8th Grade ELA News

February 8th, 2016

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Our Learning Targets

Our goals this week are:

  • Create a thesis statement for their research papers.
  • Identify claims throughout articles that represent two different ideas.
  • Incorporate counter-claims in their research papers.
  • Use MLA format to correctly cite textual evidence.
  • Create a Works Cited page.
  • Participate in a Writer's Workshop.
  • Students will be turning in their research papers on Friday.
  • Students should be reading at least 30 minutes per night.

8th Grade ELA Overview

During each unit, students will explore the elements of effective writing, read and analyze fiction and nonfiction, and develop reading strategies. Students will examine literature from the perspective of a writer and use their study of literature to improve their own writing. Students will improve their vocabulary through a variety of activities. Utilizing mentor sentences, students will analyze grammatical structures in writing. Students will maintain a portfolio to demonstrate their growth in language arts. Reading, writing, language, viewing, speaking and listening skills will be developed through a variety of individual and group assignments.