8th Grade Language Arts

8th Grade English/Language Arts


Students in 8th grade Language Arts will be engaging in the final unit: Examining Power.  We have begun our final unit of the year, which deals with issues of social justice in our country. Students will again be working in book clubs, this time to engage in courageous conversations around issues of race, gender, sexuality, disability, and several other important topics in society today. Because of the sensitive nature of some of these topics, we have already begun working with students Pacific Educational Group’s framework for courageous conversations on how to be present, speak their truth, experience and embrace discomfort, and expect non-closure.  We also wanted to give you ample notice about the book and film titles students may choose to engage with this quarter, so you can opt out on any titles that strongly conflict with your family’s values. This form is only necessary if you do not want your student reading one of the books or watching one of the films. As always, they will be encouraged to consider family values as they are deciding which books they would prefer to read. 

The unit will culminate in a call to action speech or open letter on a topic that is important to them to encourage them to engage in the world as young adults. These will be filmed, and I encourage you to ask your student about this as we approach June. The more dialogue that happens with their area of focus, the stronger their arguments will be!

If you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Students may be reading their own books outside of class in addition to the book club books.