Grade 8 English Language Arts Semester – 2

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Grade 8 English Language Arts Semester – 2

Recommended Grade Level: 8

Maybe change would not be hard if we knew where it was all going. This course is not about telling fortunes, but it is about seeing how people and ideas have changed. It is also about discovering which ideas have lasting value for each student. Books, poems, and songs are filled with stories about people discovering the world around them and the world inside them. Authors share their reflections about how people respond to changes and challenges.

 In semester 2, students continue to encounter the many faces of change. They are also challenged to define and describe their own place in a changing world. The purpose of this course is to give students the tools to understand and express who they are and where they want to go. By the end of the course, each student’s portfolio of writings will provide a descriptive self-portrait of a young adult growing up.



Required Materials:


You will need the following items to complete this course:

  • Disk space on your computer as well as external device to back up your files (flash drive, external hard drive, CD–Rom, etc.)
  • Word processing and presentation software
  • Research materials which are typically found online or at public and school libraries

All students select one novel below:

Reading materials are optional. Students may choose to read a novel from the list or a short story linked within the course.

  • Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
  • The Outsiders by SE Hinton
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

     or one short story below:

  • “Cupid and Psyche” by Apuleius
  • “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry
  • “The Golden Touch” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane

Advanced students select one additional novel below:

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

 Free Downloads:

  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Java
  • Windows Media Player
  • Apple iTunes



Segment II:


Module 4: Living Innovation

  • 00 Module Four Pretest and Checklist.
  • 01 What a View!
  • 02 What Do You See?
  • 03 Write It Right.
  • 04 Make It Memorable.
  • 05 Thinking About Theme.
  • 06 Ask the Ancients.
  • 07 Dig Into Poetry.
  • 08 Have Your Say.
  • 09 Module Four Review and Discussion Based Assessment.
  • 10 Module Four Exam.

Module 5: Imagine the Future

  • 00 Module Five Pretest and Checklist.
  • 01 Imagine the Journey.
  • 02 Time for Tone.
  • 03 What’s Your Problem?.
  • 04 An Engaging Perspective.
  • 05 The Turning Point.
  • 06 Symbolism: What Are You Implying?
  • 07 Journey’s End.
  • 08 Moody Verbs.
  • 09 Make Your Pitch.
  • 10 Module Five Review and Discussion-Based Assessment.
  • 11 Module Five Exam.

Module 6: Technological Invention

  • 00 Module Six Checklist.
  • 01 Changing Perspectives.
  • 02 Know All the Players.
  • 03 Respect Your Audience.
  • 04 Start an Argument.
  • 05 Words of Support.
  • 06 Make Your Argument.
  • 07 Emphasize Your Argument.
  • 08 Prove Your Point.
  • 09 Module Six Review and Discussion-Based Assessment.
  • 10 Stand Out From the Crowd!
  • 11 Segment Two Exam Part One.
  • 11 Segment Two Exam Part Two.
  • 11 Segment Two Advanced Exam Part One.
  • 11 Segment Two Advanced Exam Part Two.



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