ADV Literacy Work


To be a more literate person, you must immerse yourself in authentic reading and writing experiences. To that end the following tasks are required of 8th Grade Advanced ELA students.

1. Outside Reading: It is difficult to find time in class for everyone to read the scope of texts that make for a literate person, therefore you will be asked to read one book per nine weeks. You may read at your own pace BUT should have about an eighth of the book read by the end of each week. The sharing of ideas about your book will take place in class in various forms of assessment. Be sure to take a look at "Shoulder Shun List." For various reasons those choices are not allowed to be used for this task.

2. Blogging: This is a way for people to express themselves to a real-world audience. You are encouraged to find topics that appeal to you. You MAY NOT use this assignment or its tech tools as a topic. The key to a successful blog post is that people want to read it. That is your goal!! You should find ways to share your passions or ideas. If the post is a list of facts, then you have imitated a “Wikipedia” article. Blogging requires writer insight. If the post is a collection of opinions, then they need to be backed up by evidence. This can be anecdotal, or it might be facts, depending on the topic. You should format the blog post to encourage readership. A header photo, interesting title, correct grammar and spelling all add to readability. ALL facts and images that you used MUST be cited. This can be as simple as creating a link to the source.

3. Extra Credit Opportunities:

  • Score proficient (80% or above) on the Common Assessment = +1 point added to your final grade.
  • Read and critique a book at Goodreads. More information as to what to do is here.