7th & 8th Grade Language Arts

GOALS

  • To Develop a more mature sentence style and voice in writing through grammar study and writing practice.
  • To Deepen students enjoyment of literature and to help them to understand more complex texts through close reading, analysis and independent reading
  • To Gain an increasingly sophisticated understanding of English grammar
  • To Expand spoken and written vocabulary

Accelerated Reader (AR)

Literacy paves the road to learning! 

The Accelerated Reader Program engage students in reading
practice with authentic books and nonfiction articles. Strengthen reading skills essential for learning in any subject by practicing with comprehension quizzes and close-reading activities.

Every student to read books within his or her appropriate AR level that total at least 500 pages and take a corresponding AR tests each trimester (this can be one book of at least four hundred pages or a few books). GAINS student accommodations will be given individually. Students will also be reflecting on their AR books through peer reading letters. Students should try to stretch themselves as readers and avoid books with lots of pictures or fewer words on a page. A Student may not receive credit AR Credit for a book that is read as a class.

A complete Class Syllabus is available to each student and parent on Schoology which is password protected.


7th Grade

Text: Prentice Hall Writing and Grammar, Prentice Hall Literature and Vocabulary from Classical Roots A

Novels:

  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

8th Grade

Text: Prentice Hall Writing and Grammar, Prentice Hall Literature and Vocabulary from Classical Roots B

Novels:

  • A selection of novels related to the Holocaust. Students will choose a novel to work on with their literature group.
  • A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee