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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, writing, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.  Students will be assigned various types of literature throughout the year and have several opportunities to choose their own reading materials during Independent Reading. Students will also keep comprehensive writing portfolios where they are allowed to make corrections to their papers for additional points.  Again, some writing topics are assigned while others are chosen by the students.

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 Novels/Plays

Of Mice and Men

Hound of the Baskervilles


A Midsummer Night's Dream

American Gothic Unit

Assigned Writing

(Most topics students choose)

Explanatory essays            Narrative essays

Argumentative essays                   Poetry



50% homework / classwork

50% tests / quizzes

Weekly Agenda

Monday, 1/8 - Finish watching novel movie, begin Aimsweb testing

Tuesday, 1/9 - No Red Ink practice, Aimsweb testing

Wednesday, 1/10 - Aimsweb testing, Intro. to Verbs

Thursday, 1/11 - Verbs - Direct/Indirect Objects

Friday, 1/12 - Verbs - Predicate Noun/Predicate Adjectives