8th Grade Language Arts
and Reading Seminar - Liberty Jr. High
Language Arts Class 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.
Units 1, 2, & 4
(The following is a list of novels and plays that may be read in class this year.)
The Diary of Anne Frank
Of Mice and Men
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
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.
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
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