English 8: Term Two

 A Sample Outline for English 8 : Term Two
“When reality doesn’t match our expectations, we are sometimes disappointed.
When we are disappointed, we may experience stress.
Reduce stress by checking reality before setting expectations.”

Goal – students will improve their knowledge and skills in reading and writing,  and develop an increased appreciation for reading, stories and information

Objectives
Knowledge: what the learner will know
1.    basic parts of speech, verb tenses; antecedents; structure of compound and complex sentences; vocabulary; capitalization; punctuation
2.    at least 8 literary devices
3.    at least 20 literary classics
4.    at least 40 lines of classic poetry
5.    at least 5 reading strategies
6.    at least 3 ways of responding to writing
7.    elements of a paragraph
8.    elements of an essay
9.    the purpose of stories in a culture

Skills: what the learner will be able to do
1.    articulate the strategies used to read a passage of writing
2.    write correct sentences employing literary devices
3.    find the main ideas and supporting evidence for ideas in a piece of writing and from personal experience and present them in a logically organized format
4.    infer connections between events and ideas
5.    write thoughtful responses to written material and ideas discussed in class
6.    speak and recite in front of adults and classmates

Experiences: what the learner will do
1.    read at least 10 picture books by various authors (ideally, 20)
2.    read at least 5 novels by various authors (ideally, 10)
3.    read at least 5 nonfiction books  (ideally, 10)
4.    participate in class lessons
5.    complete written assignments

Attitude: how the learner will behave
1.    demonstrate willingness to spend time reading in class
2.    demonstrate interest in borrowing books from the class and/or school library
3.    demonstrate interest in listening to stories and nonfiction material
4.     demonstrate interest in revising written work

Evaluation Methods
Knowledge: written tests  (20%)
Skills: written assignments (50%)
Experiences:  checklist of participation/completion (20%)
Attitude: observation by the teacher (10%)

Required Prerequisites
(Students who do not have the prerequisites may require additional support  from learning services, a parent or a tutor.)
Knowledge:
1.    the difference between picture books and novels
2.    the difference between fiction and nonfiction
3.    general knowledge about history, current events and geography
4.    basic understanding of spelling, capitalization and punctuation
Skills:
1.    able to bring needed supplies to class on time
2.    able to read at AR level 5.0
3.    able to write legibly in printing or cursive script
4.    able to write sentences in correct English
5.    able to rephrase written material in one’s own words
6.    able  to organize and efficiently retrieve assignments
7.    able to memorize at least 8 lines of poetry
8.    able to adjust behaviour for various classroom activities and lessons
Experiences:
1.    regularly attending class and  focusing on lessons
2.    listening to others speak and responding appropriately
3.    speaking  appropriately in front of teachers and classmates
4.    completing written work at home
5.    editing and proofreading written work and completing more than one draft of a piece of writing
Attitude:
1.    willing to trust the teacher
2.    willing to tell the teacher one’s thoughts and concerns
3.    curious about learning
4.    willing to persevere when work is boring or difficult

Materials Required
Class sets of books:
1.    novels: ‘Crispin’ and ‘The Outsiders’
2.    students need to supply their own dictionaries and thesauruses
Additional books for independent reading: from the classroom and school library
Online resources: MsRosenReads.com
Writing materials:
1.    lined and unlined paper
2.    blue or black pen, pencils, highlighters
Places: classroom and school library

Timeline
    Four one-hour English classes per week for 12 weeks (48 hours in class)
    Additional time outside of class for reading books and completing written work

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English 8: Term Two
Test of Prerequisites

A.    Knowledge:
1.    What is the difference between picture books and novels?

2.    What is the difference between fiction and nonfiction?

B.    Skills:
1.  Can you write legibly?  (Mark will be based on the sentences below.)

2. Rewrite the following sentence using correct spelling, capitalization and    punctuation. Please use your neatest printing or cursive script.

I laughed out loud The first Time i red that book and tolled My Friend that She should reed it two she sed that She wood reed it as soon as She finished the sad story about vampires witch she had just started

3.    Rewrite the following passage in your own words. You may use literary devices to improve the power of the passage..

There are many genres in literature. Fantasy is popular nowadays. Children and adults enjoy ‘Harry Potter’ stories and the ‘Hunger Games’ series.  Some people also like historical novels. Stories about World War II are especially popular.  Mystery novels are still very popular.  Canadian authors Eric Wilson and Gordon Korman are popular.  Sports stories are always popular. Canadian author Roy MacGregor’s novels  are enjoyed by hockey fans….

4.    Describe how your binder is organized.
5.    Describe your ability to participate in class lessons.
6.    Describe your ability to work on assignments without help from other students during class time.
7.    Write your full name, your division and the date in the top right-hand corner of your answer sheet.
8.    Be ready to recite 8 lines of poetry aloud.

C.    Experiences:  
1.    Comment on your attendance record in Term One.
2.    Comment on the amount of time you spent doing  school work at home.
3.    Comment on how often you completed more than one draft of a paragraph in order to improve the quality.

D.    Attitude:
1.    Comment on what you learned in English during Term One.
2.    Comment on any thoughts or concerns you have about English classes.

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©2012 Sophie Rosen.]

KNOW YOURSELF
Record the titles and page numbers of your assignments and tests.

(Some assignments may be recorded in more than one section.)
Keep your pages in order in your duotang or binder.


Knowledge: what the learner will know
1.    English conventions:
a. ____________________________________________    __________
b. ____________________________________________    __________
c. ____________________________________________    __________
d. ____________________________________________    __________
e. ____________________________________________    __________
f. ____________________________________________    __________
g. ____________________________________________    __________
h. ____________________________________________    __________
i. ____________________________________________    __________
j. ____________________________________________    __________
k. ____________________________________________    __________
l. ____________________________________________    __________

I have memorized at least 8 literary devices.    Yes / No

2. Literary devices:
a. ____________________________________________    __________
b. ____________________________________________    __________
c. ____________________________________________    __________
I have memorized at least 8 literary devices.    Yes / No

3.  Literary classics:
a. ____________________________________________    __________
b. ____________________________________________    __________
c. ____________________________________________    __________
d. ____________________________________________    __________
e. ____________________________________________    __________
f. ____________________________________________    __________
g. ____________________________________________    __________
I have memorized details about at least 20 classics.  Yes / No

4.    Classic poetry:
a. ____________________________________________    __________
b. ____________________________________________    __________
c. ____________________________________________    __________
d.  ____________________________________________    __________
I have memorized 40 lines of poetry.    Yes / No

5.    Reading strategies:
a. ____________________________________________    __________
b. ____________________________________________    __________
c. ____________________________________________    __________
I have memorized at least 5 different strategies to use while reading.  Yes / No

6.    Responding to writing:
a. ____________________________________________    __________
b. ____________________________________________    __________
c. ____________________________________________    __________
I have memorized 3 ways of responding to what I read.   Yes / No

7.    Elements of a paragraph
a. ____________________________________________    __________
b. ____________________________________________    __________
I have memorized the key elements of a paragraph.   Yes / No

8.    Elements of an essay:
a. ____________________________________________    __________
b. ____________________________________________    __________
c. ____________________________________________    __________
d. ____________________________________________    __________
I have memorized the elements of various types of essays.    Yes  / No

9.    Purpose of stories in a culture:
a. ____________________________________________    __________
b. ____________________________________________    __________
c. ____________________________________________    __________
d. ____________________________________________    __________
I can explain the purpose of stories in a culture.    Yes  / No

 

Skills: what the learner will be able to do
1.    articulate the strategies used to read a passage of writing
a. ____________________________________________    __________
b. ____________________________________________    __________
c. ____________________________________________    __________
d. ____________________________________________    __________
e. ____________________________________________    __________
f. ____________________________________________    __________
I can explain the strategies I use while reading.  Yes  /  No


2.    write correct sentences employing literary devices
a. ____________________________________________    __________
b. ____________________________________________    __________
c. ____________________________________________    __________
d. ____________________________________________    __________
I can write sentences using literary devices.   Yes  /  No

3.    find the main ideas and evidence for ideas in a piece of writing and from personal experience and present them in a logically organized format
a. ____________________________________________    __________
b. ____________________________________________    __________
c. ____________________________________________    __________
d. ____________________________________________    __________
e. ____________________________________________    __________
f. ____________________________________________    __________
g. ____________________________________________    __________
h. ____________________________________________    __________
i. ____________________________________________    __________
j. ____________________________________________    __________
k. ____________________________________________    __________
l. ____________________________________________    __________
I can find and present main ideas and supporting provide evidence..   Yes  /  No

5.    infer connections between events and ideas
a. ____________________________________________    __________
b. ____________________________________________    __________
c. ____________________________________________    __________
d. ____________________________________________    __________
I can figure out the connections between events and ideas.    Yes  /  No

6.    make thoughtful written responses to written material and ideas discussed in class
a. ____________________________________________    __________
b. ____________________________________________    __________
c. ____________________________________________    __________
d. ____________________________________________    __________
e. ____________________________________________    __________
f. ____________________________________________    __________
I can write thoughtful responses.  Yes  /  No

7.    speak and recite in front of adults and classmates
I am able to get up in front of others and speak and recite poetry.    Yes  /  No

Experiences: what the learner will do
1.    read at least 10 picture books by various authors (ideally, 20)
Bibliography of Picture Books                               ___________
I have read ______ picture books.

2.    read at least 5 novels by various authors (ideally, 10)
Bibliography of Novels                                   ___________
I have read ______ novels.

3.    read at least 5 nonfiction books  (ideally, 10)
Bibliography of Nonfiction Books                               ___________
I have read ______ nonfiction books.

4.    participate in class lessons
I regularly volunteer to participate in lessons.     Yes / No

5.    complete written assignments
All my assignments are completed and handed in for marking.   Yes  /  No

Attitude: how the learner will behave
1.    demonstrate willingness to spend time reading in class     Yes  /   No
2.    demonstrate interest in borrowing books from the class and/or school library   Yes / No
3.    demonstrate interest in listening to stories and nonfiction material    Yes / No
4.    demonstrate interest in revising written work   Yes / No

[This page may be copied for use with students if the following credit is provided:
©2012 Sophie Rosen.]

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