Writing 8 B

What skills do I need to develop to be prepared to construct effective sentences, paragraphs, and thesis-driven essays?

Why Take This Course?

Spelling the 100 most commonly misspelled words won't be a problem for students in Writing 8 B.

Spelling the 100 most commonly misspelled words won’t be a problem for students in Writing 8 B.

In 8th grade writing, we lay the foundation for the advanced essay writing that will be required in high school and college. We begin with grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and then build up to sentence structure. Once we can construct effective sentences, we develop the skill of writing compelling paragraphs. When we have mastered sentence and paragraph construction, we’re ready to try our hand at three and five-paragraph essays.

Course Framework

Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
What strategies will help me write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence? How can I use the analysis genre to analyze content through writing?
How do I conduct academic-level research that provides me with credible sources?
Can I demonstrate mastery of the punctuation, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary content covered in this course?
How can I construct a five paragraph essay including:

  • Thesis statement/introduction paragraph
  • Three body paragraphs
  • Final clincher/conclusion paragraph
How can I construct a five paragraph analysis essay including:

  • Thesis statement/introduction paragraph
  • Three body paragraphs
  • Final clincher/conclusion paragraph
How can I construct a five paragraph essay including:

  • Thesis statement/introduction paragraph
  • Three body paragraphs
  • Final clincher/conclusion paragraph
Can I correctly spell all SAT words?
What writing process (inquiry, drafting, revising, and publishing) strategies help me with persuasive writing?
What does effective analysis writing look like? What common techniques or strategies can I glean from experienced writers and apply in my own composition?
What is a reliable source? How do I use the internet and other print materials to conduct research?
Can I demonstrate my knowledge of punctuation, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary through competition with my peers?
How do I develop body paragraphs with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information?
What is the difference between summary and analysis? How do I find a proper balance between the two?
How do I take proper notes and use them in my writing without plagiarizing?
What does an effective oral presentation look like and when is it appropriate to apply these strategies to my own work?
What conventions, spelling, and vocabulary knowledge can I apply in my writing?What conventions, spelling, and vocabulary knowledge can I apply in my writing?What conventions, spelling, and vocabulary knowledge can I apply in my writing?
What conventions, spelling, and vocabulary knowledge can I apply in my writing?
How can my use of words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarity among my claims, counterclaims, reasons, and evidence improve the validity of my argument?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase


AuthorTitle
McLendon, LisaThe Perfect English Grammar Workbook

Details

  • Recommended Grade: 8th
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: 4
  • Format: Live
  • Credits: 0.5
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