Welcome to Language Arts & Reading 8

(562)799-4740 * dcory@losal.org

This year we will work hard to become better readers, writers, speakers, and listeners.

We are looking forward to working with all of you to make this a great year!

Power Standards & Objectives:

  • Reading:
    • Effectively use textual evidence to support inferences, analysis, and opinion
    • Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary
    • Read independently everyday to expand knowledge in all content areas
    • Speak formally and informally about a variety of texts, coming to discussions prepared, drawing on evidence from the readings, and following the rules of collegial discussion
  • Language Arts:
    • Compose fictional narratives, argument essays, research papers, responses to literature, summaries, compare and contrast papers, and explanatory essays
    • Use excellent transitions between sentences and paragraphs
    • Consistently cite textual evidence MLA style with appropriate lead-ins
    • Use a variety of sentence types including compound, complex, and compound-complex
    • Use appropriate spelling, grammar, and punctuation


  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

Students may purchase these novels if they would like to have their own copies for notes and annotations.


Periods 1 & 2: ELA 8 Co-teach with Mrs. Robinson

Periods 3 & 4: ELA 8

Periods 5: Prep period

Periods 6 & 7: Academic Lab

Extra Help:

Mornings at 8:15 by student sign up

Afternoons from 3-4 PM during Homework Club (M,T,TH,F)

Please send me an email or sign up in the classroom to let me know if you are coming.

Additional Resources:

  • Media Center: M-F 8:15-8:35 AM and at lunch with a pass. (Student ID is required)


  • silent reading book (everyday)
  • earbuds
  • 3 ring binder with tabs
  • lined paper (college-ruled & 3 hole- punched)
  • sharpened or mechanical pencils (with led)
  • blue, black, green and red pens
  • index cards
  • scissors and a glue stick
  • folder (for graded work and homework)
  • white-out, a ruler, tape, and colored pencils or markers are optional but recommended


Daily assignments should be written in the Minder Binder. Students should check Google Classroom and/or AERIES for assignments.