Discussion in 'Secondary Education Archives' started by MrsDW, Mar 13, 2007.
Mar 13, 2007
Which novels do you use in your 8th grade curriculum?
Mar 14, 2007
I use Call of the Wild to work with theme. At the end of the year, they get to choose between Across Five Aprils or Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry to go along with history's civil war unit.
I am trying to get more, but it is like pulling teeth in my district. You basically have to write a dissertation about why and how you will be using them, then be grilled by the principal about them. If the principal doesn't get you, the parents will! When I first came to this school, the only novel they had enough of to use with the children was The Giver. I received SO many parent complaints, I just finally gave it up.
Sorry, not much help I know, but I am interested in seeing the other responses you get.
My school does about 4, but I just remember The Giver and The Outsiders. I teach 7th grade, so that's all I remember them talking about.
Some of the books they read are The Pigman, The Outsiders, The Call of the Wild, West Side Story (Play), and and few others that I can't seem to recall.
4 Perfect Pebbles, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Merchant of Venice, and Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry.
Mar 24, 2007
Where the Red Fern Grows, The Witch of Blackbird Pond (both really popular with my students over the years), Zlata's Diary, The Watson's Go to Birmingham, I Heard the Owl Call My Name.
Many 7th & 8th grade novels are pretty interchangeable. I use the following in gr. 7: Holes, Anne of Green Gables, The Yearling, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, The Door in the Wall, Murder on the Orient Express, Johnny Tremain.
I also suggest: My Side of the Mountain, The Westing Game
Aren't those reading levels kind of low for 8th though?
Mar 25, 2007
We used, according to my brother:
The Effect Of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds
I'm using Island of the Blue Dolphins with my 5th yo 8th graders. Though I think it would be rather easy for 8th graders in general. It works out well for those that 1 don't like reading and two that are below grade level.
In eight grade we read:
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry
Dr. Jeykll and Mr Hyde
Diary of Anne Frank
Midsummer's Night Dream
Then poetry unit we did...
Road Not Taken (Memorization)
Then we made our own poem book.
This was awhile ago, so I hope I am remembering right, but I have everything I have ever done, and I know all the books are right except for maybe Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that might of been 7th grade.
Apr 10, 2007
We teach Night (which I feel is a little advanced but it is great as a time to grow up and stop reading little kids stories book). I like it because it really promotes a great class discussion as well about humanity and what makes us human (I used it as a jumping board for a project on philanthropy and changing the world). We also teach Freak the Mighty (which the kids like, but I feel it's more appropriate for 7th grade and teaching tolerance and acceptance). I also do The Giver and The City of Ember as a literature circle book (1/2 the class reads one the other 1/2 the other and we discuss).
In 8th Grade I know that our students read Lord of the Flies and Of Mice and Men. Although I am a long-term sub that started in January, so I can only tell you what they have read while I have been here...
In 7th, they have read The Outsiders, The Giver, The Pigman, The Westing Game, Where the Red Fern Grows and more...that I can't remember.
What about doing literature circles of books based during American History? My Brother Sam is Dead (a low level), any Ann Rinaldi (may be girly though...) etc.
Apr 11, 2007
As I mentioned in another thread, I've taught The Giver without any complaints. In book club, we are reading The Giver, and this year, in class, we will read The Outsiders. I would like to squeeze in one more book, but I'll see how we do with the pace of The Outsiders. Our principal would probably not approve of me doing a novel since we're so test-focused; however, I'll do it anyway since the kids really get into the story, and the activities are something they enjoy. Besides, at the end of the story (The Giver), the students come up with their own last chapter of the story. Each student reads their story to their table group, and they decide which one is read at the end of the period. They spend at least one period writing it, and we all enjoy listening to the stories the following day. They were all so creative, and different! Don't give up on the novel!
By the way, I haven't done literature circles in my class yet, but if you could give me some ideas on how to start, suggestions, and caveats, I would be so grateful!
Apr 12, 2007
Yes any help on lit circles would be great! THis is also my first time doing it - I'm a little nervous.
Check out www.litcircles.org ...they have a lot of good ideas.
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