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.

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.