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Pre-AP English 8



Eighth grade is the transition year between middle school and high school, the time when students face a giant step across the threshold to adulthood. With two years of literature and language studies grounded in Pre-AP* strategies behind them, eighth graders have the background to write more fluently and with more complexity, to read longer and more complicated texts, to use and detect in texts more sophisticated grammatical structures, and to analyze a text for more than one element of style (tone, diction, imagery, detail, point of view, syntax).

Eighth grade English language arts offers a challenge to students to rise above the accepted level of expectation, grasping new literary concepts, changing writing and reading strategies, and manipulating grammar and syntax for rhetorical purposes. Students will learn skills they need to become expert readers and writers and will craft analyses, write observations in dialectical journals, and construct essays that will reflect their increasing insight into life and literature.