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Williams-Hunt, LaDonna » Williams-Hunt's ELA Class

Williams-Hunt's ELA Class

English Language Arts Syllabus

Grade 8

Williams-Hunt

Email:  ladonna.williams.hunt@grandviewc4.net

Phone: 816-316-5640


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.


Course Overview

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.



Enduring Understandings

  • Analyzing text for structure purpose and viewpoint allows an effective reader to gain insight and strengthen understanding.
  • To gain a better insight into the integration of knowledge and ideas, effective readers analyze and evaluate content, reasoning, and claims in diverse formats.
  • Effective readers use a variety of strategies to make sense of the ideas and details presented in text.
  • Develop an understanding that personal choice and societal needs often conflict

Essential Questions

  • Why does it matter what makes a story a great story?
  • Why does the author write the way her or she does?
  • In what ways does creative choice impact an audience?
  • What do good readers do?
  • Am I clear about what I just read? How do I know?
  • Does learning about other people's perspectives impact my understanding of life?
  • Making meaning from a variety of sources.

The course will be divided into eight units with pre and post assessments given for each unit.  

These standards are divided into each unit.