Can't help with what editions -- I usually went to the local used bookstore and bought after looking to find versions that were workable for us.
Esp. if you do Animal Farm, you should be able to squeeze in Oliver Twist (long), Macbeth (medium), and Count of Monte Cristo (very long). I imagine these will be the works studied, and then there will be other solo reading of some good young adult works as well??
I would think Macbeth and Oliver Twist would work in one semester, and then Count of Monte Cristo and a shorter work in another semester would give you enough time to read/analyze/discuss the works.
I did both Animal Farm and The Time Machine a few years ago in a Lit. & Comp. class for grades 7-12 -- The Time Machine did not go over as well as I had hoped, and it was a bit rough-going for all but the older high school ages. Just too much had to be explained as background material for them to begin to get a handle on any ideas for discussion. If you're going to do HG Wells, I'd suggest The Invisible Man -- a bit of an easier read, and more to discuss at that age. Animal Farm went over very well. If you go with Animal Farm, be sure to have meaty background information or a good study guide to help you get the most out of understanding the times that the work is built on. The free Animal Farm Glencoe Literature Library guide might be a useful supplement for you.
As far as guides... For Macbeth, I really recommend the Parallel Shakespeare teacher guide and student workbook (you can also get the teacher book for the workbook answers, and the parallel side-by-side text with original text on one page and the modern translation on the other page). Annoyingly, the sample pages that are in those links really don't do justice to this program -- lots of great background info, guided discussion questions. It's NOT all about vocabulary words and comprehension questions, the way the sample pages make it seem.
I also really like the challenger level guides of Discovering Literature series from Garlic Press, but they have only a very small handful of guides, and you're not doing any of their books. (a guide for each book in the Hunger games trilogy; The Graveyard Book; The Hobbit; The Giver; To Kill a Mockingbird; The Odyssey; Lord of the Flies). We used the guides for the last 4 of those books listed and they are nice and *meaty*!
Since other posters are listing what they used for 8th grade, I'll just add that we did Lighting Lit. 8, which covers 3 short units of poetry; 3 short stories; and 6 longer works (Treasure Island, A Day of Pleasure, The Hobbit, A Christmas Carol, My Family and Other Animals, To Kill a Mockingbird).
Enjoy your 8th grade Lit., whatever you decide to go with! Warmest regards, Lori D.
Edited by Lori D., 16 April 2017 - 06:25 PM.