Language Arts 8 B

Why This Class

As your student prepares for high school, you want them to think critically and deeply about themselves, others, and the world, while being creative and continuing to develop their skills as a thinker and writer. Through critical thinking and analysis exercises, this course does just that!

In this course, students focus on crafting thesis-driven five-paragraph essays. They begin with an exploration into Aristotle’s logos, pathos, and ethos. Students conduct research, formulate opinions, and compose essays about a topic of their choice. They think critically about the development of a character from their favorite book and analyze how the events of the story impact that character. They 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. They now know how to appeal to logic, emotion, and reason through communication, presentation, and writing.

Overarching Questions

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?

Reading List

The Perfect English Grammar Workbook by Lisa McLendon

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

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.