Saskatchewan 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 Saskatchewan Grade 8 Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum.


Grade 8 – Saskatchewan Language Curriculum (ELA) – Conventions, Spelling, and Fluency. This 470-page resource covers all outcomes and indicators related to conventions, spelling, and fluency in the Saskatchewan Language Curriculum (ELA).

Included in this unit are 30 weeks of ELA instruction, with weekly word lists that explicitly teach consonant clusters as well as vowel teams. Along with these Science of Reading principles, we have weaved in the outcomes and indicators students in grade 8 need to learn while working with these word lists.

Included in this resource are the outcomes and indicators within the goals below:

Comprehend and Respond (CR) – read fluently and demonstrate comprehension of grade-appropriate texts.

Compose and Create (CC) - spelling, grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and other conventions related to writing.

Assess and Reflect (AR) – reflect and set personalized goals related to writing, spelling, and reading fluency.

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
  • Reading strategies: predicting, summarizing, making inferences, questioning, and visualizing activities
  • 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
  • Parallelism, Onomatopoeia, Similes, Metaphors, Alliteration, Cliches, and Personification
  • 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
  • Distinguish between formal and informal conventions of oral and written language
  • Formal and informal language – slang, social media texts, academic language
  • Reconstructing texts – changing a news article into a short story or a formal text message into an informal one
  • 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 – Saskatchewan Language Curriculum (ELA) – Writing. This resource covers all outcomes and indicators related to writing in the Saskatchewan Language Curriculum (ELA).

There are 453 activity sheets that are aligned to cover the outcomes in the Saskatchewan Language Curriculum. Included are 10 blocks of content, each covering a different text form. Within each block, the goals, outcomes, and indicators are taught.

This is a language program developed by a language teacher. We have included exemplars/mentor texts 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.

Included in this resource are the outcomes within the goals below:

Compose and Create (CC) – write to present thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a variety of text forms.

Assess and Reflect (AR) – reflect on writing abilities and set personalized goals related to writing.

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 personal narratives that showcase their identity
  • 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 – 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
  • Multimedia how-to-guide: taking pictures to represent and support text in 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
  • 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
  • Reconstructing texts – translating texts from one form to another – e.g., letter to news report, infographic to story
  • Inquiry group project – working collaboratively to choose a topic and formulate questions to guide their research
  • Cursive writing package/booklet
  • Answer pages for all activities

Grade 8 – Saskatchewan Language Curriculum (ELA) – Comprehension. This 480-page resource covers all outcomes and indicators related to reading comprehension in the Saskatchewan Language Curriculum (ELA).

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

Included in this resource are the elaborations within the elements below:

Comprehend and Respond (CR) – read fluently and demonstrate comprehension of grade-appropriate texts.

Assess and Reflect (AR) – reflect and set personalized goals related to reading fluency and comprehension.

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?
  • Comprehension Practice – Refocusing / Re-engaging
  • 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
  • Story – Character Identification And Comparison
  • 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
  • Propaganda – Critical Analysis
  • Synthesizing multiple reports and essays
  • Report – Justice, Equity And Fairness
  • Identity, Social Responsibility And Efficacy
  • Scanning texts looking for specific information for research
  • Analyzing a speech – Stereotypes in Indigenous Culture
  • 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
  • Activity: analyzing multimedia features (bold fonts, visuals, layout, music, colours, etc.)
  • Metacognitive strategies: reading tracking charts and reading goals
  • Answer pages for all activities

Grade 8 – Saskatchewan Language Arts Curriculum (ELA) – Oral Language. This 141-page resource covers all outcomes and indicators related to oral language in the Saskatchewan Language Curriculum (ELA).

Included in this unit are 39 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 outcomes stated in the curriculum. There is at least one activity provided for each indicator 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: Interactive Q&A Sessions
  • Activity: Open-Ended Question Challenge
  • Activity: Idea Gallery Walk
  • Activity: Feedback Circle
  • Activity: Presentation Rehearsals with Peer Feedback
  • Activity: Two Truths and a Lie - Listening Edition
  • Activity: Listening Journal Reflection
  • Activity: Audio Story Analysis
  • Activity: Perspective Exchange Discussions
  • Activity: Respectful Response Role-Play
  • Activity: Perspective Shift Debate
  • Activity: The Conversation Web
  • Activity: Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt
  • Activity: Pass the Story
  • Activity: Discussion Circles
  • Activity: The Social Justice Web
  • Activity: Audience Analysis Activity
  • Activity: Story Circle and Response Chains
  • Activity: Group Discussion Leaders
  • Activity: Story Circle Paraphrase
  • Activity: Grammar and Syntax Workshop
  • Activity: Impromptu Speeches
  • Activity: Opinion Beach Ball
  • Activity: Community Helpers and Their Challenges
  • Activity: Readers' Theatre - Poetry Performance
  • Activity: Mood Mirroring
  • Activity: Emotion Waves
  • Activity: Nonverbal Communication Game
  • Activity: Emotion Charades
  • Activity: Cultural Communication Exploration
  • Activity: Feedback Incorporating Activity
  • Activity: Classroom Teach-Back
  • Activity: Collaborative Mind Maps
  • Activity: Presentation Breakdown
  • Activity: Guest Speaker Analysis
  • Activity: Targeted Presentation Project
  • Activity: Role-Playing Scenarios
  • Activity: Debate Club
  • Activity: The Great Debate

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 Saskatchewan Language Arts curriculum.

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