Language Arts

Eighth Grade Language Arts



Teacher:  Mrs. Martha Spain


Course Description:

The eighth grade Language Arts course consists of forty-five minute block period that meets five times a week.  The students will be reading novels, short stories, non-fiction, poetry, and drama.  They will strengthen their reading and reading comprehension skills through Sustained Silent Reading.  Students will work on their writing skills through summarizations, journals and writing five-paragraph essays.  This course also focuses on grammar and vocabulary.



Prentice Hall Literature:  Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes (Silver Level).  Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005.

Prentice Hall Writing and Grammar:  Communication in Action (Silver Level).  Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:  Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004.


Additional Readings:

Additional reading TBA

Mrs. Spain’s Classroom Supply List

General Supplies

·         Pocket folders for specials, as assigned by teacher (You will need one for choir, at least)

·         Textbook covers (one for every textbook)

·         Academy students will be using the IC planner in the 2018-2019  school year. Please bring the money to pay for your planner on the first day of school. The cost will be $5.


ELA, Reading, and History

·         2 packs of #2 pencils Cap erasers

·         2 erasers

·         2 packs of college-ruled, loose-leaf paper

·         Scissors

·         2 glue sticks

·         Colored pencils

·         1 pack of 5 highlighters

·         Pencil pouch with zipper or pencil box to carry supplies

·         3 sets of pocket dividers

·         4 packs of index cards (3x5)

·         Several pens: black, blue, and red

·         3 spiral-bound notebooks

·         3 3 ring binders 1 and 1/2 inches (one for each class: ELA, Reading, and History)

·         4 Boxes of tissues

·         Package of 8-10 markers

·         3 three-prong duo-tang pocket folders

·         Personal-sized stapler (not required, but definitely helpful!)

·         3 pack of bleach wipes

·         1 Pack of sharpie markers

·         Items to help organize your locker

·         Lock for the locker, if desired. Remember, you will need to leave your locker combination or extra key with Mrs. Spain

·         All Academy students are expected to have a planner in class daily. The IC planner will be used in the Academy.

·         Expo markers