The Witch of Blackbird Pond
A comprehensive unit exploring the historical setting of Elizabeth George Speare's novel and its connection to modern lives.
CA 8th Grade Language Arts

California Content Standards
English and Language Arts
Grade Eight
Reading
ELA.8.1.0 Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development
Vocabulary and Concept Development
ELA.8.1.1. Analyze idioms, analogies, metaphors, and similes to infer the literal and figurative meanings of phrases.
ELA.8.2.0 Reading Comprehension (Focus on Informational Materials)
Comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text
ELA.8.2.3. Find similarities and differences between texts in the treatment, scope, or organization of ideas.
ELA.8.3.0 Literary Response and Analysis
Structural Features of Literature
ELA.8.3.1. Determine and articulate the relationship between the purposes and characteristics of different forms of poetry (e.g., ballad, lyric, couplet, epic, elegy, ode, sonnet).
Narrative Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text
ELA.8.3.2. Evaluate the structural elements of the plot (e.g., subplots, parallel episodes, climax), the plot's development, and the way in which conflicts are (or are not) addressed and resolved.
ELA.8.3.3. Compare and contrast motivations and reactions of literary characters from different historical eras confronting similar situations or conflicts.
ELA.8.3.4. Analyze the relevance of the setting (e.g., place, time, customs) to the mood, tone, and meaning of the text.
ELA.8.3.5. Identify and analyze recurring themes (e.g., good versus evil) across traditional and contemporary works.
ELA.8.3.6. Identify significant literary devices (e.g., metaphor, symbolism, dialect, irony) that define a writer's style and use those elements to interpret the work.
Writing
ELA.8.1.0 Writing Strategies
Organization and Focus
ELA.8.1.1. Create compositions that establish a controlling impression, have a coherent thesis, and end with a clear and well-supported conclusion.
ELA.8.1.2. Establish coherence within and among paragraphs through effective transitions, parallel structures, and similar writing techniques.
ELA.8.1.3. Support theses or conclusions with analogies, paraphrases, quotations, opinions from authorities, comparisons, and similar devices.
Research and Technology
ELA.8.1.4. Plan and conduct multiple-step information searches by using computer networks and modems.
ELA.8.1.5. Achieve an effective balance between researched information and original ideas.
Evaluation and Revision
ELA.8.1.6. Revise writing for word choice; appropriate organization; consistent point of view; and transitions between paragraphs, passages, and ideas.
ELA.8.2.0 Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
ELA.8.2.1. Write biographies, autobiographies, short stories, or narratives:
a. Relate a clear, coherent incident, event, or situation by using well-chosen details.
b. Reveal the significance of, or the writer's attitude about, the subject.
c. Employ narrative and descriptive strategies (e.g., relevant dialogue, specific action, physical description, background description, comparison or contrast of characters).
ELA.8.2.2. Write responses to literature:
a. Exhibit careful reading and insight in their interpretations.
b. Connect the student's own responses to the writer's techniques and to specific textual references.
c. Draw supported inferences about the effects of a literary work on its audience.
d. Support judgments through references to the text, other works, other authors, or to personal knowledge.
Written and Oral English Language Conventions
ELA.8.1.0 Written and Oral English Language Conventions
Sentence Structure
ELA.8.1.1. Use correct and varied sentence types and sentence openings to present a lively and effective personal style.
Grammar
ELA.8.1.4. Edit written manuscripts to ensure that correct grammar is used.
Punctuation and Capitalization
ELA.8.1.5. Use correct punctuation and capitalization.
Spelling
ELA.8.1.6. Use correct spelling conventions.
Listening and Speaking
ELA.8.2.0 Speaking Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
ELA.8.2.2. Deliver oral responses to literature:
a. Interpret a reading and provide insight.
b. Connect the students' own responses to the writer's techniques and to specific textual references.
c. Draw supported inferences about the effects of a literary work on its audience.
d. Support judgments through references to the text, other works, other authors, or personal knowledge.