XO, Ox (8th Grade)
XO, Ox (8th Grade)
XO, Ox (8th Grade)
XO, Ox (8th Grade)
XO, Ox (8th Grade)
XO, Ox (8th Grade)

XO, Ox (8th Grade)

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Unrequited love, a bumbling Ox, and a conceited Gazelle take the stage in
the heartwarming and humorous tale of XO, OX: A Love Story. This rigorous
module invites adolescents to consider the true meaning of love while
exploring calligraphy, paper handicrafts, handwriting analysis, and letter
writing etiquette. Writing lessons dive deep into form, purpose and
audience and reading work comes to life with an exploration of
Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing. You and your students will fall in
love with this rich collection of experiences that builds knowledge, skills,
and relationships.

Before you begin...

Each Artful Reading Module is flexibly designed for a 2-3 week duration. Lessons are marked for Before-, During-, or After-Reading to guide your planning. We have added a sample of an After Reading lesson entitled Love Is... for you to preview. Each lesson is designed in an easy to read format, with standards, materials needed, and step-by-step directions to ensure you are fully prepared when it’s time to deliver. 

This module contains the following lessons:

  • Love Notes
  • Beautiful Gazelle
  • XO, OX: A Love Story
  • Much Ado about Love Stories
  • Love Is...
  • Love Letters
  • Roses Are Red

The summative writing tasks will invite students into a PBL experience.
While conducting self and group initiated research, the compelling question
students will explore is How can we show love? Optional Extension Tasks are also available to stretch the module further.

Standards Matrix

This module is aligned to National Literacy standards and National Arts Anchor standards. For your reference, we have added images of the standards matrix for this module. 

Key Vocabulary

Paraphrasing, Probing, Form, Purpose, Audience, Au Revoir, Adaptation,
Structure, Dramatic Irony, Ado