Mrs. Shaw’s 7th & 8th Grade Language Arts

Seventh & Eighth Grade Language Arts

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Hi! I’m Kasey Shaw, and this is my fifth year teaching middle school language arts at Evangelical. I currently live in O’Fallon, IL with my husband, Joe, our two dogs, Oshie and Bailey, and our cat, Ollie. I graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in secondary education, and I am in the process of obtaining my Master’s Degree in literacy education from SIUE. I LOVE to read anything that I can get my hands on, and I hope to share that passion for reading and learning with my students!

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Seventh Grade Language Arts

Reading: Our literature book, Glencoe Literature, The Reader’s Choice, is organized into eight themes. Each theme includes a wide variety of genres including short stories, excerpts from novels, biographies, poetry, folktales, essays, and dramas. We focus on reading comprehension, visualization, prediction, and making inferences, as well as defining and identifying literary terms. In addition to the textbook, students also read novels including The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt and The Cay by Theodore Taylor.

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Writing: In seventh grade, the Elements of Language textbook is used. This book is excellent at preparing students for the skills needed at the high school level. Throughout this book, we will practice the writing process step-by-step and compose narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive writing. Creative writing will be encouraged, as well as the writing of poetry.

Eighth Grade Language Arts

Reading: We also use the Glencoe Literature series in eighth-grade language arts. We will be reading many stories such as The Ransom of Red Chief, Stop the Sun, and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. Before the eighth grade trip to Washington D.C., we will study two nonfiction texts: The Diary of Anne Frank and Lincoln: A Photobiography. The novels for this year will include The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.

Writing: Eighth-grade students will practice the writing process while composing narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive papers. There will be an emphasis on writing essays (particularly essay answers), and students will also practice letter writing.