This course uses the common core standards for seventh grade English language arts. The course targets the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language in an effort to make students able to read and write confidently in all subject areas. In the area of reading students will further develop their abilities to determine a text’s main ideas and to analyze them based off of textual evidence. They will learn to analyze how an author organizes their text and the purpose of the chosen point of view in order to improve reading comprehension skills. In terms of writing, the students will continue to develop their skills in writing argumentative, informative, narrative, and research texts. They will be able to produce clear writing that has appropriate organization and style for the topic at hand. The students will learn to use technology to produce and publish their writing and to link and cite sources.
8TH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS COURSE DESCRIPTION
In eighth grade, English Language Arts will focus on preparing students for high school critical reading analysis as well as expository and argumentative writing. Students will read texts including informational articles on a variety of academic topics, as well as fiction and poetry. Students will practice analyzing texts by discussing and writing about themes, central ideas, and author’s purpose, to name a few. Additionally, there will be extensive writing, proofreading and revising of paragraphs and essays. Students will continue to advance their spelling, mechanics, and grammar as they address these skills in the context of their writing. Students will further improve test-taking skills as we cover strategies and practice gaining confidence and expertise. ELA 8 includes a community service project (CSP) requirement of 15 hours of verified volunteer work outside of class time. The CSP hours are mandated for promotion.
Grade weighting is the practice of counting critical assessments more highly than less critical assessments. Grade weights should correspond to the relative importance and the number of learning objectives being assessed.