Language Arts 2

8th Grade
Joy Pope, Instructor

About this course:  This course is designed for students to further develop their skills of writing, reading, speaking, listening, and thinking.  Students will study genres of literature including historical fiction, drama, and realistic fiction.  They will be asked to analyze literature and practice personal connections, interpretations, and responses to literature which show their higher order understanding of the text. They will also participate in literature circles, as well as be encouraged to read and write for appreciation and enjoyment. Students will also gain skills in public speaking and dramatic presentation.

Students will continue to work on vocabulary development, sentence construction, and paragraph structure.  They will practice process writing to learn the traditional genres of writing, including problem to solution, literary analysis, and comparison/contrast.  They will learn to evaluate their writing for the traits of sentence fluency, organization, word choice and conventions.

Students will need to plan for 45-60 minutes of homework three to four days a week.  Parents must provide oversight for student’s daily progress on assignments. Students will need to plan for 45-60 minutes of homework three to four days a week.  Parents must provide oversight for student’s daily progress on assignments. Grades will be updated weekly at schoology.com.  Students who do not have a 70% at the end of fall semester will need instructor permission to continue into second semester. Visit Sound Learning’s General Course Requirements for more information.

 Pre-requisites:

  • Returning Students: Students must have an 80% or above in Language Arts 1 and instructor permission to enroll in Language Arts 2. Please contact me by e-mail jpopecreekside @msn.com  or phone 360-710-1810 for my recommendations.
  • New Students: Instructor permission based on Writing and Grammar Assessment.  The assessment must be submitted  via email to Joy Pope within 5 days of submitting your registration form.

Day and Time:  Monday, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Maximum class size: 15

Tuition: $165 per semester = $330 yearly, plus registration fees

Required Student Materials:      

  • Dragon’s Gate, Laurence Yep
  • The Miracle Worker, by Henry Gibson (I will provide this text)
  • Call of the Wild, Jack London
  • English handbook, dictionary, and thesaurus – either online or hardcopy
  • I will provide packets for writing instruction units. Student will be responsible to print them.

Recommended Materials: 
 Fix it! Grammar (Levels 1-6)
For parents who want a structured grammar program, Fix it! Grammar encourages students to immediately apply new grammar knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing. Student lessons require both independent and interactive work with a parent to apply terminology and strategies from Teaching Writing: Structure and Style. After determining student placement, purchase of a Fix It! Grammar teacher’s manual also provides free access to a downloadable PDF copy of the student workbook for each level.

Fix It! Teacher’s Manual
Spiral Bound, $19.00 (Each Level)

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