Welcome to ELA Grade 8


Grade 8 (2018-2019)

English Language Arts (ELA) consists of six skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing.

Listening & Speaking – students can explore ideas and concepts; they learn to understand and organize their knowledge and experiences; they use language to solve problems and reach goals.

Reading & Writing – students can access a wide variety of ideas, views and experiences; they learn to develop thoughtful interpretation of texts and media; they are able to shape and clarify their thoughts and to communicate them to others.

Viewing & Representing – students can understand the ways in which images and language may be used to convey ideas, values and beliefs; they recognize, analyze, and respond to ways in which media texts reconstruct reality and influence their perceptions of themselves and others.

ELA General Outcomes

  1. Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences
  2. Comprehend and respond personally and critically to oral and written literature, and media texts
  3. Manage ideas and information
  4. Enhance the clarity and artistry of communication
  5. Celebrate and to build community

Course Outline

  • There will be four units of study this year that will each utilize and scaffold the skills needed as the course progresses. The four units are:
  1. Short Stories/Class Novel Unit
  2. Poetry Unit
  3. Shakespeare Unit
  4. Media Unit
  • Students will also be doing an Independent Novel Study. Students will select a novel from a pre-determined list and complete activities during the course of reading the novel and then a final presentation about the novel.
  • This year students will be reading, analyzing and responding to a selection of set texts in class. They will demonstrate their comprehension through a range of assignments such as formal essays; critical thinking and problem-solving questions; reflective discussions and responses to those discussions; drama and role-plays; group work; and peer editing.


  • Student work will be shown through a wide variety of media which may include:
    • Journals, short stories and poems
    • Essays, web based and inquiry based projects
    • Comprehension questions and critical thinking reflections
    • Visual media
    • Drama and social skills activities


Assignments                                                    30%

Classwork                                                        20%

Quizzes/Tests                                                   20%

Mid-Term                                                        10%

Final Exam                                                      20%


  1. Students are expected to be on time for class and prepared to work every day with paper and pens/pencils and the proper textbook.
  2. Homework needs to be completed on time this includes reading and writing work.
  3. All assignments must be handed in on time.
  4. Students must respect their peers, teachers and themselves at all times.
  5. Cells phones and other technological devices are not allowed without teacher permission according to the school’s Tech Policy.
  6. Gum, candy, chips, pop and other restricted food items are prohibited.
  7. Plagiarism and bullying will not be tolerated.

Late Policies

  1. Late assignments may receive up to a 10% reduction on the first day the assignment is late.
  2. Late assignments may receive up to a 30% reduction on the second day the assignment is late.

Class Information

For updated information and specific outlines for each week please refer to the ecorner. What is on the ecorner is meant to supplement and support daily classroom learning and students are expected to take notes every day in class. If students miss a class, it is their responsibility to get complete notes from a classmate. If you have any questions or want further information, please do not hesitate to contact me through email or through the school to set up an appoin