Language Arts III - 8

Become a critical reader and thinker using fiction and informational texts. Acquire the tools to understand and express yourself through writing.

Major Concepts:

  • Text connections
  • Identifying theme
  • Moving a story forward
  • How theme develops
  • Comparing and contrasting mediums
  • Using context clues
  • Thesaurus and dictionary skills
  • Implicit and explicit meaning
  • Finding the main idea
  • Writing an effective summary
  • Assess internet sources
  • Why writers choose words
  • Reading informational texts
  • Researching and organizing information
  • Avoiding plagiarism/citing sources
  • Writing an introduction
  • Connecting and supporting ideas
  • Syntax and voice
  • Writing a conclusion
  • Revising writing
  • Using formal language in writing
  • Recognizing point of view
  • Identifying the narrator
  • Planning narrative writing
  • Beginning a narrative
  • Writing dialogue
  • Writing the body of a narrative
  • Using commas
  • Temporal transitions
  • Identifying and using verbals
  • Structure of a text
  • Identifying conflicting points of view
  • Using supporting evidence
  • Using correct spelling
  • Capitalization rules
  • Presenting information in different mediums
  • Evaluating modes of communication
  • Analyzing theme
  • Greek and Latin roots and affixes
  • Figurative language
  • How words affect meaning and tone
  • Syntax and diction
  • American rights in Civic expression
  • Interpreting implicit and explicit ideas
  • Identifying irony and puns
  • Poetic elements
  • Types of literary conflict
  • Point of view
  • Analyzing plot pattern
  • Interpreting symbolism
  • Using and correcting types of verb moods
  • Making a movie pitch
  • Argumentation vs. persuasion
  • Identifying multiple perspectives on an issue
  • Finding credible sources
  • Knowing your audience
  • Making a claim
  • Writing an effective introduction
  • Using quotations
  • Supporting your claim
  • Acknowledging counter-claims
  • Writing effective transitions
  • Preparing a rebuttal
  • Concluding an argument
  • Maintaining a formal style
  • Revising and editing


  • Historical context
  • Analyzing style
  • Writing in a different genre
  • Analyzing poem structure
  • Effect of poem structure on meaning
  • Diction and poetic devices
  • How authors create meaning and tone
S.No.Program NameFee ComponentAmount (USD)Description
1RegularCourse Fee$ 250To be paid by the student at the time of Registration.
2AdvancedCourse Fee$ 275To be paid by the student at the time of Registration.

Grade Level

  Grade 8




All students select ONE novel below:

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

The Outsiders by SE Hinton

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein


Recommended for 8th grade

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