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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 8th Grade 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 a comprehensive writing portfolio where they are allowed to make corrections to their papers for additional points. 


Assigned Novels/Plays

The Hunger Games

Hound of the Baskervilles

The Outsiders

The Diary of Anne Frank

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Assigned Writing

(Most topics students choose)

Explanatory essays

Argumentative essays

Narrative essays (Family Legend paper and Hero’s Journey papers)



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, 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