8th Grade Language Arts:
Book: Voyages in English. Supplementary materials will also be utilized and kept in students' interactive notebooks.
Focus: Grammar and Rhetorical Skills
Class will begin with a grammar lesson; students will write each day. Vocabulary, including Latin/Greek roots, will be studied.
Students will write a variety of papers this year:
- Personal Narrative
- Reader's Response - Creative Writing
- How-to Article - Argumentative Writing
- Career Research Paper - Business Letter
- Descriptive Writing - Dear Author/Letter about Literature Contest
These utilize research skills as well as writing skills.
Each week, students will study an Article of the Week. Students will be asked to read and annotate this informational text.
They will answer questions about this article, as well. Articles and response handouts are posted on the homepage of this website.
Greek/Latin Roots- meanings : gen- birth-beginning tele- distant
bene- good, well aster/aster - star
aud- to hear spir/spire- to breathe
geo- earth quest/quir - to ask
logy- study of vis- to see
intro- in scrib/script- write
dec- ten quint/pent- five
cred- to believe port-to carry
cap - head omni- all
hyper- over, beyond super- over, above
min - small magni- great
mem - mind voc- voice
terr- earth ped/pod foot or child
lit- letter loc- place
Helpful websites to research careers for your research paper:
CIS junior (IDES): incis.intocareers.org
Career One Stop: Careeronestop.org
California Career Zone cacareerzone.org ( helpful for all people-not just people in California)
Career Outlook- Bureau of Labor Statistics ( www.bls.gov/ooh)