This ELA CCSS based instructional calendar is a pacing guide for 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 PARCC aligned text-based writing prompts that teachers can utilize in the classroom. Essay topics include writing a mystery, Animal Farm and King's "I Have a Dream Speech", poetry comparison/contrast "I'm Nobody" and "Me", creating a poetry booklet, and comparing poems by Robert Frost. The theme of this calendar is Making Choices. This calendar was created by firstname.lastname@example.org. This full version contains the Black Line Masters and all the writing prompts noted in the calendar. Companion Ready-made Lesson Plans with the CCSS addressed and "I Can" statements for this calendar are included in this bundle. Contact Tracy Dorsey if you need additional information.