8th Grade ELA

Course Content*

Literature Units of Study & Central Texts
Literary Elements & The Art of Language: Literature textbook, short stories, poetry
Communication & Connection: The Miracle Worker 
Different Perspectives: "Flowers for Algernon," Boxers & Saints
The Power of Literature: A Christmas Carol
The Heroic Journey: To Kill a Mockingbird
With Great Power Comes...: Animal Farm
Humor & Satire: Various genres

Writing
Process Strategies: Six Traits, Schaffer Model 
MLA Format & Citation
Modes: Informative/Research, Argument, Personal, Narrative, Memoir, Poetry, Lit Analysis

Grammar
POS & Sentence Structures
Capitalization, Comma, Apostrophe, Quotes
Colon, Semicolon, Dash, Parentheses, Hyphen, Ellipsis, Numbers
Verbals, Parallel Structure
Case, Reference, Agreement, Modifier Placement

Vocabulary
Workbook - Weekly Word Lists
Reference Materials, Context Clues
Prefixes & Suffixes, Roots, Analogies

Speaking

Meaningful Group Discussion, Socratic Seminar, Fishbowl, 
Debate
Elements of Delivery, Modes of Speaking, ROPE Presentations

*Tentative. Subject to change.