Students will read both fiction and nonfiction texts and will work to write opinion pieces with strong evidential support. Students will work to examine multiple types of texts and writing to support claims with textual evidence.
Students will continue to develop their reading and writing skills with a growing focus on expository and opinion writing. Students will increase their autonomy as readers and support claims through the use of textual evidence.
Students will apply critical thinking skills in their reading and learn the skills to become independent readers and writers. Students will read multiple genres of both literary and informational texts and use these texts as models for their own writing.
Students will increase the complexity of foundational phonics, high-frequency words, and sentence creation. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are intertwined so that students learn them organically and with purpose. Students will read a variety of texts, excerpts, articles, and leveled readers across genres. Through reading and writing, students will explore character analysis, story structure, biographies, and interpretation of informational texts.
Students will build on and add to their previously learned foundational skills. They will develop a fuller range of phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, and fluency skills. Students will think critically about literary and informational texts and begin to practice writing to communicate their thoughts. Genres of writing will include narrative, informational, and persuasive writing.
Students will begin to develop writing and reading skills through phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding. Students will learn how to identify story elements through the use of literary and informational texts.
HALF-CREDIT OPTIONS AVAILABLE; English 8A, English 8B
English 8 extends the skills developed in English 7 through detailed study of parts of sentences and paragraphs to understand their importance to good writing. Students also acquire study skills such as time management and improved test-taking strategies. Other topics include punctuation, word choice, syntax, varying of sentence structure, subordination and coordination, detail and elaboration, effective use of reference materials, and proofreading.