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1 Scope and Sequence/Essential Questions Scope and Sequence 8th Grade Language First Six Weeks Week SPI Essential Question Checks for Understanding Week How can you identify and correctly place prepositional phrases in sentences? Week Week 3 1 Week How can you identify and use various types of nouns in writing? (Used as subjects, common/proper, singular/plural/possessives) How do you form singular and plural possessives using an apostrophe? How do you spell words correctly within a text? When do you underline/italicize titles, specific words, numbers, letters, and figures? How can you identify and use various types of pronouns in writing? (reflexive, interrogative, and demonstrative) How do you make pronouns and their antecedents agree? How do you use pronoun case correctly? (objective, nominative, and possessive) How can you identify and use different types of verbs in writing? (action/linking to start the predicate)

2 Week What are the four purposes for writing? (to inform, to describe, to explain, to persuade, to entertain) How do you identify an individual written selection as technical, narrative, persuasive, or descriptive mode? How can we identify the targeted audience for a selected passage? How do you use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words? How do you choose the correct meaning/usage of a multi meaning word by replacing the word in context with an appropriate synonym or antonym? How do you use the knowledge of roots and affixes to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words? What are some different types of graphic organizers, and how can they help us with writing? (clustering, listing, mapping, webbing) Week 6 review Benchmark test Scope and Sequence 8th Grade Language Second Six Weeks Week SPI Essential Question Checks for Understanding

3 Week What is the difference between regular and irregular verbs? How do you make subjects and verbs agree? How should you use tense consistency in writing? (simple and perfect tenses) Week 2 What is a direct object/indirect object? What is a predicate noun/adjective? Week Week How do you recognize usage errors in writing? (Subject/verb agreement, pronoun case, double negatives, comparative/superlative forms, trouble some word pairs: to/too/two, their/there/they re, its/it s, sit/set, lie/lay, affect/effect, may/can, leave/let, teach/learn, accept/except, capitol/capital, principle/principal, between/among, rise/raise, stationary/stationery, where/were, which/that/who) How do you spell words correctly within a text? How do you recognize the effect of stressed or unstressed syllable to aid in identifying the meaning of multiple meaning words?

4 Week How do you recognize and use grade appropriate and content specific vocabulary? How do you select an appropriate thesis statement for a writing sample? How do you choose supporting sentences that best fit the context and flow of ideas in a paragraph? What would make sentences irrelevant to a paragraph s theme or flow? How do you use illustrations, explanations, anecdotes, descriptions, and/or facts to support key ideas? Week 6 review Benchmark test Scope and Sequence 8th Grade Language Third Six Weeks Week SPI Essential Question Checks for Understanding Week How can you identify and use various types of adjectives in writing? (common/proper, comparative/superlative forms, and adjective clauses) How can you identify and use adverbs to

5 enhance writing? (comparative/superlative forms) How do you select vivid words to strengthen a description within a writing sample or passage? (adjectives, adverbs, strong verbs, similes, metaphors Week How can you identify and use various types of conjunctions in writing? (coordinating, correlative, and subordinating) How can you identify and use interjections in writing? Week How do you identify commonly used foreign words and phrases? (RSVP, déjà vu, faux pas, du jour, bon voyage, alma mater, cum laude, femme fatale, esprit de corps, verbatim) Week Week What are some appropriate time order or transitional words /phrases to enhance the flow of writing? How do you rearrange multi paragraph work in a logical and coherent order? How do you select an appropriate title that reflects the topic of a written selection?

6 How do you select the most appropriate format for a workrelated text? Week 6 review Benchmark test Scope and Sequence 8th Grade Language Fourth Six Weeks Week SPI Essential Question Checks for Understanding Week How do you identify and use gerunds and gerund phrases in writing? How do you identify and use participles and participial phrases in writing? Week 2 0 How do you identify and use infinitives/infinitive phrases? How do you identify and use appositives/appositive phrases in writing? Week What is a subordinate/independent clause? How do you use commas correctly in writing? (compound sentences, complex sentences, coordinating conjunctions, introductory words, appositives, interrupters, quotation

7 marks, colons before a list of items in a series? Week What are some ways to combine sentences? (Comma plus coordinating conjunction, use of semicolon, use introductory phrases or clauses) How can you tell the difference between a noun clause, adjective clause, and an adverb clause Week What are some ways to correct run on sentences? (conjunctions and semicolons to join, and periods to separate) Week 6 review Benchmark test Scope and Sequence 8th Grade Language Fifth Six Weeks Week SPI Essential Question Week How do you distinguish between primary and secondary sources? (interviews, letters, diaries, newspapers, autobiographies, personal narratives, Checks for Understanding

8 Week Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 reference books, periodicals, Internet, biographies, and informational texts) How do you identify levels of reliability among resources? (eyewitness account, newspaper account, supermarket tabloid account, Internet source) How do you determine the most appropriate research source for a given research topic? How do you discern irrelevant research material from written text? How do you select the most focused research topic? Continue week 2 Continue writing research paper TCAP review TCAP review TCAP test

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