Language Arts 8 A

Why This Class

As a parent, it’s thrilling to witness your student discovering who they are and taking interest in the world around them in more mature and meaningful ways. This course helps your student further explore who they are, what they value, and helps them find their voice as a person and writer.

Students read classic narratives and write a personal narrative recounting life experiences that have shaped them into the unique individuals they are today. They read feature articles to learn techniques of reading and writing informational texts. Students interview and study family members or ancestors, then compose their own feature articles to highlight meaningful aspects of their subjects’ lives. After a thorough review of the individual, students shift their focus toward the world at large, reading literature that inspires critical thinking about society today.

By the end of this course, students have created a writing portfolio showcasing their unique skills and growth throughout the semester. Students can successfully formulate arguments in response to current events, and write persuasive essays about the society in which they live.

Overarching Questions

Who am I?

What life experiences have shaped me?

Who do I come from?

What are my family values and narratives?

What is my role in society?

What does my community value?

Reading List

The Perfect English Grammar Workbook by Lisa McLendon

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 8th

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 4

Format: Live

Credits: 0.5

Please note that program and course descriptions are subject to change as we continuously improve our curriculum throughout the year.