Ms. Capponi's Curriculum

My 8th grade English curriculum is based on the NYS
 Common Core Curriculum which can be found

           Units                                                Assessments    
Find Your Voice/Schooled:                        
includes intro activities and                SEPT           - The Personal Essay
basics of good writing.                                                 
Short Stories Units

includes basic literary terms               OCT            - Descriptive Setting
and techniques.                                                              (Writing)
Ashes of Roses Interdisc. Unit                            
includes nineteenth century                 NOV            - Literature Essay
immigration issues
.                                                         (Reading)

The Outsiders Unit                                               
explores eighth grade                          DEC              - Reverse Book Talk              Character Education themes.                                       (Communication)

WWI Poetry/Roaring 20's                                  
Interdisciplinary Unit includes            JAN               - Research Paper
historical poems/letters/prose.                                      (Reading)

Shakespeare 101 Unit                                         
includes the bard’s three                    FEB                - Shakespearean sonnet
careers: poet, actor, playwright.                                      (Writing)

Holocaust Interdisciplinary Unit                        
includes the memoir, The Cage           MAR               - Holocaust Trial
and primary documents.                                                    (Communication)

Memorial Project Unit                                         
includes a research paper,                  APR                - Research Paper
3-D memorial and a speech.                                               (Reading)

Memorial Project Unit                                          
See above for details.                         MAY              - Memorial Speech
This projects lasts through May.                                       (Communication)

Sixties: Protest and Progress                           
Interdisciplinary Unit includes            JUNE            -  Final Exam Portfolio
music of protest/counterculture.                         

Any SIX of these assessments must be included in your final exam portfolio (2 reading, 2 writing, and 2 communication)
 *Students are expected to read a book independently every marking period.

**Students may read a second book every marking period for extra credit.
***Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation will be integrated into each unit.

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