COURSE TITLE: PREREQUISITE: DESCRIPTION:

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COURSE TITLE:
Honors English – Grade 8
PREREQUISITE:
DESCRIPTION:
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The Grade 8 Honors English curriculum is an extension of the academic
program. Instruction at the honors level emphasizes the appreciation and analysis
of challenging literature; refined, articulate, and astute communications; and
activities requiring high levels of critical and creative thinking.
The Grade 8 Honors English curriculum is an integrated program of reading and
writing skills, activities, and applications designed to develop clear and effective
written and oral communication, a life-long appreciation of literature, and those
skills necessary to incorporate electronic technology into the research and writing
process. Specific goals include helping students 1) improve critical thinking
skills; 2) develop a literary background; 3) read challenging literature; 4) learn
grammar, usage, spelling and mechanics through the writing process, 5) develop
skills in the use of electronic technology; and 6) develop oral communication
skills through individual, small group, and large group learning experiences.
MAIN TOPICS:
STRAND
Writing
Research
Literature/Reading
Oral Language
Vocabulary
The items listed below outline the required topics for this level. All teachers
reinforce the requirements from previous years and, depending on the needs of
individual students, may extend instruction beyond the required
curriculum. Teachers incorporate activities to review and practice the skills
tested on the Grade 8 SOL writing and reading tests.
MAIN EMPHASES
Review grammar and mechanics as necessary. Edit for correct
spelling, capitalization and punctuation. Use the writing process and a
variety of writing experiences to create style, tone, sentence variety,
organization, unity, elaboration. Write to a specific purpose including
writing for the work place; use descriptive, narrative, and expository
styles; select appropriate vocabulary.
Probe, narrow research topics; avoid plagiarism; practice note-taking
skills; paraphrase; explore and utilize print and non-print references;
practice Internet safety; create a works cited page; generate research
reports
Survey/analyze a variety of genres of literature including biography,
poetry, novel, short story; study literary elements, poetic devices,
persuasive, and expository essays
Demonstrate oral communication skills through performances,
presentations, reports, readers’ theater, drama, and various other
formal and informal oral activities. Explore mass media messages,
persuasive techniques in mass media, intent, and factual
content. Incorporate interview techniques, note taking, and use of
electronic databases into written and oral presentations.
Continue exploration of Latin and Greek word elements including
prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Participate in word study through
literature.
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