Ela – Grade 8 Required Core Connections Text and Lessons in green and Core Connections performance text and tasks in purple



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ELA – Grade 8

Required Core Connections Text and Lessons in green and Core Connections performance text and tasks in purple

Quarter

Extended Text

Literary Text

Informational Text

Writing Tasks

Research Projects

Other

1 – Thrill of Horror
Writing to Inform and Explain
Literary Reading Focus
RL.3 W.2

RL.6 W.7


RL.7

RL.9


Short Story: “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs)
Play: “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs dramatized by Mara Rockliff) (Holt, Second Course, pp. 186-195)
Film Clip: “The Monkey’s Paw” (Ricky Lewis Jr.)

Short Story: “Tell-Tale Heart” (Edgar Allan Poe)
Short Story: “The Outsider” (H. P. Lovecraft) (Close Reader)

Short Story: “Afflicted” (Matthew Johnson) (Gale)


Short Story: “The Black Cat” (Edgar Allan Poe) (Gale)

*Short Story: “Poison” (Roald Dahl)




Essay: “Scary Tales” (Jackie Torrence)
Literary Criticism: “What Is the Horror Genre?” (Sharon A. Russell)
Info Text: “Salem Witch Trials” (Smithsonian.org)

Daily routine writing tasks to develop and convey understanding of texts
4-6 short response analyses that inform and explain



1 research project to integrate knowledge from sources/culminating writing analysis essay (using multiple texts from unit)


Sources from Collection 2
Blog: “Famous Horror First Lines” (C.T. Westing)



























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