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8th Grade Language Arts Curriculum

Finding an eighth grade language arts curriculum that covers all the necessary concepts is essential. For instance, your child should be focused on boosting their writing, grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, and reading skills during the year.

The following information will give you a better idea of what your child should be learning in 8th grade language arts as well as what Let’s Read English’s 8th grade curriculum offers you and your children for language arts.

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What Language Arts Concepts Should an 8th Grader Know

In 8th grade, students should be able to perform numerous language arts activities such as:

  • Vocabulary skills including identifying and determining the meaning of synonyms, antonyms, idioms, homophones and Latin and Greek roots.
  • Comprehension skills including summarizing, paraphrasing, or synthesizing information from two or more literary or expository texts.
  • Identifying vocabulary words in a text and giving its meaning.
  • Understanding main ideas, comparing and contrasting ideas and information, cause and effect, symbolism, making inferences, mood, tone, and point of view, in a story.
  • Applying their writing skills on activities such as composing their own cover letters, poems, biography, position papers, and more.
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The ideal eighth grade language arts curriculum should ensure mastery of these concepts and skills as your student progresses eighth grade language arts.

Learn more about Let’s Read English’s eighth grade language arts curriculum by checking out the 8th grade language arts scope and sequence and the 8th grade language arts lesson plans.

Reading Goals/Objectives for 8th grade

The ideal language arts curriculum for eighth grade will improve your child’s reading comprehension by exposing them to more complicated stories, poems, vocabulary words, concepts and activities.

Reading goals and objectives for 8th graders should include:

  • Mastering complex reading passages
  • Comprehending and using figurative language
  • Offering an objective summary of more complicated texts
  • Interpret text from different formats.
  • Using critical thinking skills to separate truth from error
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Get more detailed information on our eighth grade reading comprehension curriculum.

Writing Goals/Objectives for 8th grade

Eighth graders will be expected to create original works, including poems, autobiography/biography, cover letters, informational reports, short stories, and more. Writing goals and objectives for eighth grade include:

  • Using the writing process to take compositions from prewriting and planning through revision.
  • Using technology-aided tools such as graphic organizers to help them with prewriting and planning.
  • Developing a topic with simple facts, details, examples and explanations.
  • Relating a clear, coherent incident, event or situation by using well-chosen details through various writing activities.
  • Showing a command of English grammar during all writing activities.

Grammar Goals/Objectives for 8th Grade

An eighth grade language arts curriculum should focus on combining grammar skills with writing skills. For example, when students are writing various assignments they will be expected to use proper grammar, such as maintaining consistent verb tense, throughout the writing process.

Additional grammar goals and objectives for eighth grade language arts include:

  • Maintaining subject-verb agreement
  • Using quotation marks correctly in dialogue
  • Using punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break.
  • Forming and using verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood.
  • Correctly use capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
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Why Choose Let's Read English's Eighth Grade Language Arts Homeschool Curriculum

Our curriculum constitutes a solid eighth grade language arts program correlated to state standards, which many homeschool parents use as their entire curriculum. Non-homeschoolers utilize the lessons for extra practice, as an after school and even summer enrichment program. It’s versatility and flexibility make it a perfect choice for stay-at-home parents, working parents, or anything in between.

Students love the computer-based learning style, while parents love that the administrative part is taken care for them.

As a Full CurriculumAs a Supplement
  • A comprehensive program designed to build strong literacy skills that meet the necessary requirements at the eighth grade level.
  • Parents love the additional tools that make the administration side of homeschooling stress-free.
  • Geared toward reaching the necessary goals and objectives in reading, writing, grammar, comprehension, and vocabulary.
  • An automated grading system that tracks progress and keeps reports for homeschool portfolio usage.
  • The ability to access resources such as printable lesson plans, homeschool teaching tools, detailed reporting, activity scheduling and parental support.
  • Lesson videos with closed-captioning are an added benefit especially for students with special needs.
  • Meets national standards for 8th graders.
  • Access to material one level above and one below the eighth grade level for review and additional skill building.
  • Multimedia-based lessons and activities that keep students engaged as they learn and retain information in reading, writing, and grammar.
  • Our program combines animated lessons, instructional videos, and quizzes, which makes learning language arts skills entertaining and interesting.
  • 24/7 access, so students can start learning at any time, day or night, perfect for after school or summer use.
  • Ensures students gain adequate exposure to a wide range of texts and read increasingly complex texts.
  • Our materials correlate to state and national standards.