Eighth Grade English

Eighth grade students adopt a “youth lens,” meaning they read to critically examine how adolescents and adolescence are characterized and portrayed. Students compare the depictions of young adults in the literature to their own experience as well as to historical context and biological fact. Ultimately, they write a comparative essay to explore what it means or should mean to read and write about adolescence and be an adolescent. Units and accompanying texts include:

  • Author’s Craft with “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Biographical Narrative with “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice” by Phillip Hoose
  • A Literary Approach to “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare
  • Realistic Fiction: Character Study with “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
  • Poetry composition and performance with guest poets from the Poetry Society of America