8th Grade Literature and Composition

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Teacher: Laura Carey
Date/Time: Wednesday - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 8th
Department: Language Arts
Grade Level: Middle School (6th-8th)

This is an advanced Eighth Grade Literature and Composition course that focuses on analysis of literature and writing. Students are expected to have a strong foundational knowledge of reading comprehension, writing essay paragraphs, and grammar. We will delve into great novels, short stories and poetry through thoughtful discussions and writing projects. Story sequence, literary terms and techniques will be presented in a sequential manner. Students will explore different types of essay writing that will include: expository, narrative, and descriptive. The emphasis will be on expository writing where students will practice various expository essays that may include: compare and contrast, cause and effect, persuasion, definition, or example. With this genre, students will write thesis-driven essays that contain textual evidence and make analytical connections. Proper grammar mechanics and usage will be reinforced through weekly exercises. 


To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee (summer reading assignment; students should be prepared to begin discussion of the novel the first day of class)

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

No Fear Shakespeare: The Tempest by William Shakespeare (published by SparkNotes, contains original text with side-by-side plain English translation)

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

*May be subject to change, a final book list will be emailed to you.

Short Stories and Poetry (TBD)

Class size: minimum of 5 students

Tuition: $350 per semester or $650 for the year (if paid in full in by August 16) 

Materials Fee: $75 for the year, paid by the first day of class in August (fee covers some materials and MAS administrative costs)

Other Requirements:

1. Student must have their own Gmail address and Google Account.

2. A reliable desktop computer or laptop to type papers, printer, and WIFI.

3. A single subject notebook, 3-ring binder (2”), and writing utensils.