October 20 through 26

Second Nine Weeks

WEEK TEN: Days One and Two (plus Staff Development Day)

WEEK TEN: Days Three and Four (Eighth Grade Retreat at Lookup Lodge)

WEEK TEN: Day Five

Unit Theme:

Characteristics of Good Readers

Elements of Good Fiction

Unit Essential Questions:

What do good readers do every time they read?

1. How and why do good readers use prior knowledge?

2. How and why do good readers ask questions about the text while reading?

3. How and why do good readers learn ways to ask themselves good questions?

4. How is the main idea used to help readers summarize?

5. How and why do good readers draw conclusions/make inferences?

6. How and why do good readers make predictions?

7. How and why do good readers identify cause/effect relationships?

  • To understand the actions of characters
  • To make meaning of the story (plot)

8. How do good readers identify and use the elements of fiction?

Unit Skills and Concepts:

1. All narratives contain elements of plot.

2. Stories can be told through fiction, drama, and pictures.

3. Words have roles in sentences. Author's word choice and sentence structure impact the reader's comprehension and enjoyment.

Concept: Author's Craft

  • Lesson Essential Questions
    1. How do authors use point of view to tell a story?
    2. How do authors use flashback and foreshadowing to tell a story?
    3. How do authors communicate the tone of a story?
  • Vocabulary
    1. point of view
    2. first person
    3. third person
    4. second person
    5. omniscient
    6. limited omniscient
    7. third person limited
  • Literary element - irony, verbal irony

Concept: Story Elements

  • Lesson Essential Questions:
    1. How do good readers use setting, characters, conflict to understand the plot of a story?
    2. How do cause and effect impact the elements of a plot?
  • Vocabulary: character, setting, plot, conflict, rising action, falling action, climax, resolution

Today's Skills or Concepts

The student will be able to identify and analyze the story's plot and differentiate between internal and external conflict.


A. The students will read "The Musgrave Ritual" pages 46 - 60 in the text.

B. The teacher will guide a discussion and analysis of exposition, internal conflict, external conflict, complication, climax, and resolution in the selection.

C. Students will trace and plot and identify relevant details concerning actions, characters, and events in the selection.

D. The teacher will encourage students to pay particular attention to the descriptions of people and to the possible motives behind their actions.

E. The teacher will guide a discussion of framework and have students relate this literary element to the selection.

E. The teacher and students will complete together "Reading Check," "For Study and Discussion," "Literary Elements, 'Language and Vocabulary," and "Reacting to a Story," pages 60 - 61 in the text.