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    7th Grade

    Language Arts Curriculum

    8th Grade

    Language Arts Curriculum

    1st Nine Weeks

    1st Nine Weeks

    Collections – Unit 6 -      

    “Guided By a Cause”                             

    Collections - "Culture and Belonging" and “The Thrill of Horror”

    Writing Focus –Informative

    Writing Focus - Informative

    NovelTangerine

    by Edward Bloor

    NovelThe Giver

    by Lois Lowry

    2nd Nine Weeks

    2nd Nine Weeks

    Collections – Unit 4 -      

    “Risk and Exploration”                             

    Collections – “Anne Frank’s Legacy” and “The Value of Hard Work”

    Writing Focus - Argumentative

    Writing Focus - Argumentative

    NovelTangerine

    by Edward Bloor

    NovelThe Giver

    by Lois Lowry

    3rd Nine Weeks

    3rd Nine Weeks

    Collections – Unit 2 -      

    “Perceptions and Reality”                             

    Collections –

    “The Move Toward Freedom”

    Writing Focus

    Literary Analysis

    Writing Boot Camp

    Writing Focus

    Literary Analysis

    Writing Boot Camp

    NovelThe Outsiders

    by S.E. Hinton

    NovelPrisoner B-3087

    by Alan Gratz

    4th Nine Weeks

    4th Nine Weeks

    Collections – Unit 1 -      

    “Bold Actions”

    Collections

    “Approaching Adulthood”

    Writing Focus –Narrative

    Writing Focus –Narrative

    NovelThe Outsiders

    by S.E. Hinton

    NovelPrisoner B-3087

    by Alan Gratz

    Planner

     

    On Mondays your child is required to write the homework assignments and upcoming tests/quizzes in his/her planner.  I encourage you to check it as some children need reminders and wait until the last minute to complete assignments or study.  Assignments are also posted in the "Teams" notebook.

    Homework 

    Your child will be given a homework assignment each block day which will be due a week later, on the next block day.  Most homework assignments will contain short reading passages with follow up questions (usually three).  Students may choose to do the entire assignment at once or one a day (there are a total of five). 

    Our class will go to the library every other week.  Independent reading is a requirement.  Checks will be made through quick writes, presentations, book reports, and book talks.  We will have two per nine weeks.  You should always have a book to read! 

    Each unit will have a culminating project that students will complete.  The rubric for these will be given weeks in advance.  Reminders will be given in class of due dates and should be written in students' planners.  There will also be a copy on the website. 

    Tests

    Tests will be given at the completion of story collections and novel sections.  Essays will also be assigned throughout each nine weeks based on the writing focus of the term.