Themes and concepts discussed in 8th grade:
Fairness, justice, bias, prejudice, racism, sexism, ageism, anti-Semitism, role of a bystander, irony, satire, commercialism, and other topics as they arise in current events and our readings.
Literature - This may include but is not limited to the following:
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor.
*What rights do all humans have?
A family in Mississippi deals with prejudice and racism. Related topics include segregation, Klu Klux Klan, Plessy vs. Ferguson, Brown vs. Board of Education, Jim Crow laws, The Little Rock Nine, Jackie Robinson, and more.
Anne Frank, the Drama
*How do attitudes and beliefs influence our thinking and our actions?
Related topics include WW2, Hitler, stereotyping, scapegoating, intolerance, making choices.
Various Greek myths analyzing ways in which they relate to modern literature.
Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost
*How does our behavior shape who we become?
Various fiction and non-fiction works
*How can actions change the course of our life or someone else’s life?
Writing - This may include but is not limited to the following:
Narratives, argumentative, informational, creative, poetry, journal writes, compare and contrast, response to literature, literature analysis.