Language Arts 8 B
Why This Class
In this course, students focus on crafting thesis-driven five-paragraph essays. The course begins with an exploration into Aristotle’s logos, pathos, and ethos, and students conduct research, formulate opinions, and compose essays about a topic of their choice. Next, students think critically about the development of a character from their favorite book and analyze how the events of the story impact that character. Lastly, the students compose a research essay about a topic of their choosing while focusing on the importance of distinguishing between credible and non-credible sources of information. The course concludes with a final portfolio presentation in which students reflect on the growth they have experienced over the course of the semester.
What matters to me?
What can I learn from stories?
How can I distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources of information?
How have I grown as a writer?
How do I construct effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays?
The Perfect English Grammar Workbook by Lisa McLendon
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Recommended Grade: 8th
Estimated Weekly Hours: 4