Grade 8 Gifted Language Arts Syllabus - Grade 8
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This is a differentiated Language Arts course for students with a Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP). Although all gifted students may not be gifted in the area of Language Arts, research shows that gifted students benefit from learning together (Brulles, et al. 2010; Kulik, 2003; Rogers, 2002), and students identified as having high ability better understand and accept their learning differences when there are others in the class who share similar traits (Delisle & Galbraith, 2002). Learning together on a daily basis can encourage these students to pursue in-depth study of their interests.
This course focuses on multiple aspects of studying the English language and encourages
students to develop a voice in both written and oral communication. The students read various novels, poems, short stories, and dramas throughout the year. As well as comprehension, the students learn critical thinking skills and literary analysis. Based on the six Write Traits, students develop as writers by studying grammar, producing essays, stories, poems, and other writing assignments. Another main area of the course is vocabulary, particularly how to utilize new words in written and verbal contexts as well as preparation for the SAT.
7. Short Stories
9. Public Speaking
Required Textbooks and/or Other Reading/Research Materials
Animal Farm by George Orwell.
Anthem by Ayn Rand.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Impact Short Stories
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee.
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.
Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Word Masters Vocabulary Challenge
Students are expected to come to class prepared with all necessary materials and complete all assignments on time. If a student is absent, it is the student's responsibility to see make up missed work. Please refer to the policies in the student handbook for additional information.
Grades will be based on homework, quizzes, tests, projects, essays, participation, and writing responses.
Each marking period is worth 20% of a student’s overall grade. The midterm and final exam are each worth 10% of a student’s overall average:
Quarter 1 20%
Quarter 2 20%
Quarter 3 20%
Quarter 4 20%
All homework assignments are worth 5 points.
If homework is not turned in on the day it is assigned, it will be marked as 0 pts.
You have 2 days from the due date of the assignment to turn in the homework for half credit 2.5 points.
On projects, one pagers, writing assignments, and other assignments that are graded by a rubric, 2 points will be deducted for each day the assignment is late.
It is the student’s responsibility to find out what assignments he/she missed. Check the website daily and email me with questions. (firstname.lastname@example.org)