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ELA Grade 8 Required and Recommended Texts

Note: MetaMetrics® made changes to the Lexile® levels in June 2017 in order to provide more accurate measures for early readers. These changes affected 32% of all previously assigned Lexile® levels, including some texts for elementary and middle grade readers. The Lexile® levels listed on EL Education materials were added before this shift and do not reflect updated Lexile® levels.

Module 1

Texts to Buy

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Text Quantity ISBNs
Inside Out & Back Again
by Thanhha Lai
One per student
ISBN: 978-0061962790, 0061962791

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Hard Times in Sarajevo: Cold Weather Comes Early to Bosnia’s War-Torn Capital, Bringing More Hardship, Death
by Current Events
Peace Patrol: U.S. Troops Will Stay at Least Another Year in Tense Bosnia
by Current Events
People Without A Land
by Scholastic Update
Meet the Kurds
by Vera Saeedpour
Town Mouse and Country Mouse
by Rachel Lehr
Welcome to Sarajevo
by Skipping Stones
A Place of Her Own
by Andrea Faiad
I Escaped the Taliban
by Kristin Baird
Bosnia: The Children of War
by Colin Woodard
Refugee Writing on the Journey
by Karim Haidari

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Informational 760
All the Broken Pieces
by Ann E. Burg
Literature 680
A Million Shades of Gray
by Cynthia Kadohota
Literature 700
Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam
by Cynthia Kadohata
Literature 730
Why Vietnamese Immigrants Came to America
by Lewis K. Parker
Informational 750
Noodle Pie
by Ruth Starke
Informational 770
Goodbye, Vietnam
by Gloria Whelan
Literature 810
Year of Impossible Goodbyes
by Sook Nyul Choi
Literature 840
Echoes of the White Giraffe
by Sook Nyul Choi
Literature 870
The Lotus Seed
by Sherry Garland
Literature 880
Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy
by Andrea Warren
Biography 930
Hearts of Sorrow: Vietnamese-American Lives
by James Freeman
Informational 930
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
by Natalie M. Rosinsky
Informational 940
The Fall of Saigon
by Mary Englar
Informational 940
Vietnamese in America
by Lori Coleman
Informational 940
Refugees & Asylum Seekers
by Dave Dalton
Informational 940
Vietnam
by Charlotte Guillain
Informational 950
The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam
by Quang Nhuong Huynh
Biography 1 090
Migration and Refugees
by Quang Nhuong Huynh
Biography 1 090
Vietnamese American
by John F. Grabowski
Informational 1 100
When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman’s Journey from War to Peace
by Le Ly Hayslip with Jay Wurts
Biography 1 100
The Vietnam War
by Cath Senker
Informational 1 110
Water Buffalo Days: Growing up in Vietnam
by Quang Nhuong Huynh
Literature 1 112
Refugees
by Clarissa Aykroyd
Informational 1 150
10,000 Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War
by Philip Caputo
Informational 1 210
The Vietnamese Americans
by Hien Duc Do
Informational 1 340
The Vietnamese Boat People: 1954 and 1975-1992
by Nghia M Vo
Informational
Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1975-1996
by Carina Hoang
Informational
Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans
by Ronald Takaki
Informational
Voices of Vietnamese Boat People: Nineteen Narratives of Escape and Survival
by Mary Terrell Cargill and Jade Quang Huynh
Biography
The Vietnamese
by Michelle Houle
Informational
Weeping Under This Same Moon
by Jana Laiz
Literature

Module 2A

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
To Kill a Mockingbird (Film Adaptation)
by Based on the novel by Harper Lee
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
One per student
ISBN: 978-0446314862, 0446314862

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Equal Rights For Women
by Shirley Chisholm
1969
Incident
by Countee Cullen
1925
Solitude
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
1883
The Great Society
by Lyndon Johnson
1964
Those Winter Sundays
by Robert Hayden
"Ain’t I a Woman?”
by Sojourner Truth

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
The Little Rock Nine Stand Up for Their Rights
by Eileen Lucas (author)
Informational 590
The Road to Memphis
by Mildred D. Taylor (author)
Literature 670
A Lesson Before Dying
by Ernest J. Gaines (author)
Literature 750
The Outsiders
by S.E. Hinton (Author)
Literature 750
Mississippi Trial, 1955
by Chris Crowe (Author)
Literature 760
Clover
by Dory Sanders (author)
Literature 820
Wish You Well
by David Baldacci (author)
Literature 840
Let the Circle Be Unbroken
by Mildred D. Taylor (author)
Literature 850
I Capture the Castle
by Dodie Smith (author)
Literature 920
Taking a Stand: Being a Leader & Helping Others
by M.K. Ehrman (author)
Informational 925
Cold Sassy Tree
by Olive Ann Burns (author)
Literature 930
The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis (author)
Literature 1 000
Miles to Go for Freedom: Segregation & Civil Rights in the Jim Crow Years
by Linda Barrett Osborne (author)
Informational 1 060
Birmingham 1963: How a Photograph Rallied Civil Rights Support‡
by Mildred D. Taylor (author)
Literature 920
Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High
by Melba Pattillo Beals (author)
Autobiography 1 000
Tell All the Children Our Story: Memoirs and Mementos of Being Young and Black in America
by Tonya Bolden (author)
Informational 1 130
Cry, the Beloved Country
by Alan Paton (author)
Literature
A Time to Kill
by John Grisham (author)
Literature
About a Boy
by Nick Hornby (author)
Literature
The Summer We Got Saved
by Pat Cunningham Devoto (author)
Literature

Module 2B

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
One per student
ISBN: 978-0743482813
Shakespeare Set Free: Teaching Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth & A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by Peggy O’Brien
ISBN: 978-0-671-76046-5

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
"Pyramus and Thisbe"
by Thomas Bulfinch
http://www.kundaliniawakeningsystems1.com/downloads/thomas-bulfinchs-mythology-age-of-fable-vols1&2.pdf,
The Harvest That Never Came
by Aaron Shepard
Cricket, 1993
Top Ten Reasons Shakespeare Did Not Write Shakespeare
by Keir Cutler, Ph.D
Amazon Digital Services, Inc.,
ISBN: B00BV7DVVG
The Shakespeare Shakedown
by Simon Schama
Newsweek, 2011
The Lure of Shakespeare
by Robert W. Butler
Calliope, 2005
Shakespeare’s Universal Appeal Examined,” in DNA
by Jonathan Bate
DNA, 2012
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, film
by Michael Hoffman
1999

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
“Top Ten Reasons Shakespeare Did Not Write Shakespeare”
by Keir Cutler, Ph.D.
Informational
“The Shakespeare Shakedown,” in Newsweek (Vol. 158, Issue 17)
by Simon Schama
Informational
"The Lure of Shakespeare,” in Calliope (Vol. 15, Issue 8)
by Robert W. Butler
Informational
"Shakespeare’s Universal Appeal Examined,” in DNA
by Jonathan Bate
Informational
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, film
by William Shakespeare
Literature
Come Fall
by A.C.E. Bauer
Literature 550
Eight Keys
by Suzanne LaFleur
Literature 590
Lords and Ladies: A Novel of Discworld
by Terry Pratchett
Literature 680
William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by Dan Conner
Literature 700
William Shakespeare’s As You Like It
by Vincent Goodwin
Literature 725
Magic Street
by Orson Scott Card
Literature 800
William Shakespeare & the Globe
by Aliki
Informational 850
Shakespeare: A Life
by Wendy Greenhill
Biography 920
The Teen’s Guide to World Domination: Advice on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Awesomeness
by Josh Shipp
Informational 950
The Wednesday Wars
by Gary D. Schmidt
Literature 990
The Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare
by Diane Stanley
Informational 1 030
The Plays of Shakespeare; A Thematic Guide
by Victor L. Cahn
Informational 1 220
Symposium and Phaedrus
by Plato
Literature 1 430
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Graphic Novel: Original Text Version
by John McDonald
Literature
A Theatergoer’s Guide to Shakespeare’s Themes
by Robert Fallon
Informational
Four Great Comedies: The Taming of the Shrew; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Twelfth Night; The Tempest
by William Shakespeare
Literature
Living with Shakespeare
by Susannah Carson
Informational
Shakespeare A to Z: The Essential Reference to His Plays, His Poems, His Life and Times, and More
by Charles Boyce
Informational
Shakespeare: The World as Stage
by Bill Bryson
Informational
Understanding a Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents
by Faith Nostbakken
Informational

Module 3A

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
One per student
ISBN: ​9780812974492

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
“Fourteen-Part Message”
by Japanese Foreign Ministry
1941
“War in the Pacific”
by Edison McIntyre
Cobblestone (Vol. 15, Issue 1), 1994
“Day of Infamy” speech, delivered Dec. 8, 1941, as found at http://history1900s.about.com/od/franklindroosevelt/a/Day-Of-Infamy-Speech.htm
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
1941
The Report on Japanese on the West Coast of the United States (“the Munson Report”), Oct. 7, 1941.
by Curtis B. Munson
The Munson Report, 1941
“The Fifth Column on the Coast,” The Washington Post, Feb. 12, 1942.
by Walter Lippmann
The Washington Post, 1942
Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Executive Order No. 9066,” Feb. 19, 1942.
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
1942
“The Life of Miné Okubo,” written by Expeditionary Learning for instructional purposes.
by Expeditionary Learning
Expeditionary Learning,
“Miné Okubo,” Voices from the Gaps, http://voices.cla.umn.edu/artistpages/okuboMine.php.
by Chelsie Hanstad, Louann Huebsch, Danny Kantar, and Kathryn Siewert
University of Minnesota, 2004
“Riverside’s Miné Okubo,” http://splinters-splinters.blogspot.com/2011/08/riversides-mine-okubo.html.
by Mary H. Curtin
Splinters-Splinters (blog), 2011

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor
by Harry Mazer
Literature 530
Citizen 13660
by Miné Okubo
Biography 920
Remember Pearl Harbor: American and Japanese Survivors Tell Their Stories
by Thomas Allen
Collective Biography 820
Pearl Harbor: The U.S. Enters World War II
by Steve Dougherty
Informational 900
The War at Home: Japan During World War II
by Linda Spencer
Informational 930
Up from the Ashes: Rebuilding Japan After World War II
by Pat Ohlenroth
Informational 1 020
Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference
by Joanne Oppenheim
Informational 1 040
Why Did Hiroshima Happen?
by R.G. Grant
Informational 1 170
Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment
by Jeanne Houston
Informational 1 040
Air Raid—Pearl Harbor! The Story of December 7, 1941
by Theodore Taylor
Informational 1 070
A Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy (1941–1945)
by Paul Dull
Informational
World War II
by R.G. Grant
Informational
Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment
by Linda Gordon
Informational
Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodore Seuss Geisel
by Richard Minear
Informational
Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family
by Yoshiko Uchida
Informational 1 280

Module 3B

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
by Carlotta Walls Lanier
ISBN: 978-0-345-51101-0
Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches
by Josh Gottheimer
ISBN: 978-0465027538
Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration
by Shelley Tougas
ISBN: 978-0-756-54512-3

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
The Editorial Position of the Arkansas Gazette in the Little Rock School Crisis
by University of Arkansas Libraries
http://scipio.uark.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/Civilrights/id/440/rec/1.,,
“Life in the South after the Civil War”
by Alexandra Lutz
http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/life-in-the-south-after-the-civil-war.html#lesson,
14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
by U.S. Congress
“Video Overview: Plessy v. Ferguson”
by Christian Bryant
https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/bf09.socst.us.const.plessy/plessy-v-ferguson/#.WtD3QYjwZPY,
Jim Crow Laws
by National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/malu/forteachers/jim_crow_laws.htm,
“What Was Jim Crow?”
by David Pilgrim
http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/what.htm, 2000
John Chancellor reports on the integration at Central High School
by NBC News
http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn/finishing-the-dream/1957-showdown,
Brown v. Board of Education
by PBS documentary
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTGHLdr-iak,
Plessy v. Ferguson
by U.S. Supreme Court

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Cracking the Wall: The Struggles of the Little Rock Nine
by Eileen Lucas
Informational 540
The Little Rock Nine Stand Up for Their Rights
by Eileen Lucas
Informational 540
The Lions of Little Rock
by Kristin Levine
Literature 630
The Little Rock Nine and the Fight for Equal Education
by Gary Jeffrey
Informational 725
Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories
by Ellen S. Levine
Informational 900
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary
by Elizabeth Partridge
Informational 960
Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High
by Melba Pattillo Beals
Literature 1 000
Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown and Me: A Memoir
by John A. Stokes
Informational 1 030
Miles to go for Freedom: Segregation & Civil Rights in the Jim Crow Years
by Linda Osborne
Informational 1 075
Today the World Is Watching You: The Little Rock Nine and the Fight for School Integration, 1957
by Kekla Magoon
Informational 1 110
The Little Rock Nine: Struggle for Integration
by Stephanie Fitzgerald
Informational 1 010
Words of Protest, Words of Freedom: Poetry of the American Civil Rights Movement and Era
by Jeffrey Lamar Coleman
Poetry
Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality
by Richard Kluger
Informational
Plessy v. Ferguson: A Brief History with Documents
by Brook Thomas
Informational
A Life Is More Than a Moment: The Desegregation of Little Rock’s Central High
by Ira Wilmer Counts
Informational
Beyond Central, toward Acceptance: A Collection of Oral Histories from Students of Little Rock Central High
by Mackie O’Hara and Alex Richardson
Informational

Module 4

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition
by Michael Pollan
One per student
ISBN: 9781101993835

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Antibiotic Debate Overview
by PBS
The Economic Impact of the Indiana Livestock Industries
by Carlos Mayan and Kevin T. McNamara
Genetically Engineered Crops-What, How and Why
by Pamela Ronald
Understanding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and Their Impact on Communities
by Carrie Hribar and Mark Schulz
Interview with an Organic Farmer
by Expeditionary Learning
Nitrogen fertilizer is bad stuff-and not just because it could blow up your town
by Tom Laskaway
Food Deserts
by Betsy Dru Tecco
The Cultivation of Agricultural Subsidies
by PBS
Lunch or Junk
by Scholastic
Birke Baehr: What’s wrong with our food system
by Birke Baehr
Organic Eggs vs. Conventional Farm Eggs, Free Range Chickens, & Ethical Animal Treatment Vital Farms
by Vital Farms

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
http://www.un.org/en/sustainablefuture/sustainability.shtml
by http://www.un.org/en/sustainablefuture/sustainability.shtml
Informational
http://www.un.org/en/sustainablefuture/food.shtml
by http://www.un.org/en/sustainablefuture/food.shtml
Informational
http://www.gracelinks.org/264/genetic-engineering
by http://www.gracelinks.org/264/genetic-engineering
Informational
http://www.ted.com/talks/mark_bittman_on_what_s_wrong_with_what_we_eat.html
by http://www.ted.com/talks/mark_bittman_on_what_s_wrong_with_what_we_eat.html
Informational
http://www.challengebasedlearning.org/challenge/view/13
by http://www.challengebasedlearning.org/challenge/view/13
Informational
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/water-h20-life
by http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/water-h20-life
Informational
http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/117568/icode/
by http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/117568/icode/
Informational
“Wangari Maathai: Trees for Peace"
by Jan J. Ferrara
Informational
“The Critical Role of Global Food Consumption Patterns in Achieving Sustainable Food Systems and Food for All."
by United Nations Environment Programme
Informational
“Food around the World”
by Junior Scholastic
Informational
“Global Groceries”
by Gretchen Noyes
Informational
“For Kids: Greener Diet”
by Stephen Ornes
Informational
Food and Farming
by Jen Green
Informational 1 240
Food: Ethical Debates in What We Eat
by Jim Kerr
Informational 1 190
Feeding the World
by Sarah Levete
Informational 890
What’s Cooking? The History of American Food
by Silvia Whitman
Informational 1 120
From Farm to Table
by Richard Spilsbury
Informational 1 120
Feeding Relationships
by Ann Fullick
Informational 930
Dairy: From the Farm to Your Table
by Brian Hanson Harding
Informational 1 060
Do you Know Where Your Food Comes From?
by Neil Morris
Informational 980
Food
by Paul Mason
Informational 970
Word of Mouth: The Food You Eat
by Nancy Rogers Bontempo
Informational 960
Feeding the World
by Sarah Levete
Informational 890
Seeds of Change
by Jen Cullerton Johnson
Informational 820
Avoiding Hunger and Finding Water
by Andrew Langley
Informational 720
Food
by Alexandra Fix
Informational 630

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