Grade 8 Gifted Language Arts Syllabus - Grade 8

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     Course Description:

    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.

    Course Content:

    1. Grammar

    2. Vocabulary

    3. Writing

    4. Poetry

    5. Novels

    6. Dramas

    7. Short Stories

    8. Nonfiction/Research

    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

    Heath Grammar and Composition: Course 2. McDougal Littell, 1990.

    Impact Short Stories

    Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee.

    Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.

    Junior Great Books Roundtable Series: Level 3. Great Books Foundation, 2010.

    Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.

    Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Pro

    Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes.

    Study Island

    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


    Course Requirements:

    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.


    Grade Components/Assessments:

    Grades will be based on homework, quizzes, tests, projects, essays, participation, and writing responses.


    Each marking period is worth 20% of a students overall grade.  The midterm and final exam are each worth 10% of a students overall average:


    Quarter 1         20%

    Quarter 2         20%

    Midterm         10%

    Quarter 3         20%

    Quarter 4         20%

    Final               10%


    Homework Policy

    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. (