Language Arts: 8th Grade
The key components of language arts include reading, writing, speaking, listening, and researching. Students are exposed to a variety of texts both informational and literary. Literary studies provide opportunities for students to engage in active questioning, analysis, and discussion. Students work on reading strategies for increasing comprehension, constructing knowledge, and for deepening critical thinking and inquiry learning. In conjunction with reading, writing is a fundamental component of literacy. Writing is a means of critical inquiry; it promotes problem solving and mastering new concepts. Students at all grade levels are challenged to master the techniques of effective informational, literary, and argument writing as they work through the writing process: planning of ideas, organizing information, revising drafts, and editing for the final product. Vocabulary enrichment is linked to text materials with an emphasis on academic vocabulary. Speaking and listening skills are also developed throughout the year both formally and informally. Students conduct short research projects to answer a question, to cite credible sources, and to recognize that information has a social or cultural context.