Grade 8 Language

This course consolidates student’s language knowledge, skills, and strategies and their ability to use them independently. Students will create increasingly complex oral, print, and media texts. Non-fiction texts are closely inspected in this course, as well as traditional poetry and key concepts in popular culture. The final unit consolidates skills in reading comprehension and writing to ensure students have a greater level of independence as language users before entering high school.

Course Code: LAN8
Curriculum Policy Document: Language, Grades 1 – 8, 2006 Revised
Department: Intermediate
Course Developer: Virtual Elementary School
Development Date: 2012

Poetry

The first unit of the course will examine various types of traditional poetry and encouarge the student to be creative. Presentation skills are reviewed with respect to reading out loud to a specific audience. Finally, a checkup of writing descriptively is explored as students develop their skillset for this course.

Pop Culture

Students examine some key concepts in popular culture including consumerism, trends, marketing and advertising. They will apply and communicate their own product review after developing a new item with an advertising campaign with the knowledge and understanding they have gained. They will explore the writing tools irony and satire and apply them to a comic writing assignment.

Short Stories

The elements of short stories will be reviewed as well as the most common forms of this traditional literary form. Passive and active listening are considered and reflected upon. Presentation skills are revisited in preparation for the large oral assignment in the next unit. A full short story is written using the whole writing process including story mapping, rough draft, editing, revision and final draft.

Heroes

Non-fiction as a form is closely inspected as well as the various criteria that define it. Students will be exposed to the types of non-fiction elements they may find in the world around them in the content of the unit itself. Various types of heroes are examined and reflected on. Writing a formal speech and presenting it to the teacher form the final major oral assignment.

Fantasy or Teen Angst

Students have a choice in the final unit of the course, which consolidates the skills in reading comprehension that students have been exposed to since the first unit. After having another look at the elements of fantasy or a first look at the elements of teen angst, novel studies assess the learning skills the student has fostered over the previous months. Continued exposure to writing tools such as analogy, symbolism and metaphor allow the student to establish themself as a student ready to enter the secondary school language program.

The Final Grade

The evaluation of the student’s achievement in this course is based on the student’s achievement of the curriculum expectations. The percentage grade represents the student’s overall achievement and reflects the corresponding level of achievement as described in the Achievement chart for this discipline. The final grade for this course is calculated based on each of the five units (20% each) which are broken down into differentiated summative assignments.There are no tests so to speak, but rather assignments that assess an understanding of the expectations as outlined in the units above.