Where do I belong? 

  An individual's role in society

Grade 8—Theme 1(Fall)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Focus Questions:

1.  What kind of citizen do I want to be?

2.  How can I, as one person, make a difference?

3.  How would I rule the world?

 

Core (whole class) Texts Used as Part of This Unit:

1.  Social Studies: Primary Documents from Holt: American Civics 2003.

2.  Reading: "Neighbors" from Lean on Me textbook

3.  Reading: "Barrio Boy" from  Lean on Me textbook

4.  Reading:  Animal Farm by George Orwell

5.  Reading: "My People are a Multitude of One"

6.  Reading:  Prentice Hall Literature (2010)

7.  English: "Oliver Hyde's Dishcloth Concert" by Richard Kennedy from  Lean on Me textbook

 

 

Literature Circles (small group) available as resources to cover during this Unit: *

(*With student choices, not all students will read every book available; every child will read some of the choices.)

1.   The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

2.   Gifts by Ursula LeGuin

3.   The Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday by Garth Nix

4.   Watership Down by Richard Adams

 

 

 

 

Standards Covered:

Literacy Standards: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

R8.B.3.1.1

1.4.8.C; 1.5.8.A

1.8.8.A-C

1.1.8.A,D; 1.2.8.A; 1.2.8.D; 1.3.8.C-D; R8.A.2.1.1-2; R8.A.1.2.2; R8.A.1.3.1-2; R8.A.1.4.1; R8A.1.5.1; R8A.1.6.1-2; R8.B.1.1.1; R8.B.2.1.1-2; R8.B.2.2.1-2

1.5.8.A-F; 1.4.8.B

1.1.8.A,D; 1.2.8.A,C; 1.2.8.D; 1.3.8.C; R8.A.2.1.1-2; R8.A.1.2.2; R8.A.1.3.1-2; R8.A.1.4.1; R8A.1.5.1; R8A.1.6.1-2; R8.B.1.1.1; R8.B.2.1.1-2; R8.B.2.2.1-2

1.1; 1.1.8.E

1.1.8.A-D; 1.2.8.B; 1.2.8.D; 1.3.8.C; R8.A.2.1.1-2; R8.A.2.2.2; R8.A.2.3.1-2; R8.A.2.4.1; R8A.2.5.1; R8A.2.6.1-2; R8.B.1.1.1; R8.B.1.2.1; R8.B.3.1.1

1.1.8.A,D; 1.2.8.A; 1.2.8.D; 1.3.8.C-D; R8.A.2.1.1-2; R8.A.1.2.2; R8.A.1.3.1-2; R8.A.1.4.1; R8A.1.5.1; R8A.1.6.1-2; R8.B.1.1.1; R8.B.2.1.1-2; R8.B.2.2.1-2

1.3.8.B

Social Studies

5.1.9.A, 5.1.9.B, 5.1.9.C, 5.1.9.E, 5.1.9.H; 5.1.9.I, 5.1.9.J, 5.1.9.K

5.2.9.A, 5.2.9.B, 5.2.9.E, 5.2.9.F, 5.2.9.G

5.3.9.A, 5.3.9.B, 5.3.9.K

 

 

 

Skills Taught and Assessed:

English skillsTheme, symbolism, figurative language, write to correct mode (informational); organization (effective leads, conclusions, transitional words and phrases, TRIES, and POWER outlining); complete sentences; effective elaboration and support; reading independently, analyzing literature in a small group setting.

 

Reading skills:  Analyze literary elements, plot, theme, character development, speaking and listening skills, critical thinking, propaganda, making generalizations, self to text connection, predicting, inferencing, comparing/contrasting, main idea/details, figurative language, setting, theme, politically correct language, symbolism, connotation and denotation,  predicting, comparing/contrasting, main idea/details, figurative language, setting, theme, character traits

 

 

 

 

Types of Instructional Technology Used:

Civics - DVD:  North Korea: Inside the Shadows (ABC Primetime)   42:00 minutes

Moodle

www.YouTube.com

Smartboard technology

United Streaming www.discoveryeducation.com   Parallel Structure Clip

Animal Farm Synopsis:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aybo5lYPx4s

Animal Farm Song:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2Lj-4iIh28

United Streaming www.discoveryeducation.com

  Search:  Last of the Czars: Revolution (Russian History) (47:46 minutes)

  Search:  Famous Authors: George Orwell: 1903-1950 (29:33 minutes)

Current Events clips

 

 

 

Major Types of Assessments Given:

Tests, quizzes, essays, projects

Five Paragraph Essay - Informational (English)

Description - Students will write a minimum 5 paragraph informational essay answering the question: Who made (makes) a difference in my life?  Students will identify the qualities of this person and explain how he/she made (makes) a difference.

 

 

 

 

Type of Final Project or Product: 

Social Studies:  Create Your Own Country brochure

Description - Students will research a type of government and economic system and create their own country based on their research.

 

Reading:  Random Acts of Kindness project

Description - Random acts of kindness project - students create a "book" describing five experiences when they were kind to someone.  Each student will write a summary of the experience, explain why he/she chose to act kindly toward that person(s), and describe how both he/she and the recipient felt about the act of kindness.   Extra credit - include a newspaper article about someone who has made a difference in the community.