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English 8 Part 2
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
English 8 Part 2 will build upon concepts covered in English 8 Part 1 while exploring new information.This course is comprised of different genres of literature, grammar, writing, and vocabulary. The major topics of this course include elements of nonfiction, reading for life (and real world documents), theme, elements of drama, and research. The focus is on building reading skills and understanding what is read. Students will learn reading strategies appropriate to the different genres of literature and apply these strategies to the readings. Basic skills are emphasized in the context of literary pieces and are reinforced with practice and essay writing. Added to Part 2 is a research project that introduces students to the concepts of quality research, citations, and formal writing.
It is recommended that students successfully complete English 8 Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Demonstrate recognition of nonfiction genres, nonfiction elements, and qualities of nonfiction.
  • Use a graphic organizer to analyze and compare two kinds of historical nonfiction.
  • Create a three-point thesis for submission.
  • Evaluate audience and purpose.
  • Develop support for your position.
  • Appeal to reason and emotion when writing.
  • Organize, draft, and revise a five-paragraph persuasive essay. 

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Apply appropriate strategies for reading informational documents: previewing, skimming, and scanning a selection in the textbook.
  • Demonstrate understanding of business letters by creating a formal business letter.
  • Recognize themes and recurring or universal themes in literature.
  • Write definitions for vocabulary terms.
  • Use a graphic organizer to compare themes across genres while reading four selections.
  • Utilize academic vocabulary.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify plagiarism and describe how it relates to research papers.
  • Choose a topic for a research paper and appropriately narrow its focus.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify reliable resources for research by completing an assessment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to differentiate between independent ideas, direct quotes, paraphrased information, and summarized information.  
  • Create an MLA-style outline based on research notes.
  • Properly use MLA-style citation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the framework and organization of the research paper.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify and analyze cause-and-effect organization.
  • Identify and analyze comparison-contrast organization: block method and point-by-point method.
  • Recognize elements of drama, including dramatic structure, dialogue, and stage directions.
  • Analyze elements of drama while reading the play, The Diary of Anne Frank.
  • Track structure and organization in nonfiction texts through the use of a graphic organizer.
  • Review structural patterns in nonfiction such as chronological order, order of importance, and logical order.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of the events of the 1940s by researching and completing an informational magazine.

Course Materials

  • Holt Elements of Literature (textbook)

*Available as an iText course