8th Grade English

Course Description

English 8 is a course that emphasizes literary analysis and both expository and persuasive writing. The content of the course focuses upon the study of various classical titles whose plots revolve around the time period of 1850-Modern Day. The integration of novels relevant to the eighth grade historical studies will further enhance the analytical and critical thinking skills as connections are made to themes evident throughout past and present history. The course involves ‘close reading’ of literature, grammar, extensive weekly reading assignments, and formal expository and persuasive essays. This course will develop essential literary conventions including plot analysis, character development, and evaluation of major literary themes. This course will also develop essential writing conventions including MLA formatting organization and style. 

The following items should be brought to class every day: 

Students also need access to a computer at home for completing Google Classroom or research assignments. 



Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Syllabus 8th.pdf