8th Grade English



Kellie Adelgren  

Course Time:
This course is offered on Thursdays.

Course Pre-Requisites:


Course Texts:

  • Write Source (2009)
    Student Book Grade 8

       ISBN-   0669006459   -affordable used copies available on Amazon


  • Unabridged copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond,  by Elizabeth George Speare
    (not needed until 2nd semester)

       ISBN-  0547550294



Course Description:

This course will be a study of the various genres of literature-
short story, poetry, non-fiction, drama, and novel.

It will also cover a through review of grammar and basic writing skills,
with an emphasis on preparing the student for high school English classes.



Course Class Time:

  • 1/3  going over homework, quizzes and tests

  • 1/3  discussion of the pre-read literature assignments and note-taking

  • 1/3  reviewing the learned grammar concepts and introduction of new ones


Course Homework Requirements:

  • Every quarter I will provide the students with a detailed syllabus that includes
    homework assignments.

  • Homework will include reading the assigned literature selections and sometimes
    completing a summary activity, usually a graphic organizer or comprehension questions.

  • It will also include reading passages in their texts and doing exercises and writing  assignments to accompany it.

  • In quarters 2 - 4 they will be assigned a project that will go along with the literature material they are studying.

  • Time spent doing English will vary, depending upon how quickly the student reads.

       An average student might expect roughly 1 hour per school day (estimating four days 
       per week) for reading and completing written assignments.



  • 30%  homework

  • 30%  essays

  • 20%  quizzes

  • 20%  projects/quarter tests



Specific Requirements:

  • Internet access is required for this course.

  • Most of the literature (short stories, poems, and non-fiction) that the students will be
    reading will be provided as PDFs, so it is required that students have regular access
    to a computer. ​The selections may be printed out as well, but some of the stories are
    several pages long.


Course Supplies:

  • textbook

  • ​novel for second semester

  • 1-1.5” three-ring binder with 4 tabbed dividers  
    -labeled: notes, homework, quizzes/tests, writing

  • blue or black pens and pencils

  • colored pens and/or pencils (other than blue and black) for peer grading and editing

  • loose-leaf, lined paper

  • a dictionary and thesaurus are also suggested for home use, but will not be required in class


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