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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 10/29 - Diagramming Opener, Discuss "Setting Sun" plot chart, get packets, convention notes page 74, complete POV worksheets and verb mood.

Tuesday 10/30 - Read "The Tell-Tale Heart,"  top-hat organizer print vs. video

Wednesday 10/31 - Internet Safety curriculum

Thursday 11/1 - Diagramming opener, check POV and verb mood wksheets, Google assignment "Verb Moods #2," small groups - complete vocabulary worksheets

Friday 11/2 - Check vocab wksheets, complete evidence log, "Rolling World" quiz, diagramming practice