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Liberty
Junior High School
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Mrs. Carroll
8th Grade Language Arts
and Reading Seminar - Liberty Jr. High
ecarroll@nlsd122.org

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, 2, 4

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

Poetry

Independent Novel Study

1st and 2nd Trimester

Students choose their own novel to read independently and complete a project.

Grading

Grades are weighted as follows:

50% MP Unit tests, MP Selection Tests, Essays, Projects

30% Grammar tests / quizzes

20% Classwork / homework

 Homework/Absent Work Policy

Absent work should be made up as soon as possible without penalty.  Late work may be turned in for a 20% penalty up to the selection test / grammar test.  After the test, I will no longer accept it.

Weekly Agenda

Monday 12/2 - Sentence Structure Notes (new grammar packet), practice worksheets, finish Reader's Theater

Tuesday 12/3 - Diagram compound sentences, "Sentence Structure Practice 1" in Google Classroom

Wednesday 12/4 -Diagram opener, Subordinating Conjunction Song Time, Introduction to Of Mice and Men

Thursday 12/5 - Grammar openers (compound and simple sentences), novel packets, anticipatory guides, complete ink think in Google Classroom, begin reading novel (due Monday)

Friday 12/6 - Grammar notes: Comma rules, create Comma Rules posters

Documents