• Welcome to 8th Grade English/Language Arts

    Course of Study

     

    This course continues to provide students with a framework to meet the State’s Literacy Core Curriculum Content Standards.  Students learn grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and other skills within the contexts of meaningful reading, speaking, writing, listening, and viewing experiences.  Students read and respond in writing and through discussion to various fiction and non-fiction selected works from the English syllabus.  A major component of the 8th grade English program includes self-selected independent reading.  All students will be required to maintain a portfolio of written work to be assessed at regular intervals.  Major research components comply with the scope and sequence of nationally accredited information literacy (research) skills.

    The units this year include:

    Realistic Fiction: That was Then, This is Now
    Suspense Fiction - Short Stories and Poe Poetry
    Non-Fiction/Fiction: Two Book Progression: Flesh and Blood So Cheap
    Mythology: Independent Reading Choice
    Historical Fiction: Book Clubs
    Memoir: Night, by Elie Wiesel

    Students will also be reading a variety of short stories, non-fiction articles, independent choice novels and poetry. Writing assignments will vary from short response to longer five paragraphs essays, as well as narrative writing. Structure will be the focal point.

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    8th Grade English Syllabus:  Syllabus

     

    Come and explore the wonderful worlds author's create. Learn how writers create those worlds and the literary techniques you can use to improve your writing. Let's work together to make meaning out of your English/Language Arts class so that you can be the best student you are! I look forward to working individually with each and every one of you. 

     

    Grading Policy

    Tests, Written Responses, Short or Long Term Projects:   50%

    Quizzes:  30%

    Classwork and Homework:   20%

     

    Expectations are that all work submitted whether for a grade or not will be thoughtful, purposeful, will utilize tools supplied and will represent your best effort and is completed with personal integrity and academic honesty at all times. I am always here to help you. If you need support in any way, please contact me via email or stop by and see me anytime before school.