English Language Arts Syllabus
To be successful in life, students must be adequately prepared and able to communicate effectively with others. The curriculum for English Language Arts (ELA) is designed to continue students’ exposure to a variety of literary text with comprehension, to refine grammar skills and improve writing with a heavy emphasis on argumentative writing.
The primary text for this course is Elements of Literature published by Holt. This text will be supplemented by a variety of other text to include novels, short stories, poems and informational text. Students also are required to bring a book (fiction or nonfiction) to class each day for independent reading.
In eighth grade, students engage in deep thinking and reading of literature and informational text to analyze the psychological and moral themes of various texts and how those themes develop throughout the text. Students produce clear and coherent writing, drawing evidence from a variety of text. They also compare and contrast the structure of texts and reason how the structure contributes to its style and meaning. Throughout this course, students will continue to develop their literacy in the four main quadrants of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
The course will be divided into eight units with pre and post assessments given for each unit.
These standards are divided into each unit.