Eighth Grade English

  • English/Language Arts (LA) carries on the aims of middle school education as described by the principles and goals of Turning Points, the Carnegie Foundation's foremost research document on middle schooling. A balance of core curriculum literacy skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading, writing, and viewing) will be the goal. More intense preparation will commence in the spring of the school year to help students successfully meet the challenge of the Proficiency Assessment administered by the State of New Jersey. Although test simulation and test readiness skills will be practiced (especially familiarization with the format of the test and broad-based strategies for test-taking), all skills will be developed through meaningful activities within the curriculum, rather than in isolated, drill activities.

    Students will also be reading a variety of class novels, short stories, nonfiction articles, and independent choice novels including:

    That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton
    Stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Roald Dahl, and W.W. Jacobs
    Flesh and Blood So Cheap
    Ashes of Roses by M.J. Auch
    Student Choice of: Code Name Verity, The Code Talkers, Mississippie Trial 1955, When I Crossed No-Bob, Private Peaceful, Fire from the Rock, Copper Sun, Bound, Daniel Half Human, Incantation, A Break with Charity, Nine Days a Queen, Day of Tears
    Night by Elie Wiesel