Gifted & Talented Language Arts 8

Gifted & Talented Language Arts 8



In Gifted & Talented Language Arts 8, the student will work at an accelerated pace while engaging in more complex and challenging instructional activities. Each unit focuses on a central question; and the student will read, analyze, and interpret a variety of literature that informs his perspective about questions such as the following: "Which is more important, the journey or the destination?", "What do you do when you don’t know what to do?", and "How do you stay true to yourself?" The student will develop his reading skills and expand his vocabulary while reading across the genres of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama. He will also select literature for independent reading and choose either Johnny Tremain or My Brother Sam is Dead as his novel unit. The student will strengthen his mastery of the writing process and the six traits of writing as he composes personal, creative, and persuasive writing. In the second semester, the student will continue to work at an accelerated pace while engaging in more complex and challenging instructional activities. As he reads, analyzes, and interprets a variety of literature, the student will ponder answers to questions such as the following: "How do you keep from giving up when bad things happen?", What’s worth fighting for? What’s not?", and "What is the American dream?" The student will further develop his reading skills and expand his vocabulary while reading across the genres of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama. He will also select literature for independent reading and choose either The Giver or Ella Minnow Pea as his novel unit. The student will strengthen his mastery of the writing process and the six traits of writing as he composes creative, persuasive, and research writing. Prerequisites: Approval