• Welcome to Mr. Kent's 8th grade ELA class.  8th grade language arts is a concentrated study of the art of our language.  We will explore and enjoy all of the aspects of language arts such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  I am looking forward to a highly successfull year with all of my students.  My goal is to grow student understanding within all of the aspects of Language Arts, and to allow students to explore different types of literature, as well as different forms of writing.  This page will serve as the location for all of my weekly learning targets, which will allow students and parents to see what we are focusing on in class on a weekly basis.  I am looking forward to another great year at EMS, and welcome to 8th grade ELA!!!


    Weekly Learning Targets


    August 19th-August 23rd

    Monday- Whole group discussion over "The Treasure of Lemon Brown."  We will continue our 8 parts of speech lesson. Adjective and Adverb idenfication activity.  Introduction of subject and predicate.

    Tuesday- Daily Grammar Practice.  Subject and predicate small group activity.  We will continue with our PEG writing revisions on the argumentative writing prompt we started last week.  

    Wednesday- Daily Grammar Practice (8 parts of speech).  We will continue working on our argumentative writing prompt in the PEG writing platform.  Students will view the feedback from their 1st draft and we will discuss the feedback in a whole group discussion.  Students will then begin revisions and start their 2nd draft.

    Thursday- Daily Grammar Practice (8 parts of speech).  We will review the 8 parts of speech.  Students will continue working on their argumentative writing and submit their 2nd draft in the PEG writing platform.

    Friday- 8 parts of speech quiz.  Pre-reading activity for "The Cay."


    August 12th-August 16th

    Monday- Independent and Dependent clause review.  Students will be given time to finish their writing prompt from Friday.  After completion of the writing prompt we will begin our lesson over the 8 parts of speech with an emphasis on adjectives.  Daily Writing prompt:  If you are writing an advertisement for a brand new product, would you call it "new-fangled" or "cutting edge" to attract buyers.  

    Tuesday- Sentence types activity.  We will continue with our Parts of Speech lesson, and daily focus will be Adverbs.  Upon completion of the adverbs lesson the class will be introduced to the PEG writing platform, and we will introduce the PEG writing prompt for Wednesday.  As a whole group activity we will read and annotate the article tied to the writing prompt and students will complete a graphic organizer.

    Wednesday-  PEG writing prompt.  Students will construct a written response on the PEG writing platform and analyze feedback on their response.

    Thursday- RI Testing.  Upon completion of the RI test students will begin reading "The Treasue of Lemon Brown."

    Friday- Library orientation. The class will continue reading "The Treasure of Lemon Brown," and students will analyze the text within their small groups.