8th Grade English
Literature and and Comp will be a fun, dynamic introduction to basic persuasive essay writing, develop student’s stylistic techniques through poetry forms and tropes and get kids reading, talking and thinking about amazing literature! First Semester will focus on the Ancient World (in conjunction with our History and Bible courses). Each book will be treated like a simple unit study where we’ll spend 3 weeks discussing the literature, focusing diving into the genre, author, plot, character and setting. We’ll use the literature as source text to create persuasive essays. Students will be expected to read the literature and participate fully in a dynamic, fun class. Simple writing assignments will take place through-out each month, such as Author’s Biographies, and some fun creative writing assignments, along with persuasive essays.
Good writing is good thinking and this class will hone your student’s critical thinking abilities as they wrestle with concepts in the literature as well as the elements of creating good writing.
First Semester: (Renaissance World) Don Quixote; Perrault’s Complete Fairy Tales; Gulliver’s Travels; Pilgrim’s Progress; Poetry, Grimm’s Fairy Tales; Alice in Wonderland; Henry VI.
Second Semester: (Age of Explorers to Modern World) Treasure Island; A Man Without a Country; Little Women; The Hounds of Baskerville; Jungle Book, Scarlet Pimpernel; Gift of the Magi; Murder in the Orient Express; 12th Night