
and primary documents.                                              (Communication)

Memorial Project Unit                                         
includes a research paper,                  APR              - Research Paper
3-D memorial and a speech.                                               (Reading)

Memorial Project Unit                                          
See above for details.                         MAY            - Memorial Speech
This projects lasts through May.                               (Communication)

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie                           
realistic fiction unit focuses on           JUNE          -  Final Reflection
the transition from middle school 
to high school.                         


SIX of these assessments must be included in your final exam portfolio (2 reading, 2 writing, and 2 communication)
 *Students are expected to read a book independently every marking period.

**Students may read a second book every marking period for extra credit.
***Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation will be integrated into each unit.

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