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 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 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