Riverside Middle School
8th Grade ELA


Course Information

Course: 8th Grade ELA

Teachers:Mrs. Laura Benavides

Course Description:
School: Riverside Middle School, Crestwood Schools

This course will ensure that the eighth grade student will be able to communicate effectively using the English language in the written and spoken forms.  To accomplish this goal, the students will be exposed to a variety of language arts experiences and activities.

Course Objectives:

The student will be able to:

  • Read and interpret, and analyze selected narrative works and apply their themes to real life situations.
  • Develop good writing skills through practice and by mastering the basic steps in the writing process:  prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.
  • Demonstrate writing proficiency in a number of varied writing assignments.
  • Analyze the structure and syntax of the English language through study of its grammar, mechanics, usage, spelling, and vocabulary.
  • Develop research skills through the use of the school media center.

Course Topics: 


The student will be exposed to various reading genres such as the short story, the novel, drama, and biographies.


The students' writing skills will be strengthened by focusing on proper structure of sentences, paragraphs, letters, essays, newspaper articles, book reports and a research paper.  Students will also utilize the editing process. 


The student will continue developing vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and research skills through the use of the dictionary, thesaurus, computer lab, and the media center.

The teacher will utilize a variety of instructional methods including discussion, cooperative group work, and technology.


8th Grade ELA Calendar

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