This ELA CCSS based instructional calendar is a pacing guide a 9 weeks section of a school year. This calendar can be used by classroom teachers or home school teachers. It covers the writing portion of the 8th grade ELA classroom. It also includes text-based writing prompts that teachers can utilize in the classroom. Also included are rubrics and a sample grammar test with proofreading. Essay topics include a comparison contrast with Anne Frank Remember and an article "Fighting Hitler", Langston Hughes' poems, writing a personal narrative along with graphic organizers, and a biography research project. The theme of this calendar is Overcoming Obstacles. This calendar was created by firstname.lastname@example.org. This free product includes the calendar and one writing prompt (Anne Frank Remembered and Fighting Hitler). The full version is available for purchase - it contains the Black Line Masters and all the writing prompts noted in the calendar. Companion Lesson Plans with the CCSS addressed and "I Can" statements for this calendar are available for purchase.