NOTE: A student must be at least thirteen years old by September 1, 2022, to register for this class for the 2022-2023 school year.
Building on the skills learned in 7th grade, this class will further develop writing/composition skills and analysis of various works of literature.
Eighth grade students will concentrate on deeper discussions from the novels, writing in five different areas, reviewing grammar from past years, editing papers, and presenting written work to their peers.
Students will learn new vocabulary and analyze literature. These novels include Through the Gates of Splendor (Elliot), The Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain), The Sign of the Beaver (Speare), The Bronze Bow (Speare) and a play The Miracle Worker (Gibson)
Each week, we will review English grammar through various exercises in which students will thoroughly review parts of speech, phrases, and clauses through parsing and diagramming.
Throughout the year, students will also write for five different purposes: journal, expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive. Using the Lost Tools of Writing curriculum, students will have the opportunity to learn how to construct a persuasive essay. Students will also learn editing skills. By the end of the year, students will have a written portfolio and have done a few speaking presentations. Students will receive tips on how to speak to an audience throughout the year.
Supply fee: $65
Tuition: $550/year or 10 monthly payments of $55.
Textbooks: Lost Tools of Writing (Student Notebook included in supply fee)
Parents provide all novels for the class. (Novels and supplies will be emailed upon receipt of registration fee.)
Materials Needed: 1-inch 3-ring binder, ½-inch 3-ring binder (for portfolio), 8 dividers, thesaurus or synonym finder
Class time: 2 hours, once weekly
*Withdrawal fee after 9/30 of that school year is 3 months of tuition.
*The Supply Fee is due upon registration.
*If the Supply fee is not received within 2 weeks of registration, the student may be unenrolled from class.
*The Supply Fee is non-refundable after August 1st.