8 Language Arts

8 Language Arts Course 2017-2018 *This class is closed*

Thursdays 8:30 – 10:30

Instructor:  Ingrid Stassi         ingridstassiatcpc@yahoo.com  or 281-240-9389

Tuition: $500 per year or 10 equal installments of $50

Supply Fee: $30 per year due at registration

*NOTE: Minimum number of students for this course to progress is 6.

Course Description: This course is Part 2 of a challenging, two-year complete course, spanning both middle grade years, giving a complete Middle School Language Arts survey of composition, grammar, and literature. The Shurley English Grammar Curriculum is used to teach advanced grammar skills. Grammar as it pertains to writing is also discussed and includes sentence structure, using prepositional phrases to add information to writing, writing different types of sentences to add interest and variety to writing, quotation rules, using appositives and more. Students continue their study of writing by using the concepts learned in Year 1 of formatting, writing and editing paragraphs to build upon their writing proficiency to include narratives, compare and contrast and descriptive writing. Creative writing exercises are used to enhance creative expression by creating their own narratives and learning the mechanics of dialog. Proper format of friendly and business letter styles will be learned. Students will complete an expository and persuasive essay which leads them into learning research paper writing skills and techniques. In order to write a research paper, students need to know the different resources available to them and how to use them, so these resources will be explained and implemented. A focus on literature helps students with reading comprehension, critical thinking, and literary analysis by learning how to read a novel using analytical techniques and expressing their conclusions in writing.  Homework includes reading fiction and non-fiction books throughout the year and practicing literary analysis skills through a variety of assignments, as well as weekly grammar and writing assignments. Tests are given to assess grammar and writing skills, literary concepts, and vocabulary.

Required Materials:
A composition notebook  to use as a journal.
Several Flashdrives
A box of envelopes

Shurley English Method Level 7 Softcover Student Textbook $16 (If you attended the 7/8 Language Arts Class in 2016-2017, you do not need to purchase this item)
Essentials in Writing Level 8 Workbook(Select the Additional Level 8 Workbook only) $32
*If a student joins the class without having taken Year 1, you will need to purchase a review packet for $5 directly from the instructor of the class. Review packets will be available in June.
The following literature is required (these are NOT listed in the order of need). Links are posted for Amazon.com, but you may use any resource to purchase these titles. Links are provided for books that must be purchased in a specific edition. The books listed without  a link may be purchased in any edition, except those that are edited, abridged, collections or annotated. Print copies are desirable, unless otherwise noted. Books purchased through the Amazon Smile program will benefit CPC.
Aesop’s Fables
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Complete Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tales
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism and Treachery by Steve Sheinkin
Coraline: A Graphic Novel by Neil Geiman (may be purchased as a Kindle book or print)