8th Grade Literature & Composition

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Teacher: Dana Spears
Date/Time: Monday - 12:45 PM to 2:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 8th
Department: Language Arts
Grade Level: Middle School (6th-8th)

This course in Eighth Grade English focuses on the study of themes and genres in literature through a Christian world lens. This class will examine classic novels, short stories, speeches, and poetry that make up our North American heritage. Additionally, students will explore the masterful language William Shakespeare and other authors who formed the foundation of modern literature in English. Students will learn and study literary elements and stylistic techniques and understand how they are used to produce great works of fiction and nonfiction. Their reading will form the basis for literary exploration, analysis, and writing. Students will learn and study literary elements and stylistic techniques and understand how they are used to produce great works of fiction and nonfiction. They will also learn strategies for comprehending literature, utilizing this knowledge to analyze a variety of texts, and most importantly, how to apply this knowledge to their own writing.

A large focus of this class is mastery of the essay, which is achieved through thorough examination of masterful writers and the detailed study of the elements of grammar.  Students will be given detailed edits and can raise their writing grades by correcting their essays. Students will explore a large array of essay styles, including journalistic writing, historical fiction, compare and contrast essays, drama review, and humorous short-stories. Students will finish the year by writing a research paper, and learning research and formatting skills. This course serves as a bridge for high school level work for students who already have a solid foundation in grammar and reading.

READING:

Selections from "Twelfth Night"  by William Shakespeare (Can be read online.)

— Course includes a field trip to Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern to see a play**

Anthology: (Parents purchase this text.)

"Poetry & Short Stories: American Literature of the 19th & 20th Centuries" by Memoria Press (8th grade) (Text only - Do not purchase student guide.)

(Available from Christianbook.com and other book sellers. See attached file for the book cover.)

Novels: (Parents purchase these texts:)

"Anne of Green Gables" by L. M. Montgomery OR "Brighty of the Grand Canyon" by Marguerite Henry (summer reading - student choice)

"Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain

"Cheaper by the Dozen" by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (not associated with the modern movie)

Grammar and Writing:

Workbook provided. Cost included in materials fee.


Tuition: $70 per month, paid on the first day of class for the month OR $260 for fall semester, $320 for spring semester. Late fee additional $5 per week.

One-time materials fee: $30

** Dates for Shakespeare Tavern Homeschool/Education Days not released as of this printing.


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