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Introduction to Sensory Language/Descriptive Details: 8th Grade ELA

  • Students will understand that sensory language is a narrative technique used to describe a person, place, or thing in such a way that a picture is formed in the reader’s mind.
  • Students will understand that capturing an event through descriptive writing involves paying close attention to the details by using all five senses.
  • Students will be able to explain why authors use sensory language and descriptive details in their writing.
  • Students will be able to identify and use sensory language in their own descriptive writing.

Essential Question: Why do authors use sensory language and descriptive details in their writing? What are the effects of sensory language and descriptive details on the reader?


The Hero’s Journey/Introduction to Theme: 8th Grade ELA

  • Students will be able to understand character and storyline archetypes of the hero’s journey and analyze how these patterns fit a movie or book with which they are familiar.

Essential Question: What are the common character and storyline archetypes in hero stories and how do they vary each time?


Storytelling Unit: 6th-8th Grade ELA

  • Students will be able to recognize the role of descriptive language, dialogue, emotion, and plot in a story

Essential Question: Why do authors and storytellers use descriptive language and dialogue in their stories? What impact do descriptive language, dialogue, and emotion have on the reader?