Language Arts 8

Language Arts 8



In Language Arts 8 A, each unit focuses on a central question; the student will read, analyze, and interpret a variety of literature that informs his perspective about questions such as: 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. The student will also self-select literature for independent reading. 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 explore central questions in each unit. As the student reads, analyzes, and interprets a variety of literature, he will ponder answers to questions such as: 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. The student will also self-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: None