Welcome to DeSana 8th Grade ELA!Jeanne Ortiz: JOrtiz@forsyth.k12.ga.us, ext.492216Kris Wehner: KWehner@forsyth.k12.ga.us, ext. 492245Jordan Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 492240Danielle Kilgore: Dkilgore@forsyth.k12.ga.us,ext. 492204Stacey Pelletier (ESOL): email@example.com, ext. 491101Learning Goals:
All students in grade 8 continue to build their English/Language Arts skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. These abilities are developed within the context of literature units that align with current Georgia Standards of Excellence. In 8th grade, the literature units include The Outsiders and To Kill A Mockingbird. Each novel is supplemented with extended texts including short stories, poetry and non-fiction texts such as news articles and essays. Students practice the conventions of language (grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc.) through targeted practice and required writing assignments. Varied writing assignments include narrative writing, argument essays, response to reading, and technical writing. Reading comprehension skills, such as questioning the text and other strategies, are explained and practiced. Students practice speaking and listening skills through formal speeches, conversations, individual and group presentations, and small and large group discussions.