Eighth Grade Language Arts

Eighth Grade Language Arts Syllabus


Instructor: Betsy Gottschalk



Houghton Mifflin English

Jensen’s Vocabulary Frode Jensen

Daily Oral Language Plus McDougal, Little



Modern Language Association Handbook

Write Source 2000 

Random House Dictionary


Writing: 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, and 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.


Vocabulary: 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 standard English grammar and editing each day.


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


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 then two weeks before the end of the semester.