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Course Rationale and Description

In order to emphasize that learning is a life-long process, Carver Middle School will meet the academic and developmental needs of students who are in transition between childhood and adolescence by providing quality, student-centered learning experiences for every student, every day, without exception.

Language Arts in the Eighth Grade includes a study of literature, grammar, vocabulary, and writing with a focus on higher level critique, analysis, and synthesis skills. A variety of strategies also will be used to help students comprehend, interpret, evaluate, appreciate, and respond to texts. Students will develop composition skills throughout the year by writing in a variety of forms for varied purposes and audiences, including research compositions in accordance with standard MLA (Modern Language Association) format. Students will be asked to demonstrate thinking skills in listening and speaking and to interpret, evaluate, and compose visual messages.



MYP Course Objectives


In accordance with Carver’s participation in the International Baccalaureate Programme’s Middle Years Program (MYP), students will be expected to achieve several objectives at the end of the course. Students should be able to:


• Understand and comment on the language, content, structure, meaning, and significance of both familiar and previously unseen pieces of writing;

• Demonstrate a critical awareness of a range of written texts;

• Use language to narrate, describe, analyze, explain, argue, persuade, inform, entertain, and express feelings/thoughts;

• Compare texts and connect themes to show similarities and differences across genres;

• Express an informed personal response to literary texts and demonstrate the ability to approach works independently;

• Understand connotations in order to interpret an author’s or speaker’s intentions;

• Express ideas with clarity and coherence in both oral and written communication;

• Structure ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing, in a sustained and logical way, and support them with relevant examples;

• Distinguish the main ideas in a text from the secondary ideas;

• Use and understand an appropriate and varied range of vocabulary and idiom;

• Use correct grammar with appropriate and varied sentence structure;

•  Show awareness of the need for an effective choice of appropriate tone, vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure in oral and written communication


How Will Students Learn and be Assessed?


Students will learn through a variety of means including active classroom discussion, cooperative group work, independent reading, and interpretive written responses to literature (short answer, paragraphs, and essays). Students will have additional opportunities to respond to issues raised in class through visual and oral means, like portfolios and class presentations. Tests and quizzes will assess students’ summative understanding of unit concepts.


Content Outline


This course will address a variety of topics related to language and literature. Students will become familiar with literary concepts and genres through examination of short stories, novels, nonfiction, poetry, and/or drama. They will be introduced to and asked frequently to implement the writing process in response to issues related to literature and to participate in occasional writing workshops in class. Students will examine vocabulary, alongside some basic grammar concepts. Reading skills will be emphasized on an ongoing basis. Students will master basic research processes, according to MLA guidelines.


Major Projects/Products

In addition to smaller assignments and daily work, students will be asked to put forth their best effort on larger works, including poetry and/or creative writing portfolios, a research project demonstrating every step of the research process, and possible book reports.  


Learning Resources

1)Prentice Hall Literature/TPS Online Amplified Text in January 2017: will be utilized to obtain the reading curriculum and will be supplemented throughout the year with novels and photocopied short stories;

2)Novels we will examine include some or all of the following: Animal Farm, To Kill A Mocking Bird, and/or The Pearl.


Semester 1 Novels:

Semester 2 Novels:

April-Every Drop of Blood, James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier



(Additional textbooks and novels may be implemented on an as need basis)


Grading Policy


Assignments are given point totals. Points are earned for tasks performed both in- and outside of class, including points earned for homework, participation, projects, quizzes, tests, and writing assignments. A cumulative average will be figured on a standard percentile and A through F grading scale.

Make-Up Work Policy


All assignments are expected to be completed prior to class by the due date and should reflect one’s best work. Unexcused late work will not be accepted. Excused late work (work missed due to an excused absence) will be accepted provided it is turned within the amount of days that you were absent.


It is the student’s responsibility to check for assignments after being absent. Students are encouraged to contact their teacher (either in person or via email) as soon as possible if they know they will be missing days. Students may also consult the classroom assignment calendar or a study partner for work missed—so students should get someone’s phone number in the class. Assignments which are missed due to excused absences may be submitted for full value up to the number of days missed (one extra day for each day missed).


Unless otherwise noted, all work is to be completed in blue or black ink. Word processing is highly recommended for longer writing assignments.


Assignment Headings


Unless otherwise noted, all assignments are to have an identification heading in the upper left hand corner of the page, as follows:





The assignment name will be written, centered, below this heading and above the first line of the page. Papers without names on them will not be graded.


Student Expectations in Hollywood


As part of Mrs. Manuel’s classroom, students should expect to work daily and to be prepared, respectful, and responsible.

  1. Be Prepared
  2. Arrive on time
  3. Bring materials
  4. Complete homework on time
  5. Be Respectful
  6. Use appropriate language
  7. Interact with others in a peaceful manner
  8. Be Responsible
  9. Follow directions
  10. Ask for help when needed
  11. Put effort into work


Students Laws in Hollywood  are expected to be followed every day:


        1.   Follow directions the first time they are given.

        2. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

        3. Respect the people, equipment, and furnishings of your classroom.

        4. Complete all assignments.

        5. Do your own work.


Additionally, students are forbidden from bringing electronic devices to class, and they MUST leave cell phones in their lockers. Cell phones and electronics will be confiscated if brought into the classroom. TEACHER will always notify students if they need electronic device and students will sign a contract on electronic usage day. The contract will state that the phone is only permitted during that specific hour and for academic purposes of the lesson only.



Links- Soon Coming

- Assignments

-Project Rubrics


-MLA Formatting

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