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Big Idea Questions

  • How does society influence an individual?
  • How can individuals influence society?


In the next few weeks you will...

In the next few weeks you will...

  • Read multiple texts about the Civil War
  • Analyze perspectives of different individuals within Civil War-era society
  • Read multiple texts about another time period of your choice
  • Analyze perspectives of different individuals withing your time period
  • Write a speech from the perspective of one person in your time period.
  • Participate in a panel discussion between individuals from your time period about the big idea questions!



Literacy skills and content

Compare and contrast at least two texts on the same topic.  Analyze...

  • structure
  • point of view
  • word choice
  • differences in facts or interpretations

Write a narrative from the perspective of a historical figure.  In that role, make a claim that draws evidence from texts.

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Craft and Structure:  Which of these?

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.

Craft and Structure:  Which of these?

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept.
Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:


Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.

Text Types and Purposes

Is their final piece a narrative/argument hybrid?

Research to Build and Present Knowledge:

Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:

Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

Comprehension and Collaboration--which of these?


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others' questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.



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