Title of Course: Eighth Grade Language Arts
Teacher’s Name: Mrs. Bartkovich
Course Information: 8th Grade Language Arts, Hours 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Teacher Information: Planning 3rd hour
Teacher Phone: 810-591-6245
Teacher email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Seventh Grade Language Arts
Course Description and Overview of Content:
Eighth Grade Language Arts is an integrated ELA course that combines the study of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. The course reviews basic skills previously taught and introduces new grade-level concepts as required by the state. Students read and discuss both fiction and nonfiction of various lengths to improve reading skills and continues to write for a variety of purposes, using correct grammar and mechanics.
This course covers such topics as:
- Literary elements and structures of a variety of narrative text
- Text features and organizational structures of a variety of informational text
- Reading strategies
- Vocabulary strategies
- Writing in response to literature
- Writing in both narrative and informational genres
- Grammar concepts
Course Goal/Intended Outcomes:
Eight Grade Language Arts develops students who are proficient readers and writers and fosters independent workers, as it prepares students for success in high school.
- Use strategies to figure out the meanings of unfamiliar words
- Apply reading strategies to further comprehension and fluency
- Use the writing process appropriately, when considering audience ad purpose (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing)
- Use correct grammar conventions and a variety of grammatical structures
- Analyze elements and style of narrative genres such as historical fiction, science fiction and realistic fiction
- Analyze literary elements of narrative text
- Identify themes in literature and make personal connections
- Write a narrative piece such as poetry, historical fiction, science fiction and realistic fiction that includes conventions of the genre and the qualities of good narrative writing
- Analyze the style, elements and organizational patterns of informational genre such as comparative essays, newspaper writing, technical writing and persuasive essays
- Write an expository piece such as a journal, biography or simulated memoir that includes conventions of the genre
- Formulate research questions from multiple resources that end in a presented, final project
- Be enthusiastic about reading and writing
Texts and/or Other Materials:
Eighth Grade Language Arts core materials
- THE LANGUAGE OF LITERATURE, McDougal Littell 1997
- WRITER’S CRAFT, McDougal Littell 1995
- Realistic Fiction Novel
- Historical Fiction Novel
- Science Fiction Novel
- Non-Fiction Novel
Format and Activities:
Eighth Grade Language Arts includes a variety of instructional methods to address the learning style of its students:
- Lecture/group work/independent work/videos
- Teacher modeling
Grading Practices and Procedures:
Grades will be comprised from a variety of efforts:
- Class participation
- District quarterly assessments
Students must be in class in order to become successful learners. Students who are not sitting in their seats when the bell rings will be marked tardy.
Classroom Rules and Procedures:
All rules from the student handbook will be enforced. Students are expected to come to class on time everyday prepared.
Students are expected to turn in their work on time and completed with their best effort. Cheating and plagiarism will result in zero credit.
It would be beneficial if the students had access to a computer outside of school for research and word processing, but this is not a requirement. There are computers available at school. AUP form must be returned signed.
The curriculum of Eighth Grade Language Arts may be adjusted throughout the school year, as C-AMS continues to align English courses to meet state requirements.