8th Grade English
"It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
— J.K. Rowlings, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Our guiding theme in English 8 is the notion of choice.
What choices do you make as a student? As a son or daughter? As a friend? We will explore the idea of choice in our reading as well, examining the choices authors make in developing plot, themes and their characters’ choices: friends who choose to stay faithful despite risks, parents who make choices for their children, angry people who choose to act on their rage, teenagers who choose to rise above their oppressive environments.
Together we will explore and analyze literature, including: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and various short stories, poems, and essays. Students will also read and write about books of their own choice throughout the year.
Grammar and vocabulary will be fine tuned as we work toward writing with style and an increasingly sophisticated command of the language. Students will write on topics and in styles of their choosing while also learning how to express their ideas using the literary paragraph and the five paragraph essay formats.
We wrap up the year with the World Fair, an exciting interdisciplinary unit between English and history. This group project provides an in-depth look into the lives of young people from different cultures, with students reading a novel, researching the protagonist's country and culture, and presenting their findings at World Fair Night at the end of the year.
Group discussion, interactive projects and in-class performances play an important role in the English 8 program, so come ready to participate and learn!