Language Arts 8 (01036N) WA

Language Arts 8 is a survey of literature that explores the work of various writers of different time periods through an historical lens. Students should enter this course with a foundation in analyzing, through a close study, various genres of literature and making connections with historical perspectives and the arts. In this course, students will build on these skills by studying a range of classic and contemporary literature to convey themes of American History, Natural History, World Civilization, Fine Art, and Air and Space. Students will also develop their writing skills while producing informative, argumentative, and narrative compositions. Supported by a balance of fictional and informational texts, students will learn and practice close reading, modeled reading, writing, speaking, and listening strategies.

To become critical consumers of text, students will be exposed to increasingly more complex texts to which they apply those skills. In English language arts, that critical content is both rigorous and relevant and includes high-quality contemporary works as well as the classics of literature. The content includes high-quality contemporary works, the classics of American literature, and the timeless dramas of Shakespeare. Students will be enriched as they expand their skills and confidence in English language arts through a comprehensive study.

Student Objectives

  • Sharpen reading skills through summary, analysis, evaluation, and interpretation.

  • Identify explicit and implicit meaning in texts.

  • Analyze literary elements, such as narrative/poetic/dramatic structure, point of view, style, theme, purpose, development of theme, setting, characters, plot, and symbolism.

  • Analyze language: figurative and technical language, imagery, tone, mood, persuasiveness, connotation, nuance, using context clues, and multiple-meaning words.

  • Analyze informational texts for central ideas, interaction of ideas, structure, and point of view.

  • Sharpen writing skills:

    • Informative: responding to literature; comparing/contrasting; synthesizing information; developing and supporting a thesis; using appropriate and varied transitions between ideas; using precise, domain-specific language; revising; improving word choice; and developing task and audience.

    • Argumentative: making and supporting a claim; using valid reasoning; using rhetorical devices to persuade; adapting a rhetorical structure; sequencing ideas; creating cohesiveness; adapting to purpose, audience, and task; using precise, domain-specific language; and using the writing process. Revising for style/word choice, planning and organizing, and developing purpose.

    • Narrative: incorporating sensory detail, sequencing, reflecting, and peer evaluating. Editing for verb usage, editing words for effect, and organization.

  • Conduct research: the challenge of usage and vocabulary; evaluation of the strengths and limitations of sources in terms of task, purpose, and audience; distinguishing between quoted material and paraphrased ideas; and preparation of papers using correct MLA guidelines for formatting, citing sources within a text, and creating a works cited page.

  • Participate in speaking and listening activities, engage in collaborative discussions, and prepare a multimedia presentation on a research topic.

  • Strengthen language skills in conventions, vocabulary acquisition and use, and Greek/Latin roots.

State: Washington
Grade Level: 8
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year