8th Grade Language Arts

8th Grade Language Arts

Academic Year Language Arts

This class focuses on strengthening and deepening students’ language arts skills as they prepare for high-school level academic writing. The class will be structured around three multi-week writing projects: a position paper, an analysis essay, and a research paper. At the end of the year, students will revise their work and compile a portfolio. The arc of these projects will help students develop skills in evaluating sources, argumentation, critical thinking, research, and effective rhetoric. Additionally, students will review essential grammar concepts in greater depth and learn new vocabulary words. The goal of our grammar and vocabulary lessons is to improve students’ writing mechanics for implementation in their multi-week writing projects.

What happens in class?

Each class lesson will be different, but at every meeting students will:


Students should expect to spend 60-90 minutes on homework each week. Throughout the year, students will work on several multi-week writing projects. Most weeks, they will complete part of a project at home. It is crucial that students keep up with this homework and come prepared for class each week. Students will also have a weekly reading in their grammar text to review: doing this reading at home frees up class time for practicing and receiving feedback. While it will not be officially assigned, students should also plan to review their vocabulary words between classes using their vocabulary textbook. Students will be assigned several vocabulary practice problems each week, which they will complete through the course homepage.

Teacher Feedback

Students will revise their work on three multi-week writing projects and compile a portfolio at the end of the year. Since students will complete most of their writing in class, there will be many opportunities for the teacher to provide informal feedback face-to-face while students are working. The teacher will conference with students regularly during class, providing oral feedback and some informal written notes on their work. At the end of each multi-week project, students will submit their final draft and receive detailed, formal written feedback from their teacher.


Students will take an exam at the end of each quarter during class. Each exam will assess students on the grammar and vocabulary covered that quarter.


All times Eastern.
Aug 29 - May 29
7:00 - 8:45 PM Amanda Stack
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