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McDougal Littell Literature, Grade 8 Ц Student Textbook (2008)


McDougal Littell Literature invites students to explore the world of art, literature, and life’s big questions. The unique organization around clusters of standards allows for the teaching of major literary concepts across genre. Standards that belong together are taught together. Students analyze fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and media across clusters of standards. Special features support visual and media literacy, along with research strategies.


Introductory Unit
- Literary Genres Workshop
- Reading Strategies Workshop
- Writing Process Workshop

Part 1: Literary Elements

Unit 1 Plot and Conflict
Reader’s Workshop: Plot and Conflict
Writing Workshop: Personal Narrative

Unit 2 Character and Point of View
Reader’s Workshop: Character and Point of View
Writing Workshop: Describing a Person

Unit 3 Setting and Mood
Reader’s Workshop: Setting and Mood
Writing Workshop: Comparison-Contrast Essay

Unit 4 Theme and Symbol
Reader’s Workshop: Theme and Symbol
Writing Workshop: Short Story

Part 2: Language and Culture

Unit 5 Poetry
Reader’s Workshop: Appreciating Poetry
Writing Workshop: Personal Response to a Poem

Unit 6 Style, Voice, and Tone
Reader’s workshop: Style, Voice, and Tone
Writing Workshop: Literary Analysis

Unit 7 History, Culture, and the Author
Reader’s Workshop: History, Culture, and the Author
Writing Workshop: Cause-and-Effect Essay

Part 3: Facts and Opinions

Unit 8 Facts and Information
Reader’s Workshop: Reading Informational Text, Main Idea and Supporting Details, Taking Notes
Writing Workshop: Problem-Solution Essay

Unit 9 Argument and Persuasion
Reader’s Workshop: Claim, Support, and Persuasive Techniques
Writing Workshop: Persuasive Essay

Unit 10 The Power of Research
Research Strategies Workshop
Writing Workshop: Research Report

Student Resource Bank
- Reading Handbook
- Writing Handbook
- Grammar Handbook
- Vocabulary and Spelling Handbook
- Speaking and Listening Handbook
- Media Handbook
- Test-Taking Handbook
- Glossaries[/spoiler]

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