|Language Arts Department|
|Language Arts 01|
|Language Arts 02|
|Language Arts 03|
|Language Arts 04|
|Language Arts 05|
|Language Arts 06|
|Language Arts K|
|Language Arts Pre-K|
|Language Arts - 7|
|Language Arts - 8|
|AP English 12|
|Broadcasting and Video Production II (sem)|
|Broadcasting and Video Production I (sem)|
|Broadcasting and Video Production III (sem)|
|Creative Writing (sem)|
|English 10 (Honors, College Prep, Traditional)|
|English 11 (Honors, College Prep, Traditional)|
|English 12 (Honors, College Prep, Traditional)|
|Honors Composition (sem)|
|Journalism I (sem)|
|Journalism II (sem)|
|Speech I (sem)|
|Speech II (sem)|
|Strategic Literacy (.25 credits)|
|Writing Skills (sem)||
Language Arts - 8 - Parent/Community Course Guide
Adopted by Board of School Directors on February 2023
All eighth grade English students continue to develop reading, writing, thinking, speaking, and listening skills through the study of various literary forms: short stories, essays, plays, poems, novels, and non-fiction within major thematic units. The course builds on skills learned in seventh grade so that students are prepared to write in the narrative, expository/informational, and persuasive/argumentative modes in paragraphs, multi-paragraph essays, and research papers. To help students understand and use words effectively, the course will follow a systematic approach to grammar study and will examine vocabulary in context of literature. This course will prepare students for the PSSA exams.
Unit #1 - Short Fiction
Unit #2 - Text Structure
Unit #3 - Reading Strategies with a Novel
Unit #4 - Literary Elements with a Novel
Unit #5 - Making Text Connections (Choice Novel)
Unit #6 - Vocabulary
Unit #7 - Grammar and Usage
Unit #8 - Effective Communication
Unit #9 - Research Strategies
Unit #10 - Narrative Writing
Unit #11 - Expository Writing
MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE:
Text: 18 Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
-Read Magazine "The Fall of the House of Usher" play
Non-fiction articles on Poe's life and death
Sherlock Holmes stories:
"The Adventures of the Speckled Band"
- "The Lottery"
- "The Bus Ride"
- "The Last Answer"
- "The Stroke of Twelve"
- A&E Poe Biography
- "Hound of the Baskervilles" VHS
- Other stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe such as "Alone" "Dream Within a Dream," and "Conquorer Worm"
ACCEPTANCE AND EQUITY:
Text: Raisin in the Sun
Brown Girl Dreaming (excerpts used for extension activities)
March: Book One (excerpts used for extension activities)
- "I Have a Dream"
- Kids Discover:Civil Rights (magazine)
- Kids Discover:Martin Luther King (magazine)
- Teaching Tolerance Teaching Kit and DVDs
- The Ernest Green Story
- "It Happened Here" article
- Langston Hughes poetry
CONFORMITY & NONCONFORMITY:
Text: The Giver by Lois Lowry
-Lois Lowry Newbery Acceptance Speech
- "Harrison Bergeron"
- "The Lottery"
- "Jeremiah's Song"
- "The Pedestrian"
- "Old Glory"
- "The Speeders"
- The Truman Show DVD (excerpts)
INDIVIDUAL VS. SOCIETY:
Text: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
"Nothing Gold Can Stay" and other poems by Robert Frost
The Outsiders DVD
- Teacher selected poetry
- Dateline Video segment "Lords of Chaos" from "Schools Under Siege: Stopping the Violence." Dateline. NBC, 25 September 1998.