May Packet for 8th Grade!
*12 passages with accompanying questions**
All of the following excerpts, charts, passages and diagrams are associated with either a variety of multiple choice reading comprehension questions, open-response questions, student inquiry, both short and long answer questions or a combination of strategies.
Students will get acquainted with taking complex-question assessments. Use for; weekly assessments, pre-assessment, post-assessment, progress monitoring, and whatever else you have in mind!
Questions involve; close reading, using context clues, inference, poetry elements, plot, characterization, analytical reading, comprehension, reading for meaning, vocabulary and so much more!
May packet includes 12 passages:
1. Poem- Daffodils
-Key Elements: Close read, deciphering meaning, figurative language, poetic elements, summary
2. Fiction – Excerpt from The Black Pearl
-Key Elements: Close read, point of view, deciphering meaning, understanding illustrations
3. Biography – Scott O’Dell
-Key Elements: Close read, synonyms, understanding nonfiction and the events of a person’s life
4. Poem – Whenever I see a Soldier Boy
-Key Elements: Close read of poetry, poetic elements, deciphering meaning, understanding lines in a poem and how they relate to the overall message, tone, theme
5. Nonfiction – The Corps of Discovery Expedition
-Key Elements: Close read, deciphering meaning, understanding a map
6. Nonfiction – Transcript of President Jefferson’s Message
-Key Elements: Understanding a speech, deciphering meaning, close read of an historical document
7. Nonfiction – Cinco de Mayo
-Key Elements: Close read, structure, deciphering a map, understanding meaning as it relates to a nonfiction article
8. Fiction – Excerpt from The Finisher
-Key Elements: Close read, understanding writing style, identifying unknown terms/ using context clues, irony, figurative language, point of view
9. Nonfiction – Excerpt from The Great Fire
-Key Elements: Close read, deciphering meaning, challenges faced, vocabulary definitions, understanding maps, organization of a nonfiction article
10. Nonfiction- Excerpt from The Chunnel
-Key Elements: Close read, deciphering meaning, understanding text
11. Nonfiction – Neil Armstrong’s Moon Walk
-Key Elements: Close read, synonyms, analyzing personality based on clues from the text, understanding quotes, main idea/supporting details.
12. Greek Myth – Pandora’s Box
-Key Elements: Close read of a myth, character development, prefix/suffix, theme
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Common Core standards and Lexile levels included on Answer Key.
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***Note- If you are purchasing more than one grade level packet of the same month within middle school (6-8) please note that they are extremely similar. This is because Common Core groups middle school as 6-8 and the concepts are very similar throughout the three years. Some passages/questions differ depending on the monthly packet. Please read the contents carefully and email if you have any questions!
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