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.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
recognition of nonfiction genres, nonfiction elements, and qualities of
a graphic organizer to analyze and compare two kinds of historical nonfiction.
a three-point thesis for submission.
audience and purpose.
support for your position.
to reason and emotion when writing.
draft, and revise a five-paragraph persuasive essay.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
appropriate strategies for reading informational documents: previewing,
skimming, and scanning a selection in the textbook.
understanding of business letters by creating a formal business letter.
themes and recurring or universal themes in literature.
definitions for vocabulary terms.
a graphic organizer to compare themes across genres while reading four
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills
plagiarism and describe how it relates to research papers.
a topic for a research paper and appropriately narrow its focus.
the ability to identify reliable resources for research by completing an
the ability to differentiate between independent ideas, direct quotes,
paraphrased information, and summarized information.
an MLA-style outline based on research notes.
use MLA-style citation.
an understanding of the framework and organization of the research paper.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills
and analyze cause-and-effect organization.
and analyze comparison-contrast organization: block method and
elements of drama, including dramatic structure, dialogue, and stage
elements of drama while reading the play, The Diary of Anne Frank.
structure and organization in nonfiction texts through the use of a
structural patterns in nonfiction such as chronological order, order of
importance, and logical order.
comprehension of the events of the 1940s by researching and completing an
Elements of Literature (textbook)
*Available as an iText course