Sundowne Smith

8th Grade Reading/Language Arts & Speech

8th Grade Reading/Language Arts

In all 8th grade RLA classes, we will be using literary analysis to dig deeper into the author’s craft by exploring aspects such as author's purpose, theme and characterization. We will develop a mastery of these elements through the use Literary Nonfiction, Literary Dystopian Fiction, poetry and contemporary classics . In Language Arts, we will develop our composition skills through personal narratives, position and research papers and investigative journalism. We will learn, review, and practice the rules of capitalization, spelling, punctuation, correct usage, sentence structure and vocabulary for the purpose of effective writing. We will write essays to develop written communication skills, in preparation for the STAAR test, AP exams and future English studies.