In this course, we will focus on two essential goals: developing good writers and developing good readers in order to prepare students for high school! There is nothing more essential to success in any classroom than these 2 foundational goals.
For the first semester, we will study and practice how to communicate our thoughts in a clear, organized, meaningful and effective way. We will cover how to write various types of essays such as a character profile, a descriptive essay, an expository essay, an explanatory essay, a compare and contrast essay, a literary analysis essay and much more! We will have weekly writing assignments to practice what we are learning.
For second semester, we will turn our attention to literature as we read through several novels and short stories together. We will practice how to be an active reader and hone our comprehension skills. We will study such practices as finding an author’s purpose, the intended audience, the development and support of the main idea, the structure or coherence of the work, tone, voice, figurative language, foreshadowing, and many more literary devices.
My heart is to develop a love for reading in my students as they see how every story is simply a reflection of *the* greatest story ever told or written in God’s plan of redemption for all HIs children. In this Advanced English 8 course, we will be able cover more literature and dive more deeply into some of the essential concepts that make us effective writers and readers!