BC Grade 8 Language Arts ELA - FULL YEAR BUNDLE

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FULL YEAR BUNDLE - Teaching made easy! This NO PREP bundle includes everything you need to teach the BC Grade 8 Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum.


 Grade 8 – British Columbia Language Curriculum (ELA)  Conventions, Reading Strategies, Syntax and Sentence Fluency. This resource covers all learning standards and elaborations related to conventions, reading strategies, syntax and sentence fluency in the British Columbia Curriculum (ELA). The 439 pages teach the Big Ideas, learning standards, and elaborations found in the curriculum.

 Included in this unit are 30 weeks of ELA instruction, with weekly word lists that explicitly teach different prefixes/suffixes each week. Along with these Science of Reading principles, we have weaved in the learning standards students in grade 8 need to learn while working with these word lists.

 Included in this resource are the learning standards below:

Conventions – common practices in all standard punctuation use, in capitalization, in quoting, and in Canadian spelling.

Reading Strategies – using contextual clues; using phonics and word structure; visualizing; questioning; predicting; previewing text; summarizing; making inferences.

Syntax and sentence fluency – use of a mix of simple, compound, and complex sentences; correct pronoun use; subject-verb agreement; use of transitional words; and awareness of run-on sentences and sentence fragments

 In addition, we have included a full-year long range plan that outlines what concepts from the curriculum you will be teaching each week, and what prefixes/suffixes/letter blends will be covered.

 Some of the concepts covered:

  • Suffixes: -ing, -ly, -able, -less, -ment, -ful, -ness, -tion, -ous, -y, -ize, -ship and many more
  • Prefixes: un-, re-, dis-, pre-, ex-, in-, non-, sub-, inter-, anti-, mis-, super-, and many more
  • Sentence Essentials: Identifying Fragments, Understanding Simple Sentence Construction
  • Grammar Foundations: Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, and Their Roles
  • Sentence Expansion: Building Complex Sentences, Avoiding Run-ons
  • Advanced Syntax: Crafting Compound-Complex Sentences for Clarity
  • Writing Using A Sentence Mix: Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex
  • Reading Strategies: Questioning, Predicting, Summarizing, Making Inferences, and Visualizing Activities
  • Verb Varieties: Mastering "To Be," Linking, and Perfect Tense Forms
  • Verb Tenses: Exploring Past, Present, and Future for Strong Writing
  • Commands and Questions: Crafting Imperatives and Exploring Interrogatives
  • Pronouns in Depth: Types, Roles, and Case Usage
  • Enhancing Descriptions: Using Adjectives and Adverbs Effectively
  • Gerunds and Infinitives: Expanding Writing with Verbal Nouns
  • Voice in Writing: Active Versus Passive Voice, Choosing Effectively
  • Noun Functions: Exploring Predicate Nouns and Adjectives in Sentences
  • Use Correct Pronoun–Antecedent Agreement In Own Writing
  • Phrase Building: Using Adverbial and Prepositional Phrases for Detail
  • Using Hyphens – Break Words at the End of Lines and to Make New Words From Two Unrelated Words
  • Dialogue Dynamics: Capitalization and Punctuation for Conversations
  • Advanced Punctuation: Mastering Colons, Semicolons, Ellipses for Effect
  • Using Dashes and Hyphens in Writing
  • Use Parentheses Appropriately In Own Writing
  • Vocabulary Development: Using Thesaurus for Word Choice and Variety
  • Comprehension Techniques: Strategies for Understanding and Analyzing Texts (Reader’s Theatre)
  • Expressive Reading: Performance Techniques for Engaging Audiences
  • Spelling Variants – Canadian versus American Spelling
  • Reading with Expression: Developing Fluency, Tone, and Pacing
  • Spelling Strategies: Tackling Commonly Misspelled Words and Patterns
  • Grammar Proficiency: Ensuring Clear and Correct Communication
  • Weekly quizzes (30 different assessments)
  • Answer pages for all activities

 Grade 8 – British Columbia Language Curriculum – Writing. This resource covers all learning standards and elaborations related to writing in the British Columbia (BC) Language Curriculum (ELA).

 There are 417 activity sheets that are aligned to cover the learning standards in the British Columbia Language Curriculum. Included are 10 blocks of content, each covering a different text form. Within each block, the Big Ideas, learning standards and elaborations are taught.

 This is a language program developed by a language teacher. We have included exemplars for students to use to formulate success criteria so they can improve their writing quality. Moreover, we’ve scaffolded the skills involved with producing quality writing to ensure all students can progress.

 In addition, we have included a full-year long range plan that outlines what concepts from the curriculum you will be teaching each week.

 Some of the concepts covered:

  • Types of text forms – when to use each one (narratives, letters/emails, persuasive, comic strips, reports, etc.)
  • Experiment – writing with planning time versus writing without planning time (no brainstorming)
  • Activity – Voice in Music
  • Personal voice in writing
  • Revising writing – adding words/phrases, varying sentence variety, and word choice
  • How to write a perfect paragraph – topic sentence (hook), body (supporting details), conclusion
  • Essay writing – how to write and identify a thesis statement
  • Using paragraph structures to demonstrate unity and coherence
  • Writing a 5-paragraph essay
  • Formal versus informal letter writing – voice in our writing
  • Narrative writing – beginning, middle, end
  • Narrative structure – exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution
  • Characterization – creating funny, mysterious, fantasy, and adventurous characters
  • Character development – describe how characters change over time due to big events
  • Writing idioms, analogies, imagery, hyperbole, metaphors, and similes
  • Main and minor characters – protagonists and antagonists
  • Story types – cyclical stories, iterative stories, and linear stories
  • Analyzing quality stories – building success criteria
  • Using quotations in narrative writing – dialogue
  • Activity – Story Swap Revision
  • Activity – Being Persuasive: Debate
  • Understanding bias in persuasive writing
  • Assignment – advertising a new invention
  • Expository text forms – reports, lists, problem/solution report, compare/contrast essay, cause and effect essay
  • Writing a How-To-Guide
  • Synthesizing multiple reports
  • Writing a report – circulatory system and water bodies
  • How to research effectively – trustworthy sources, using keywords
  • Activity – Online Treasure Hunt
  • Writing a problem/solution report
  • Determining solutions to problems
  • Types of poems – Haiku, Limerick, Rhyming Poems, Acrostic Poems
  • Assignment – writing a poetry children’s book
  • Comic strips – onomatopoeia and illustrating graphic texts
  • Assignment - creating an online comic strip
  • Biographies – cross curricular connections: Marie Curie, John A. Macdonald, and Tecumseh
  • How to cite where we find research – bibliography
  • Activity – Partner Biography/Bibliography Assignment
  • Cursive writing package/booklet
  • Answer pages for all activities

 Grade 8 – British Columbia Language Curriculum – Comprehension, Story, and Text Forms. This resource covers all learning standards, elaborations, and Big Ideas related to reading strategies, comprehension, text forms, and stories in the grade 8 British Columbia Language (ELA) curriculum. There are 447 pages for students to master the skills they need to meet the requirements of the curriculum.

 We’ve included a variety of activities, including independent reading responses, group activities, assignments, experiments, exemplars, and hands-on activities to keep your students engaged.

 Included in this resource are the learning standards below:

Story/Text: elements of story, functions and genres, text features, and literary elements and devices.

 Reading Strategies: using contextual clues; using phonics and word structure; visualizing; questioning; predicting; previewing text; summarizing; making inferences

 Metacognitive Strategies: goal setting, self-evaluating, and reflections

 In addition, we have included a full-year long range plan that outlines what concepts from the curriculum you will be teaching each week/block.

 Some of the concepts covered:

  • How techniques like word choice, fonts, and layouts affect texts
  • What is reading comprehension? What strategies work for me?
  • Before reading: comprehension strategies – activating prior knowledge and reasons for reading
  • During reading: comprehension strategies – questioning, making connections, inferences, predictions, visualizing
  • After reading: comprehension strategies – summarizing, inferences, synthesizing, evaluating, visualizing
  • Indigenous Storywork – 7 Principles: respect, responsibility, reciprocity, reverence, holism, interrelatedness, synergy
  • Bias in letter writing, book reviews, and in persuasive writing
  • Making inferences from letter writing
  • Narratives – finding examples of literary devices: irony, allusion, and satire
  • Analyzing first-person, second-person, and third-person narratives
  • Analyze the decision making of characters
  • Drama stories – round and flat characters
  • Sequencing a narrative with multiple plots – rearranging plot events
  • Narrative structure – exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution
  • Story structures: linear, cyclical, and iterative stories
  • Characterization – character traits, decision making, and evolution of characters
  • Determining the causes and effects in narratives
  • Implicit versus explicit evidence in persuasive texts
  • Expository texts – informational reports and how-to-guides
  • Text patterns in blog posts
  • Synthesizing multiple reports and essays
  • Scanning texts looking for specific information for research
  • Study strategy: read, recite, and review
  • Five paragraph essays – text patterns and features
  • Problem and solution letters
  • Identifying thesis statements found in reports and essays
  • Identifying literary devices in poetry – irony, hyperbole, simile, metaphor, allusion, and satire
  • Analyzing poems – haiku, limerick, acrostic, cinquain, and rhyming poetry
  • Studying poetry written by Indigenous authors
  • Explicit and implicit perspectives in book reviews
  • Activity – detecting bias in online reviews
  • Book review – choose favourite author and compare the texts they have written
  • Graphic texts – timelines, memes, comics, infographics, maps
  • Visual/graphics – Illustration styles: realism, cartoon, sketch, outline
  • Biographies – Samuel de Champlain, Tom Longboat, Alexander Graham Bell, Joan Chalmers, Norval Morrisseau
  • Metacognitive strategies: reading tracking charts and reading goals
  • Answer pages for all activities

 Grade 8 – British Columbia Language Curriculum – Oral Language. This resource covers all learning standards, elaborations and Big Ideas related to the Oral Language section of the Language curriculum (ELA). The 122-page unit includes lesson plans for the teacher, prompts for the students, planning pages, and reflection questions for students to consolidate their understanding.

 Included in this unit are 33 activities that are interactive and engaging for grade 8 students. As students complete the activities, they will build on their oral communication skills, obtaining the learning standards stated in the curriculum. There are several activities provided for each learning standard listed in the curriculum.

 We are proud to include everything you need to complete these activities. For example, if an activity asks for a story to be read, we provide the story. We’ve also included all emotions, story starters, expressions, and plays (reader’s theatre) you need.

 Some of the concepts covered:

  • Activity: Feedback Circle
  • Activity: Presentation Rehearsals with Peer Feedback
  • Activity: Interactive Q&A Sessions
  • Activity: Open-Ended Question Challenge
  • Activity: Audio Story Analysis
  • Activity: Listening Journal Reflection
  • Activity: Two Truths and a Lie - Listening Edition
  • Activity: Perspective Exchange Discussions
  • Activity: Respectful Response Role-Play
  • Activity: Idea Gallery Walk
  • Activity: Perspective Shift Debate
  • Activity: Discussion Circles
  • Activity: Audience Analysis Activity
  • Activity: Impromptu Speeches
  • Activity: Group Discussion Leaders
  • Activity: Story Circle Paraphrase
  • Activity: Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt
  • Activity: Grammar and Syntax Workshop
  • Activity: Pass the Story
  • Activity: Opinion Beach Ball
  • Activity: Mood Mirroring
  • Activity: Emotion Waves
  • Activity: Nonverbal Communication Game
  • Activity: Emotion Charades
  • Activity: Cultural Communication Exploration
  • Activity: Collaborative Mind Maps
  • Activity: Feedback Incorporating Activity
  • Activity: Classroom Teach-Back
  • Activity: Targeted Presentation Project
  • Activity: Presentation Breakdown
  • Activity: Guest Speaker Analysis
  • Activity: Role-Playing Scenarios
  • Activity: Debate Club

This is a comprehensive bundle that will save you hours of planning! It has everything you need to feel confident that you are covering the BC Language Arts curriculum.