8-Language

September 29, 2016
8th Grade — Language Arts

Reading, writing, and social studies are taught in an integrated course called humanities. The content is guided by essential questions that inform reading material selections, study trips, research projects, and presentations. Teachers collaborate with other departments to further extend the cross-curricular nature of the humanities program, fully integrating the themes of the course into the arts, sciences, and mathematics.

Reading
  • Genre Focus:
  • The power of story
  • Biography
  • Graphic novels
  • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • Nonfiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Personal narrative
  • Independent reading
  • Listening and Speaking Strategies:
  • Socratic discussions
  • Debate
  • Blogging about literature based discussion topics
  • Annotation Strategies:
  • Note taking, summarizing
  • Citations:
  • MLA citations for books, websites, encyclopedias, videos, first person interviews, images
WRITING
  • Writing Conventions:
  • 6+1 Traits: Ideas, organization, voice, sentence fluency, word choice, conventions (spelling, punctuation, etc.)
  • Daily grammar integration:
  • Editing practice
  • Vocabulary development
  • Writing Craft Focus:
  • Issue oriented academic paragraphs
  • 5 Paragraph thesis based essay
  • Research based paper
  • Persuasive essay
  • Multimedia presentations
  • Approaches to Learning:
  • Brainstorming
  • Research
  • Planning
  • Writing
  • Proofreading
  • Revising
  • Publishing
  • Problem solving