Literature for 8th Grade

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  1. kamteach5

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    I am looking for suggestions for literature books (novels) for 8th grade students.
     
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  3. english9teach

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    If they've not done Bridge to Terrabithia yet, that's a great one! I would also suggest throwing in some more tradition fair like Mark Twain or Charles Dickens.
     
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    I suggest:
    The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
    Where the Red Fern Grows
    A Christmas Carol by charles Dickens
    Zlata's Diary by Zlata Filipovic
    Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by ? Taylor
    The Yearling
    The Door in the Wall by ? De Angeli
    Holes
    Johnny Tremain by ? Forbes
    The Westing Game by ? Raskin
    The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
    Hatchet, The River, Brian's Winter, etc. by Gary Paulsen
    The Cay by ? Timothy
    Homecoming & Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
    Freaky Friday by ? Rodgers
    The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    My Side of the Mountain by ? George
    Carry On Mr. Bowditch
    Tuck Everlasting
    Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Old Yeller by ? Gipson

    Some books by the following authors:
    Scott O'Dell
    Madeleine L'Engle
    E.L. Konigsberg
    Carol Matas
    Lois Lowry

    Some books I just could not remember the author's name off the top of my head (and I was too lazy to go look it up!)and some I could not remember the author's first name (hence the ?). Hope you can find something on this list that is helpful to you.
     
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    just my 2c worth........
    How about Nothing but the Truth by Avi

    and yes, even William Shakespeare....Much Ado about Nothing
     
  6. kamteach5

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    Thanks-do you do class books or groups? I have just moved to 8th from 5th. For now I am teaching lit from their text book but would like to move them into novels. I may purchase sets with my own money depending on what I choose.
     
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    My school purchased the books from a place where they were most economical for us in sets of 10. So, I have ten of all my novels. Generally, I have two or three groups running at a time. I have all the assignments pre-done in small binders/duotangs. There is a reading assignment, some vocabulary, some comprehension and then sometimes a writing, drawing or graphic organizer portion as well. It is then not necessary for me to meet with the groups every day. Usually I split my groups into high, middle & low (although the students are not told this). All groups wrok from the same selection of novels, however, the low group usually doesn't do as many. Where I would give my high group maybe 2 days to complete an assignment, I might give the low group 3 or 4. I have 10-12 different novels for each grade. I've identified 2-4 which I like to have all groups do each year and for the rest I pick and choose what is most suited to the groups abilities and interests. Occasionally I will take a book and just make them read and do one large project, like a comic strip of one chapter or a character suitcase or some other type of report. For me and the circumstances under which I'm teaching, this is what works. If you have the time to be able to read aloud a chapter or more a day, I see no reason why a class read aloud couldn't be used as a novel study. I love doing read-alouds. My classes are very crunched for time though and I am doing well if I manage to read aloud one or two books the entire year.
    Oh, and one book I forgot to put on my list - it is a bit easy for gr. 8 (I actually use it in gr. 6) but 90%+ of my students have found it hilarious - The Pushcart War. A great read-aloud if you can't use it for novel study.
     
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    My 8th graders last year loved Counterfeit Son.

    I have some generic materials that you could use for any book if you are interested...pm me...
     
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    When I was a student, we read:
    Animal Farm by George Orwell(which I didn't really appreciate until I read it again in High School)
    The Pearl by John Steinbeck (I think)
    The Miracle Worker (play about Helen Keller and her teacher) by ?
     
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    Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

    The kids LOVED this one because it's about kids their age and about their relationships. GREAT vocabulary in this book!
     
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    Wow, some of these books, I LOVED when I was in school! Where the Red Fern Grows was one of my favorites....in fact, I just read it again a few weeks ago. My first copy of that was so beat up, the colors were fading off the cover. I haven't read The Pearl in ages. That was a good one, too. I didn't read Animal Farm till HS. Another one of my faves was The Outsiders by SE Hinton.
     
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    I wish I hadn't read Animal Farm until HS. Every one of us thought it was stupid in eighth grade, even with the analogy explained to us!
     
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    Also:
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (there's a sequel - Gathering Blue)
    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
    ...these are some of my favorites...
     
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    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    The Road From Home by David Kherdian
    Treasure island by Robert Louis Stevenson
    West Side Story
    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
    Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

    Terry G.
     
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    Speak by L.H. Anderson
    Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck
    Lord of the Flies
    The Chocolate War
    Hamlet
    Flowers for Algernon
     
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    I remember what one of my jr. high teachers said about Flowers for Algernon....she said it was inappropriate for a young peson to read. What did I do? I went and bought it, and it's one of my favorite books. There is a little bit of sexual content in there, but maybe there's a way to get a clean version?
     

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