Available courses

ELA 8 Unit 1: Close Reading and Working with Evidence

Category: ELA 8
Major skills: Close reading and finding and evaluating evidence from the text.  Core reads: The Landlady, The Monkey's Paw, The Stranger, The Foghorn S&L – all standards CCSS Reading Literature Standards Emphasis: 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.6 CCSS Reading Informational Text Emphasis…

ELA 8 Unit 2: Understanding Text's Structures and Author's Craft

Category: ELA 8
Major Skills: Understanding the various structures of literary and informational texts, understanding author's point of view and how that influences a text's structure; understanding an author's use of craft; developing student's own craft and style Core reads: PILOT CCSS Reading Literature St…

ELA 8 Unit 3: Writer's Craft Meets Research

Category: ELA 8




Voice in writing, connections between history and our world and what we read in literature, literary memoir



  • Teacher: Cecilie Cappel
  • Teacher: Stuart Chaffee
  • Teacher: Emily Dykstra
  • Teacher: Linda Fredin
  • Teacher: Hanna Hermes
  • Teacher: Heidi Lambert
  • Teacher: Katherine Mills
  • Teacher: Melissa Minahan
  • Teacher: Ralph Moore
  • Teacher: Alicia Nygard
  • Teacher: Lisa Sofie

ELA 8 Unit 4: Inquiry (research) and Argument

Category: ELA 8
Major Skills: Understanding how to engage in short and longer-term inquiry and research activities. Understand how to embed evidence into explanatory and argumentative texts. Understand how to maintain appropriate styles and structures of text in writing.  Core reads: The Diary of An…

ELA 8 Unit 5: Poetry & Revision

Category: ELA 8

Analyzing and writing poetry, self-expression, revision techniques
  • Teacher: Cecilie Cappel
  • Teacher: Emily Dykstra
  • Teacher: Ben Everett
  • Teacher: Jeff Holloway
  • Teacher: Tina Kinnard
  • Teacher: Heidi Lambert
  • Teacher: Maddie Maloney
  • Teacher: Melissa Minahan
  • Teacher: Lew Widmann