8RL2: DETERMINE a theme and/or central idea of a text and ANALYZE its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; PROVIDE an objective summary of the text.
8RI3: ANALYZE how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (through comparison, analogies, or categories).
8W3: WRITE narratives to DEVELOP real or imagined experiences or events USING effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
How can readers determine the theme and central idea(s) of a story?
How do authors use comparison, analogies and categories in writing?
How do authors engage their readers when writing narratives?
How do writers focus and organize writing to clearly effectively communicate ideas to the reader?
How can readers writers use their knowledge of language?
Engaging Performance Scenario
You are a freelance writer for a children’s magazine. Your publisher has tasked you with writing a segment for the October issue which focuses on historical events that have impacted the U.S. The impact can be either social, economic, personal and/or tragic in nature. As a writer, you will research and gather information on the historical event, analyzing key issues and themes from multiple perspectives and write a narrative account from an individual affected by the event and describe how the event impacted his/her life.
Performance Task Synopses
Task 1: ELAGSE8RL2 Read two anchor texts (1 literary, 1 informational) on a historical event that greatly impacted the United States. Write an objective summary of each anchor text. Write a constructed response that demonstrates the ability to determine the theme of the literary text and a constructed response that demonstrates the ability to determine the central idea of the informational text.
Task 2: ELAGSE8RI3 Compose journal entries from the perspective of a person impacted by the historical event.
Task 3: ELAGSE8W3 Create a story map for your historical fiction narrative. Students will complete a story map which helps them to organize their thoughts and structure their writing.
Task 4: ELAGSE8W3 Compose a historical fiction narrative from the perspective of an impacted individual.