One focus for the year in Language Arts is descriptive writing. As part of the eighth grade curriculum, all students are required to take the state writing assessment focusing on descriptive writing. To help prepare for this assessment, students take a variety of practice writing assessments including two district wide assessments.
Besides writing, we also focus extensively on reading skills. Students are required to read two in-class novels each quarter and complete a variety of projects based on these novels.
Also students are expected to be reading novels of their own choosing outside of class. Finally we also work on grammar. Students have a textbook and a workbook in which to complete their grammar homework.