8th grade Reading

Week of 4/24/17

Students read and listened to the radio play of Louise Fletcher's "The Hitchhiker".

We then watched an adaptation of the same story from "The Twilight Zone." and began a discussion of how filmmakers use Framing, Lighting, and Editing to enhance and create various narrative elements. 


Week of 11/21/16

Last week students were introduced to the Hero's Journey, and looked at numerous examples of how it shows up in narratives throughout history and in today's world:

Students will spend the next few weeks reading and tracking each stage in the novel they chose from their Hero's Journey Book List.

Week of 10/7/16 

This week we will read Shirley Jackson's The Lottery to review Themes, and how to identify and track a Central Idea through a story.


Students read Thank You, Ma’am by Langston Hughes, to help review Narrative Elements.

For Summarizing and Plot Mapping, we watched Nick Park’s exquisitely plotted The Wrong Trousers.

To look at Character Inference, and how thoughts, words, and actions help shape who you are, we read Liam O’Flaherty’s The Sniper, and Saki’s The Open Window.

To study how Setting, Plot, and Character interact in a narrative, we looked at Jack London’s To Build a Fire.

Week of 9/12/16

Our focus for most of the first trimester will be narrative fiction.  

We used the poem The Ballad of the Oysterman to review Narrative Elements.

Students should be well into their independent reading book.  This year's goal is a minimum of 20 books, or 2 books a month, or about 100 pages a week.

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