Eighth Grade Language Arts

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Moving Beyond The Page

The Moving Beyond the Page Age 12-14 level is the second and final level in our middle school homeschool curriculum. When your child finishes this level, he will prepare to excel in high school science, social studies, and English. In science, he will receive one semester of Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. In social studies, he will have an appreciation for the course of human civilization for every corner of the globe as well as an understanding of American History and Government. The language arts program is a great precursor to high school English as students will do in-depth literature studies and rigorous writing assignments while continuing to improve grammar knowledge and application. When your homeschooler finishes our middle school curriculum, he will be well prepared for high school.

The Age 12-14 level of curriculum is the second year of middle school homeschool curriculum. In this level, students take responsibility for formulating their own ideas and directing their day. All units are student directed. The primary lesson plans are written for your child to read and follow. As a parent, you will still be actively involved. We provide parent overviews of each lesson that include descriptions of the activities and answer keys for you. There are still many activities and opportunities for you to work with your child.  Learn More

Comes With: Each Concept comes with a variety of  Literature, Manipulatives, a Teachers Manual and Student Activity book.

Notes: Moving Beyond The Page is a literature based curriculum.  It does become overwhelming with so many activities.  Our favorite way to use it is to pick and choose between activities and not become bogged down by doing all of them.  Placement Test

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Shurley English

This Grade 8 textbook covers parts of speech, three-point expository paragraph writing, special cases of subject/verb agreement, first person narratives, subordinate conjunctions, pronouns cases, writing a research report, participles, gerunds, infinitives, compound-complex sentences, writing a resume, and more.

This book is designed to be used with the Teacher’s Manual and Jingle CD

Daily Mind Builders

This 136-page book is comprised of intriguing activity pages to wake up sleepy brains for the day’s lessons.  Each activity page takes about 5-15-minutes to solve and develops the most important reading comprehension skill found on all standardized reading tests. Synthesizing disparate information and using the result to produce a reasonable conclusion is an essential skill assessed on standardized reading tests. This comprehension skill usually determines a student’s reading score–and every Daily Mind Builders™: Language Arts activity develops this skill.

Soaring with Spelling

Each lesson within the Level 8 spelling and vocabulary program contains 20 list words. List words are much more difficult than those used in prior levels.  This level is difficult enough for eighth grade to high school students. Lessons contain games such as pronunciation of words,  proofreading,  deciphering puzzles,  word jumbles,  crossword puzzles, word search, definition matching,  unscrambling words, identifying misspelled list words in a paragraph or sentence,  alphabetizing word groups,  and complete the sentences. These exercises are more difficult than those in previous levels. Learn More

All About Spelling

Students should complete All About Spelling Level 6 before starting Level 7. All About Spelling is a building block program: each level builds upon the previous one. In order to build a strong foundation, most students start with Level 1.  Learn More

Spelling Workout

Help your students improve their spelling in developmental stages, moving gradually from simple sound-letter relationships to more complex word-structure patterns. This teacher’s edition provides a 3-day or 5-day plan; activities for reinforcing spelling patterns; dictation sentences for a pre-test and final test; bonus words; review lessons; tips for ESL learners; a writer’s corner; and take-it-home masters. The scope & sequence follows MCP’s “Plaid Phonics.” Objectives state the goal of each lesson. Softcover. Level H, Grade 8. Learn More

Four Square Writing

Teach writing skills using this innovative new approach. The Four Square method can be used with all forms of writing and will fit any reading or language arts program. This step-by-step approach is built around a simple graphic organizer that first shows students how to collect ideas and then helps them use those ideas to create clear and polished prose. Open-ended reproducibles make the technique accessible to writers of all ability ranges. Learn More

Winning with Writing

This level covers direct, indirect quotations,  divided quotations, dialogue, the writing process, thesis statements,  transitional sentences, documenting sources, bibliography, creative writing, personal  narrative, descriptive writing, persuasive writing, explanatory writing, informational essay, autobiographical essay, cause, and effect essay, compare and contrast essay, and research report, among other things. Learn More

IEW Writing

Grades 6-8 Recorded live with Mr. Andrew Pudewa, this four-DVD writing course for middle school students new to IEW lays a solid foundation of writing skills. Over the course of 15–30 weeks, students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in their compositions, as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics. Included with the student handouts are complete teacher’s notes, source texts, assignments, and checklists. Learn More

Comes with: Student Notebook and Instructional DVDs.

Growing with Grammar

Descriptive adjectives, limiting adjectives, adjectives and commas, comparison with adjectives, predicate adjectives, diagramming predicate adjectives, appositive adjectives and proper adjectives, diagramming adverbs that modify adjectives and other adverbs, comparison with adverbs, using negatives correctly,  prepositional  phrases used as adjectives, prepositional phrases used as adverbs, diagramming prepositional phrases used as adjectives and adverbs, preposition or adverb,phrases and clauses between a subject and a verb, troublesome verb pairs, conjunctive adverbs, diagramming adverb clauses, adverb clauses, noun clauses, compound-complex sentences, participles and participial phrases, diagramming participles and participial phrases, gerunds and gerund phrases, diagramming gerund and gerund phrases,  diagramming infinitives and infinitive phrases. Learn More

Digging into Diagramming

It has been determined that many students find it easier to understand the mechanics of grammar by focusing on diagramming sentences while learning basic grammar concepts.  There are 41 lessons in this sentence diagramming book.  Each lesson contains sentence diagramming instruction as well as sentence diagramming problems to be completed by the student.  The book starts with basic sentence diagramming and progresses through more difficult sentence diagramming concepts.  Learn More

Comes With: Workbook and Answer Key.

Editor in Chief

The Improves students’ grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and attention to detail using a standards-based thinking approach rather than drill and practice. This effective method teaches students to carefully analyze and edit stories. This book includes 16 lessons in grammar and mechanics. Students identify and circle errors in each story and write their correction. The grammatical and mechanical errors in the paragraphs are based on general instructional guidelines for specific grade levels; the content level, however, is ungraded, allowing usage of these materials at many instructional levels. Writing styles and content are varied to sustain interest and to broaden the students’ exposure to different writing formats, such as letters, stories, and dialogue. The illustrations integrated into the context of the activities further spark student interest. The skills developed can be applied to the students’ own writing. Detailed answers are also included. Learn More

Reading Detective RX

The standards-based critical thinking activities of Reading Detective® develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills students need for exceptional reading comprehension. The activities are especially effective at helping students understand more challenging reading concepts such as drawing inferences, making conclusions, determining cause-and-effect, and using context clues to define vocabulary.

Students read and analyze short literature passages and stories that include fiction and nonfiction genres. Then they answer multiple-choice and short-response questions, citing sentence evidence to support their answers.

The Grades 6–12+ remedial (Rx) level is organized into single-skill units with a concluding mixed-skills unit and provides an introductory lesson for each skill.

Rx activities are “prescriptive” to help under-performing students in Grades 6–12+ improve their comprehension skills. Reading level is Grades 4–6; story content is Grades 6+. Learn More

Word Roots

Students learn the meaning and spelling of roots, prefixes, and suffixes commonly used in English. Learning these word elements dramatically improves spelling and the ability to decode unfamiliar words. The activities focus on using these words in context to help students incorporate each word into their vocabulary and retain the correct spelling. There are periodic reviews to make sure students retain what is taught in the lessons. Word Roots books will add hundreds of words to your students’ vocabulary and greater depth to their thinking and writing. Learn More

Wordly Wise

A solid vocabulary is crucial for testing, writing, and the precise communication required by daily life.

Using a contextual approach, Wordly Wise 3000 students are taught to say unfamiliar words and identify any possible similarities to other words, use the word in context, break the word down into parts, and finally look it up. Three thousand carefully selected words taken from literature, textbooks, and SAT-prep books form the backbone of this vocabulary series. Each lesson begins with a Word List that includes pronunciations, parts of speech, and concise definitions, and uses each word in an interesting, contextual, sentence. Wordly Wise 3000, Book 8 is made up of 20 lessons with 15 words in each lesson.

In Book 8, vocabulary instruction focuses on preparing students with strategies to unlock the meaning of words they will encounter in content area texts, literature, and high-stakes tests. Comprehension of the vocabulary words is facilitated and reinforced through Greek and Latin word studies with an emphasis on prefixes, suffixes, parts of speech, synonyms, antonyms, and analogies.