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English 8 Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
In English 8 Part 1, students will examine literary concepts by reading, interpreting, and writing about a variety of literature and other cultural texts. Students will survey a broad selection of readings while studying the structures of different literary genres, the elements of narratives and of characterization, literary devices and themes, and the concepts of style and grammar.
It is recommended that students complete English 7 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Analyze a text to identify elements of plot.
  • Utilize new vocabulary words.
  • Recognize the concept of mood.
  • Recognize literary patterns and parallel episodes.
  • Analyze differences and similarities between two works.
  • Identify the structure and purpose of a newspaper article.
  • Plan, write, and revise a first draft of a personal narrative.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Use an author’s treatment of a character’s physical appearance, thoughts, dialog, and actions to interpret characterization.
  • Use inferences and personal connections to make judgments about characters.
  • Recognize and analyze characterization in a text.
  • Utilize new vocabulary.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the treatment, scope, and organization of informational texts.
  • Write, evaluate, and revise a short story.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Analyze how literary devices, including irony and figurative language, affect a writer’s style.
  • Analyze a biographical approach to literary criticism.
  • Compare an original text to a summary.
  • Identify the components of an effective technical document.
  • Plan and write technical documents.
  • Utilize transitions when writing.
  • Compare an original text to a summary.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Distinguish between the different forms of poetry.
  • Analyze literary devices in poetry.
  • Use strategies to read, reread, and analyze a poem.
  • Recognize and analyze rhyme, rhythm, and meter.
  • Create original poems that fit the conventions of three chosen poetry subgenres.
  • Make connections between texts.
  • Create a multimedia poetry presentation.

Course Materials

  • Holt Elements of Literature (textbook

*Available as an iText course