Language Arts 8 A

Why This Class

This course begins with an exploration into the individual. Students read classic narratives and explore life experiences that have shaped them into the unique individuals they are today by writing a personal narrative. Next, the students explore the techniques of reading and writing informational texts by focusing on feature articles. After interviewing or studying a family member or ancestor, students compose their own feature articles to highlight meaningful aspects of their subjects’ lives. Lastly, students shift their focus toward the world at large, reading literature that inspires critical thinking about society today.  Formulating arguments in response to current events, students write a persuasive essay about the society in which they live. The course concludes with a project in which students compile their writing assignments into a semester portfolio and reflect on their growth throughout the course.

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.