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Junior High School
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Mrs. Carroll
8th Grade Language Arts
and Reading Seminar - Liberty Jr. High

Welcome to Accelerated Language Arts!

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 both fiction and nonfiction. 

The Accelerated Language Arts curriculum differs from the regular Language Arts curriculum in the following ways: some different novels, higher expectations for papers and project quality, acceleration of units (especially grammar), and depth of material.  So while we may be studying the same unit as my regular classes, the rate at which we cover the material and the depth at which we cover the material will vary greatly.  Accelerated does NOT mean more homework, nor does it mean rushing ahead if the students are not ready.

Instruction, discussion, and types of assignments are all differentiated from a regular class in order to create a more challenging environment. 

Assigned Text

Pearson myPerspectives

Units 1-3

Assigned Novels/Plays

Of Mice and Men

The Diary of Anne Frank

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Assigned Writing

Explanatory essays

Argumentative essays

Narrative essays



Grades are weighted as follows:

50% homework / classwork

50% test / quizzes

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. 



Weekly Agenda


Monday 12/3 - Sentence structure practice, Google Classroom, write subordinating conjunction songs

Tuesday 12/4 - Comma notes in packet, comma theme posters

Wednesday 12/5 - Finish comma theme posters, finish memorizing subordinating conjunction songs, grammar quiz tomorrow - study your packet!

Thursday 12/6 - Sing songs, take grammar quiz, intro. to Of Mice and Men

Friday 12/7 - Get packets and books, complete anticipation guide, begin reading chapter 1

 Monday 12/10 - Discuss novel chapters 1, Read 2 for homework, close reading worksheet

Tuesday 12/11 - Discuss 2, Read 3 for homework and complete close reading

Wednesday 12/12 - Quiz 3, Read 4 and complete close reading 

Thursday 12/13 - Quiz 4, Read 5 and complete close reading for homework.

Friday 12/14 - Quiz 5, Finish the book and close reading for homework