M/J Language Arts 3 – Grade 8

Credits: 1
Estimated Completion Time: 2 segments/32-36 weeks
Earliest Start Date: November 2018


Recommended for 8th grade


Maybe change would not be hard if we knew where it was all going. This course is not about telling fortunes, but it is about seeing how people and ideas have changed. It is also about discovering which ideas have lasting value for each student.

Books, poems, and songs are filled with stories about people discovering the world around them and the world inside them. Authors share their reflections about how people respond to changes and challenges. In this course, students encounter the many faces of change. They are also challenged to define and describe their own place in a changing world.

The purpose of this course is to give students the tools to understand and express who they are and where they want to go. By the end of the course, each student’s portfolio of writings will provide a descriptive self-portrait of a young adult growing up.

Access the site links below to view the standards from the Florida Department of Education:

Regular course description: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13166

Advanced course description: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13167

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment 1

Reading Comprehension/Informational & Expository Writing/Narrative Writing

  • Text connections
  • Identifying theme
  • Moving a story forward
  • How theme develops
  • Comparing and contrasting mediums
  • Using context clues
  • Thesaurus and dictionary skills
  • Implicit and explicit meaning
  • Finding the main idea
  • Writing an effective summary
  • Assess internet sources
  • Why writers choose words
  • Reading informational texts
  • Researching and organizing information
  • Avoiding plagiarism/citing sources
  • Writing an introduction
  • Connecting and supporting ideas
  • Syntax and voice
  • Writing a conclusion
  • Revising writing
  • Using formal language in writing
  • Recognizing point of view
  • Identifying the narrator
  • Planning narrative writing
  • Beginning a narrative
  • Writing dialogue
  • Writing the body of a narrative
  • Using commas
  • Temporal transitions
  • Identifying and using verbals

Segment 1 Advanced

Novel Study

  • Historical context
  • Analyzing style
  • Writing in a different genre

Segment 2

Reading Comprehension/Argumentative Writing

  • Structure of a text
  • Writing an effective summary
  • Identifying conflicting points of view
  • Using supporting evidence
  • Using correct spelling
  • Capitalization rules
  • Presenting information in different mediums
  • Evaluating modes of communication
  • Analyzing theme
  • Greek and Latin roots and affixes
  • Figurative language
  • How words affect meaning and tone
  • Syntax and diction
  • American rights in Civic expression
  • Interpreting implicit and explicit ideas
  • Identifying irony and puns
  • Poetic elements
  • Types of literary conflict
  • Point of view
  • Analyzing plot pattern
  • Interpreting symbolism
  • Using and correcting types of verb moods
  • Making a movie pitch
  • Argumentation vs. persuasion
  • Identifying multiple perspectives on an issue
  • Finding credible sources
  • Knowing your audience
  • Making a claim
  • Writing an effective introduction
  • Using quotations
  • Supporting your claim
  • Acknowledging counter-claims
  • Writing effective transitions
  • Preparing a rebuttal
  • Concluding an argument
  • Maintaining a formal style
  • Revising and editing

Segment 2 Advanced

  • Analyzing poem structure
  • Effect of poem structure on meaning
  • Diction and poetic devices
  • How authors create meaning and tone

Required Materials

All students select ONE novel below:

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

The Outsiders by SE Hinton

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein

Course Grading

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, the course guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, oral assessments, and discussions. This course will use the state-approved grading scale. Each course contains a mandatory final exam or culminating project that will be weighted at 20% of the student’s overall grade.***

***Proctored exams can be requested by FLVS at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. When taking the exam to assess a student’s integrity, the exam must be passed with at least a 59.5% in order to earn credit for the course.

Communication Policy

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers; the minimum requirement is monthly. When teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

November 22 @ 01:40
01:40 — 02:40 (1h)


Geri Gates, Jacob Denbrook, Randell Embertson