Eighth Grade Language Arts
Instructor: Betsy Gottschalk
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Houghton Mifflin English
Jensen’s Vocabulary Frode Jensen

Modern Language Association Handbook
Write Source 2000
Random House Dictionary


Eighth grade Language Arts students will write in a variety of forms and for a variety of purposes. We use the 6+1 Traits of Writing, include all parts of the writing process. During the eighth grade year we integrate writing into all core subject areas, including Social Studies, Religion, Literature, Science, and Math.

Six Trait + 1 Writing

  • Ideas, the main message;
  • Organization, the internal structure of the piece;
  • Voice, the personal tone and flavor of the author's message;
  • Word Choice, the vocabulary a writer chooses to convey meaning;
  • Sentence Fluency, the rhythm and flow of the language;
  • Conventions, the mechanical correctness; and
  • Presentation, how the writing actually looks on the page
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Eighth grade students will continue to learn vocabulary roots and affixes from Latin and Greek. Students will also focus on the specific vocabulary in each of their classes.

Grammar and editing

Eighth grade students study and use proper English grammar and editing each day.


Grading in Language Arts class is based on writing, tests, quizzes, and participation.

Extra Credit

Extra Credit is possible if all required work is completed and turned in. Please speak with me about extra credit options. Extra credit will be due no later than two weeks before the end of the semester.

Extra TIME

The student or parent may arrange for extra time for assignments for extenuating circumstances such as an illness.


Latin II Lesson 1 September 8, 2016
Latin II Lesson 2 September 22, 2016
Latin II Lesson 3 October 4, 2016
Latin II Lesson 4 October 20, 2016
Latin II Lesson 5 November 3, 2016
Latin II Lesson 6 November 17, 2016
Latin II Lesson 7 December 1, 2016
Latin II Lesson 8 December 15, 2016
Latin II Lesson 9 January 12, 2017
Latin II Lesson 10 January 26, 2017
Latin II Lesson 11 February 9, 2017
Latin II Lesson 12 February 23, 2017
Latin II Lesson 13 March 9, 2017
Latin II Lesson 14 March 23, 2017
Latin II Lesson 15 April 20, 2017
Latin II Lesson 16 May 3, 2017
Latin II Lesson 17 May 18, 2017
Latin II Lesson 18: June 1, 2017