Eighth Grade Language Arts

Canyon Grove Humanities (History & Language Arts)  Here

Williamsburg Learning Humanities

Reading and writing, thinking and discussing, practicing and revising, memorizing and implementing. These are all elements of our multi-disciplinary Humanities course, and each semester we use these elements to help us complete a summit project (the focus of an expedition or theme that guides learning) that has relevance, meaning and challenge.

Students have powerful discussions about history, society, art, and literature in our integrated online humanities classes.

In our blended, project-based Humanities (6/7th grade and 8th grade) classes, we look at lessons, patterns, and major ideas from throughout history. Through classes and projects that engage students’ five senses using imaginative travel and artistic, musical, and culinary elements, students experience the cultures of a variety of countries across time and space. The human condition offers rich opportunities for colloquia, simulation, and projects, and we build classes and projects that dive deeply into questions and circumstances that beg to be understood.

The language arts are also woven throughout the curriculum. Reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing are essential to understanding the humanities. Students’ ability to fluently speak, write, listen and read are honed through practice and through projects specifically designed to draw attention to these things.

Literature is a staple that offers insight into the humanities, and it also helps students refine their language arts skills. We use literature that is worth reading and re-reading; we frequently choose texts that have withstood the test of time–yet when we find excellent recent literature, that also becomes a class staple.

In each Humanities class, we emphasize the education of the whole person, including the education of the senses through art and music. We utilize art as one of the great ways to develop the refinement and discernment of the senses. Memorization through also plays an important role throughout each term. Students gain confidence with speaking and presenting, and they become more attentive listeners. By combining beauty, analysis, creativity and discipline within the learning process, the Humanities 6-8 program promotes well-rounded, thoughtful students.

The expeditions encompassed within the Humanities program in grades 6-8 include:

Humanities 8A: Government – The focus of this expedition is current events and understanding the US political system and a history of its founding and evolution. In the Summit Project, students model a “real world” situation room scenario by preparing a presentation and writing a paper on a current event. They present their findings in a slide presentation as if they are presenting it to the US President in the Situation Room.

Humanities 8B: Worldviews – Students learn about understanding various worldviews and their reactionary, pendulum-like shifts; they also gain deeper self-awareness about their own worldview. At the end of the term, students compose a piece of art that reflects our own personal conclusions about the role of art in society and embodies their own definition of “Art.”

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Shurley English

This Grade 8 textbook covers parts of speech, three-point expository paragraph writing, special cases of subject/verb agreement, first person narratives, subordinate conjunctions, pronouns cases, writing a research report, participles, gerunds, infinitives, compound-complex sentences, writing a resume, and more.

This book is designed to be used with the Teacher’s Manual and Jingle CD

Daily Mind Builders

This 136-page book is comprised of intriguing activity pages to wake up sleepy brains for the day’s lessons.  Each activity page takes about 5-15-minutes to solve and develops the most important reading comprehension skill found on all standardized reading tests. Synthesizing disparate information and using the result to produce a reasonable conclusion is an essential skill assessed on standardized reading tests. This comprehension skill usually determines a student’s reading score–and every Daily Mind Builders™: Language Arts activity develops this skill.

Soaring with Spelling

Each lesson within the Level 8 spelling and vocabulary program contains 20 list words. List words are much more difficult than those used in prior levels.  This level is difficult enough for eighth grade to high school students. Lessons contain games such as pronunciation of words,  proofreading,  deciphering puzzles,  word jumbles,  crossword puzzles, word search, definition matching,  unscrambling words, identifying misspelled list words in a paragraph or sentence,  alphabetizing word groups,  and complete the sentences. These exercises are more difficult than those in previous levels. Learn More

All About Spelling

Students should complete All About Spelling Level 6 before starting Level 7. All About Spelling is a building block program: each level builds upon the previous one. In order to build a strong foundation, most students start with Level 1.  Learn More

Spelling Workout

Help your students improve their spelling in developmental stages, moving gradually from simple sound-letter relationships to more complex word-structure patterns. This teacher’s edition provides a 3-day or 5-day plan; activities for reinforcing spelling patterns; dictation sentences for a pre-test and final test; bonus words; review lessons; tips for ESL learners; a writer’s corner; and take-it-home masters. The scope & sequence follows MCP’s “Plaid Phonics.” Objectives state the goal of each lesson. Softcover. Level H, Grade 8. Learn More

Four Square Writing

Teach writing skills using this innovative new approach. The Four Square method can be used with all forms of writing and will fit any reading or language arts program. This step-by-step approach is built around a simple graphic organizer that first shows students how to collect ideas and then helps them use those ideas to create clear and polished prose. Open-ended reproducibles make the technique accessible to writers of all ability ranges. Learn More

Winning with Writing

This level covers direct, indirect quotations,  divided quotations, dialogue, the writing process, thesis statements,  transitional sentences, documenting sources, bibliography, creative writing, personal  narrative, descriptive writing, persuasive writing, explanatory writing, informational essay, autobiographical essay, cause, and effect essay, compare and contrast essay, and research report, among other things. Learn More

IEW Writing

Grades 6-8 Recorded live with Mr. Andrew Pudewa, this four-DVD writing course for middle school students new to IEW lays a solid foundation of writing skills. Over the course of 15–30 weeks, students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in their compositions, as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics. Included with the student handouts are complete teacher’s notes, source texts, assignments, and checklists. Learn More

Comes with: Student Notebook and Instructional DVDs.

Growing with Grammar

Descriptive adjectives, limiting adjectives, adjectives and commas, comparison with adjectives, predicate adjectives, diagramming predicate adjectives, appositive adjectives and proper adjectives, diagramming adverbs that modify adjectives and other adverbs, comparison with adverbs, using negatives correctly,  prepositional  phrases used as adjectives, prepositional phrases used as adverbs, diagramming prepositional phrases used as adjectives and adverbs, preposition or adverb,phrases and clauses between a subject and a verb, troublesome verb pairs, conjunctive adverbs, diagramming adverb clauses, adverb clauses, noun clauses, compound-complex sentences, participles and participial phrases, diagramming participles and participial phrases, gerunds and gerund phrases, diagramming gerund and gerund phrases,  diagramming infinitives and infinitive phrases. Learn More

Digging into Diagramming

It has been determined that many students find it easier to understand the mechanics of grammar by focusing on diagramming sentences while learning basic grammar concepts.  There are 41 lessons in this sentence diagramming book.  Each lesson contains sentence diagramming instruction as well as sentence diagramming problems to be completed by the student.  The book starts with basic sentence diagramming and progresses through more difficult sentence diagramming concepts.  Learn More

Comes With: Workbook and Answer Key.

Editor in Chief

The Improves students’ grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and attention to detail using a standards-based thinking approach rather than drill and practice. This effective method teaches students to carefully analyze and edit stories. This book includes 16 lessons in grammar and mechanics. Students identify and circle errors in each story and write their correction. The grammatical and mechanical errors in the paragraphs are based on general instructional guidelines for specific grade levels; the content level, however, is ungraded, allowing usage of these materials at many instructional levels. Writing styles and content are varied to sustain interest and to broaden the students’ exposure to different writing formats, such as letters, stories, and dialogue. The illustrations integrated into the context of the activities further spark student interest. The skills developed can be applied to the students’ own writing. Detailed answers are also included. Learn More

Reading Detective RX

The standards-based critical thinking activities of Reading Detective® develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills students need for exceptional reading comprehension. The activities are especially effective at helping students understand more challenging reading concepts such as drawing inferences, making conclusions, determining cause-and-effect, and using context clues to define vocabulary.

Students read and analyze short literature passages and stories that include fiction and nonfiction genres. Then they answer multiple-choice and short-response questions, citing sentence evidence to support their answers.

The Grades 6–12+ remedial (Rx) level is organized into single-skill units with a concluding mixed-skills unit and provides an introductory lesson for each skill.

Rx activities are “prescriptive” to help under-performing students in Grades 6–12+ improve their comprehension skills. Reading level is Grades 4–6; story content is Grades 6+. Learn More

Word Roots

Students learn the meaning and spelling of roots, prefixes, and suffixes commonly used in English. Learning these word elements dramatically improves spelling and the ability to decode unfamiliar words. The activities focus on using these words in context to help students incorporate each word into their vocabulary and retain the correct spelling. There are periodic reviews to make sure students retain what is taught in the lessons. Word Roots books will add hundreds of words to your students’ vocabulary and greater depth to their thinking and writing. Learn More