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Language Arts - 8th Grade

Reading, writing, and discussions are guided by thematic questions and student choice. The curriculum over the three years of middle school includes diversity in gender, culture, race, and socio-economic perspectives.

Each year, students undertake an interdisciplinary research project that connects with their History curriculum, culminating in a written report, a visual display, and an oral presentation for 8th Grade Project Night.

READING
 
       Genres
  • Fiction: historical fiction, short stories, poetry, vignettes, science fiction, realistic fiction, graphic novels
  • Nonfiction: expository texts, essays, articles, websites,
  • Independent reading
       Reading Analysis Strategies
  • Quote analysis
  • Know Wonder Learn
  • Integrated vocabulary building
  • Blooms taxonomy questions
  • On, Between, and Beyond the lines text analysis
       Approaches to Learning
  • Analytical discussions of literature
  • Scaffolding
  • Collaboration
  • Describing context, making connections, and discovering personal response
  • Student choice
  • Previewing themes and questions
  • Review writing
       Listening and Speaking Strategies
  • Socratic discussions
  • Oral presentations
  • Online discussions
  • Student blogs
  • Debate
  • Think Pair Share
WRITING
 
      Writing Conventions
  • Integrated practice (grammar, punctuation, parts of speech, etc.)
  • Vocabulary development
  • Ideas
  • Personal voice
  • Structure
  • Narrative techniques
      Creative Writing Units of Study
  • Personal narrative/memoir
  • Short stories/elements of story
  • Poetry/vignettes
      Expository Writing Units of Study
  • Literature response and analysis paragraphs
  • Thesis based literature essays
  • Personal response paragraphs
  • Persuasive arguments
  • Research reports
       Approaches to Learning
  • Brainstorming
  • Research: media literacy, source evaluation and integration
  • Planning
  • Proofreading
  • Peer-editing
  • Revising
  • Publishing
  • Problem solving
  • Note taking
  • Summarizing
  • Student choice
  • Collaboration
  • Projects
  • Portfolios
       Citations
  • MLA citations for books, websites, encyclopedias, videos, first person interviews, images