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Lafayette School District

8th Grade English


Through reading and thinking strategies work, the New York Writing Project model, and the Common Core Standards, all 8th grade English students will be exposed to these Units of Study. Additional areas of focus will vary under the direction of individual teachers.


The Hero's Journey:

Students will explore Joseph Campbell's interpretation of the Hero's Journey through short stories, film, and novels. 


Memoir Writing:

Students will explore the aspects of writing a personal memoir from developing ideas from life experiences to the completion of a memoir in essay form. 


Literary Response:

Students will explore various stories and novels looking at author craft in the development of character and theme.


Argument Writing and the Position Paper:

Students will learn to research and thoughtfully present a sound argument where a position is taken and supported.



Students will explore topics in their world and write deliberately in an unbiased manner as they report their findings to a peer audience.



Key Ideas and Details

  • RL.8.1. Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • RL.8.2. De ...more