Grade 8 English

The Grade 8 English program emphasizes fluency in reading, writing and speaking. Students respond critically to short stories, novels and dramatic works such as Romeo and Juliet, The Maestro, Voices of the Holocaust and A Wizard of Earthsea, paying close attention to themes, narrative structures, character development and conflict. Through close reading of poems, students explore the expressive capabilities of language. Throughout the Grade 8 English curriculum, students grapple with issues of critical importance to any civilized society, such as morality, justice, citizenship and tolerance. Some themes in English are integrated with other subjects, particularly visual art, music and social studies.