Liberty Jr. High

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Miss O'Brien

8th Grade Language Arts
and Reading Seminar - Liberty Jr. High

Language Arts Class Overview


Course Overview

Language Arts is a combination of reading, literary analysis, writing, grammar, and vocabulary.  Students will be assigned various types of literature which include poetry, short stories, novels, and plays.


Assigned Text

Pearson myPerspectives

Units 1, 2, & 4


Assigned Novels/Plays

     (The following is a list of novels and plays that may be read in class this year.)

The Outsiders

The Diary of Anne Frank

Of Mice and Men


Assigned Writing

  • Explanatory/Reading Response essays
  • Argumentative essays
  • Narrative essays 
  • Poetry



Grades are weighted as follows:

            50% = Unit Tests, Selection Tests, Essays, & Projects

            30% = Grammar Tests & Quizzes

            20% = Homework/Classwork

Homework/Absent Work Policy

Students should make a concerted effort to complete homework assignments by the original due date so as not to fall behind in class. 

Form and Function

Form and Function


Why Grammar?


By 8th grade, students are expected to recognize and understand the basic parts of speech which include prepositions, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, interjections, conjunctions, and verbs.  We do spend time reviewing these parts of speech in the form of anticipatory activities called D.O.L.s or daily oral language exercises.


My ultimate goal for the year is to teach students how to better understand the function of the parts of speech in order to become better writers.  Once students understand how intricately the parts of speech all work together in a sentence, they can begin to craft and manipulate language in a way which is both clever and authentic.


All words have both a form and a function:


"Form" simply means "part of speech." "Function" refers to the job a form does in any particular sentence.  Sometimes forms of words only have one job or function.  Other forms, such as nouns, can perform several different functions in a sentence.  The chart below is my grammar textbook!  Students will use this chart for their D.O.L.s all year.  The Form/Function chart is truly the the key to understanding grammar.





Subject – Beginning of clause or phrase

Direct Object – comes after action verbs

Indirect Object – comes after action verbs but before the direct object

Object of Preposition – comes after prepositions.

Predicate Noun – comes after linking verbs



Same jobs as nouns (subject / object pronouns only – see above)

Adjective (possessive pronouns only)




Articles (a, an, the)

Predicate Adjective – comes after linking verbs


(Action, Linking, Helping)







(coordinating, subordinating, correlative)






Of Mice and Men

Click on the links below to listen to each chapter of Of Mice and Men read aloud.


Chapter 1 -- https://youtu.be/-6dQ2jLgNOY


Chapter 2 -- https://youtu.be/kv7UxoD7_9E


Chapter 3 -- https://youtu.be/EAuwNBByFdY


Chapter 4 -- https://youtu.be/PiUYCLvc414


Chapter 5 -- https://youtu.be/NmmFqbpkaG4


Chapter 6 -- https://youtu.be/R4J1AX5uUyo

The Hunger Games

Use this link to access The Hunger Games packet for literary terms and chapter questions.




Use these links to listen to the different chapters of The Hunger Games on YouTube.

Chapter 4 -- https://youtu.be/mbmMo0F0HfY

Chapter 5 -- https://youtu.be/59GX9q-d-_c

Chapter 6 -- https://youtu.be/UeruzW3v8qw

Chapter 7 -- https://youtu.be/6FbwGm-_JFw

Chapter 8 -- https://youtu.be/vIUXZQesDgw

Chapter 9 -- https://youtu.be/8RSGlVYRFsM

Chapter 10 -- https://youtu.be/7BwuJMmUugA

Chapter 11 -- https://youtu.be/vB8UOiCSSAU

Chapter 12 -- https://youtu.be/DDsuZhwiOI8

Chapter 13 -- https://youtu.be/POqiMygr63U

Chapter 14 -- https://youtu.be/POqiMygr63U

Chapter 15 -- https://youtu.be/M4CuF7A-bzg

Chapter 16 -- https://youtu.be/LrJz4RJ2Omo

Chapter 17 -- https://youtu.be/YiDfsjXZPqw

Chapter 18 -- https://youtu.be/YiDfsjXZPqw

Chapter 19 -- https://youtu.be/bwPF5GdD6y8

Chapter 20 -- https://youtu.be/dYhU8Aa8CDo

Chapter 21 -- https://youtu.be/dZ5i0odXWT8

Chapter 22 -- https://youtu.be/XXj2J1ndLik

Chapter 23 -- https://youtu.be/J3hYwokkZJw

Chapter 24 -- https://youtu.be/TkypBxHoM2U

Chapter 25 -- https://youtu.be/arGBVrLnEHQ

Chapter 26 -- https://youtu.be/d2dja4M5LPg

Chapter 27 -- https://youtu.be/XIreFvfqkAU