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Contents:

  • Section One: Developing Your Writing
  • Part One: Some Technical Aspects of Writing
  • Using a Thesaurus
  • Varying How Sentences Begin
  • Sentence Fragments and Run-On Sentences
  • Paragraphs
  • Who is Speaking? Point of View and Perspective
  • Part Two: Writing Exercises and Reports
  • Various Short Writing Exercises
  • Starting You Off
  • Writing a Fable
  • Reports
  • Oral Reports
  • Biography Reports
  • Section Two: Nuts & Bolts
  • Part One: Parts of Speech and Punctuation
  • A Bit of Review on Parts of Speech….
  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Prepositional Phrases
  • Choosing the Right Preposition
  • Comparative Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Negative Adverbs
  • Comparative Adverbs
  • When is it an Adverb and When an Adjective?
  • Punctuation
  • Parenthesis, Ellipses, Colons, Semi-colons and Dashes
  • Quotation Marks and Italics
  • Part Two: Similes, Metaphors, Spelling and Vocabulary
  • Improving Your Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Little Somewhat Random Spelling Notes
  • Section Three: Literature and Poetry
  • Part One: Literature
  • The Autobiography of Helen Keller
  • Be Free or Die: the Amazing Story of Robert Small’s Escape from
    Slavery to Union Hero, Cate Lineberry
  • Bowman’s Store: A Journey to Myself, Joe Bruchac
  • When My Name was Keiko, Linda Sue Park
  • Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay,
    William W. Warner
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • Part Two: Poetry
  • Shakespeare
  • Basho
  • Langston Hughes
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Poetry About America
  • Various Interesting Poems to Play With
  • Final Poetry Assignment

Eighth Grade Language Arts

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  • Extent: 262 pages, spiral bound
  • Product code: CHR0056

These materials represent a full year of language arts guidance and lessons. If you did not use a challenging and comprehensive language arts program in eighth grade, these materials can be used for a ninth grader.

The Teacher’s Guide is a required part of this language arts course as the Workbook cannot be used without it. While we includes full guidance, there is no answer key to the student Workbook. Very few of the student’s exercises or assignments have just one answer and therefore a key is not possible. The Teacher’s Guide includes discussion of how to approach this issue.

Christopherus middle grades language arts focuses on writing—on creating ‘templates’ for the student’s own composition through dictation, copying well written work and ‘collaborative writing’ with their teacher (homeschooling parent). Creative writing and the writing of reports by the student is an important part of this work. This will be taken to a deeper level than in seventh grade.

In creative writing the child learns to use the best words and descriptions to really express what she wants to say. She learns about voice and about the flow of a piece of writing. When writing reports a main goal is to help the student learn how to gather and use information from books—to learn to discern what he needs and does not need for his report. This lays strong foundations for the use of the internet for reports in high school.

As throughout the rest of the Christopherus curriculum, punctuation, grammar, spelling and vocabulary arise, for the most part, as active lessons within the context of the writing that is being done: these lessons therefore are not abstract, but flow from the student’s own writing. As in seventh grade, there are specific assignments, tests, and exercises devoted to the nuts and bolts of grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.

The student Workbook is written directly to the student and leads her through writing assignments, various writing exercises and writing instruction. There are also sections, as said above, on grammar, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation.

In eighth grade students continue to develop their skills in discussing and writing about literature. Full guidance is included in these materials for the novels we study this year: When My Name Was Keoko (Park); The Story of my Life–Helen Keller; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Smith); Fahrenheit 251 (Bradbury). We will also read Bowman’s Store (Bruchac); Be Free or Die (Lineberry) and Beautiful Swimmers (Warner). These books are not included and must be purchased or borrowed.

We will look at some poetry in depth (Hughes, Dickinson, Basho) and the students will take a first look at understanding (though not analyzing!) poetry. A ‘Poetry of America’ mini lesson ties in with one’s eighth grade American History main lesson. There are also lessons focused on Shakespeare, his poetry and plays.

Although some of the work the student will do in her student Workbook will be independent, this is not a self study course–the parent-teacher will need to be involved in the child’s work, discussing subjects, reading novels together and correcting work. The Teacher’s Guide gives full instructions on how to proceed and includes examples of real student writing and Donna’s commentary and corrections so a parent can gauge how to evaluate his own child’s work.

As Christopherus is a completely holistic curriculum, language arts appears in (and is the foundation of) most main lessons, including science lessons. Further specific language arts guidance will be found in those curriculum materials, but the main thrust of eighth grade language arts (its goals, how to teach and evaluate and so on) appear in these materials which represent a full year of language arts studies.

Please note that our videos on preparing for ninth grade will help parents create the most appropriate course of study for their eighth grader, talking the parent through considerations regarding whether the student will be going to Waldorf or public high school or continuing to homeschool. The second of these videos is devoted to language arts and, using real examples of student work, helps a parent understand how to evaluate her child’s written work.

Please note: Those of you outside the USA may need to consider whether these materials will work for you. While the sections on writing and literature will be of value to anyone, as English usage in countries such as the UK, Canada and Australia differs significantly from US English, the sections on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of language could require rather a lot of ‘translating’ to be of use. There are also sections in these materials focused specifically on the American History main lesson–in eighth grade one studies the history of one’s country so for you, outside the USA, this will be rather different.

Contents:

  • Section One: Developing Your Writing
  • Part One: Some Technical Aspects of Writing
  • Using a Thesaurus
  • Varying How Sentences Begin
  • Sentence Fragments and Run-On Sentences
  • Paragraphs
  • Who is Speaking? Point of View and Perspective
  • Part Two: Writing Exercises and Reports
  • Various Short Writing Exercises
  • Starting You Off
  • Writing a Fable
  • Reports
  • Oral Reports
  • Biography Reports
  • Section Two: Nuts & Bolts
  • Part One: Parts of Speech and Punctuation
  • A Bit of Review on Parts of Speech….
  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Prepositional Phrases
  • Choosing the Right Preposition
  • Comparative Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Negative Adverbs
  • Comparative Adverbs
  • When is it an Adverb and When an Adjective?
  • Punctuation
  • Parenthesis, Ellipses, Colons, Semi-colons and Dashes
  • Quotation Marks and Italics
  • Part Two: Similes, Metaphors, Spelling and Vocabulary
  • Improving Your Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Little Somewhat Random Spelling Notes
  • Section Three: Literature and Poetry
  • Part One: Literature
  • The Autobiography of Helen Keller
  • Be Free or Die: the Amazing Story of Robert Small’s Escape from
    Slavery to Union Hero, Cate Lineberry
  • Bowman’s Store: A Journey to Myself, Joe Bruchac
  • When My Name was Keiko, Linda Sue Park
  • Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay,
    William W. Warner
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • Part Two: Poetry
  • Shakespeare
  • Basho
  • Langston Hughes
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Poetry About America
  • Various Interesting Poems to Play With
  • Final Poetry Assignment

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