Grade 8 Language Arts

Mission for 8th Grade Language Arts:
This year in Language Arts, students will be building reading and writing skills through reading and reflecting on the reading done as a class and independently. The focus on writing will be on argument writing, especially with writing literary analysis. Student will also work on developing their research skills in each unit through their writing and projects. Students will work on vocabulary, grammar, and spelling skills on a weekly basis using the reading materials and writing lessons as references. The focus this year will be preparing students for high school, so we will be focusing on the skills that students will need to be successful in high school as readers and writers.  Below is an anticipated outline of the 8th grade Language Arts Curriculum for this year.

Unit Name

Core Literature



Analyzing Craft and Structure in Short Stories and Myths

Short stories that focus on literary devices such as irony and satire (stories by O’Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, and a variety of other authors).

Myths - study the structure of myths and how literary devices are used in myths

Literary Analysis

Review the rules of comma usage.

Verbals (Participles, Gerunds, and Infinitives)

Craft and Meaning in Poetry

Poetry by:

Emily Dickinson

Walt Whitman

Edgar Allan Poe

Literary Analysis

Argument Writing

Use punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break.

Use an ellipsis to indicate an omission.

Exploring Themes in Drama

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by, William Shakespeare

Literary Analysis

Informational Writing


Form and use verbs in the active and passive voice.

Form and use verbs to express mood.

Man’s Inhumanity to Man


by, Elie Wiesel

Narrative Craft

Literary Analysis

Using a variety of sentence structures (compound, complex, and compound-complex) to make writing more fluent.

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