• Course Narrative: 8th Grade English


    The Grade 8 English curriculum is an integrated program of reading and

    writing skills, activities, and applications designed to develop clear and

    effective written and oral communication, a life-long appreciation of

    literature, and those skills necessary to incorporate electronic technology

    into the research and writing process. Specific goals include helping

    students 1) improve critical thinking skills; 2) develop a literary

    background; 3) read challenging literature; 4) learn grammar, usage,

    spelling, and mechanics through the writing process; 5) develop skills in

    the use of electronic technology; and 6) practice oral communication skills

    through individual, small group, and large group learning experiences.



    ·         Book Clubs: students grouped by high interest novels of their choice

    ·         Writing Workshops: developing writing territories into publishable pieces

    ·         Poetry Analysis

    ·         Independent High Interest Reading

    ·         Vocabulary and Word Origins

    ·         Oral Language: Effective communication and presentation skills