8th Grade 'Perspectives' (Unit 3 Overview)
Highlights of Unit 3: What Matters
In this unit, students will learn about standing up for one’s rights, considering what rights are worth standing up for and when to stand up for them. Students will read a variety of texts and view media as they discuss the Essential Question for the unit.
As a class, in small groups, and independently, students will work to answer the question When is it right to take a stand?
UNIT 3 SELECTION TITLES, AUTHORS, GENRES
Your student can choose one of the following to read independently.
PERFORMANCE TASKS AND PERFORMANCE-BASED ASSESSMENT 25%
Students will write a memoir on how and why it is important for people to make their own choices in life. Drawing on knowledge gained from the selections in this unit, personal experience and reflection, the students will discuss the positive outcomes for taking choices and their experiences with the challenges of expressing how they feel.
Whole-Class Learning Performance Task 45%
After completing the Whole-Class section of the unit, your student will learn how to put together an argument in the form of a problem-and-solution essay. He or she will write an essay to answer the questions What is a problem you think needs to be solved? How would you solve it?
End-of-Unit Performance-Based Assessment 45%
At the end of the unit, your student will pull together his or her learning by completing a Performance-Based Assessment addressing the question in the form of a speech: What matters to you? Take a stand. In response to that question, he or she will write an argument and give an oral presentation to the class and visiting parents about global issues, world injustices and anything the students feel passionate about.
Activities and assignments in Unit 3 will help your student meet the following Common Core State Standards for reading literature and informational texts, writing, and speaking and listening. Here are some key standards students will work toward mastering in this unit.
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