8th grade - Language arts

Issues specific to teaching 6th to 8th graders, including the transition to Saxon math, Apologia science, Progeny Press guides, and grammar lessons
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8th grade - Language arts

Unread post by Marie » Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:53 pm

Try Easy Grammar Ultimte Series: Grade 8

We recommend that 8th graders who missed Applications of Grammar in 7th grade just follow our 8th grade recommendations and use Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 8. One of the reasons that we like this book is that it is very easy to use. We chose it to review grammatical concepts from Applications of Grammar. However, we think you'll find it works well even if you haven't used that book, as there is a short teaching explanation for each exercise.

Of course for those families that have an interest, 8th graders could also add Applications of Grammar if time allows. But you should be fine just using Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 8.

MFW Recommendations for 8th Grade Language Arts: two literature guides from Progeny Press, Spelling Power (if needed), Writing with Skill Level 1 (second half of book), Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus (used with Writing with Skill), and Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 8



Re: What to do for my 8th grader LA this fall

Unread post by MFW-Lucy » Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:20 pm

I am happy to finally be able to give you a complete answer about beginning Writing with Skill with an 8th grader. This was a joint effort and we hope that it will be helpful. If you have further questions, please let us know.

My Father’s World schedules two lessons a week in Writing with Skill Level 1 to be completed during 7th and 8th grade. For an 8th grader who is beginning WWS, we recommend completing as much of the book as possible. Consider adding one additional writing day to complete more lessons by the end of the year. By following this general guideline, you should be able to complete more than half the book. If you would like more specific recommendations for beginning Writing with Skill Level 1 with an 8th grader see below:

The author of Writing with Skill recommends the following:

You may progress more quickly through any assignments the student finds easy, skipping steps that seem unnecessary. Your goal is to familiarize the student with the topics taught and with the skills covered in the exercises.

1. Have the student read the General Instructions, the Overview for Weeks 1–3, and the Overview for Weeks 4–15 carefully.

2. Have the student complete the narration exercises in Day 1 of Week 14 and Day 1 of Week 15. If the student can do this without too much difficulty, you may skip all of Week 1 as well as Day 1 exercises in Weeks 3–13. If the student struggles, do not skip these exercises.

3. Have the student complete the outlining exercises in Day 2 of Weeks 14 and 15. If the student can do this without difficulty, you may skip Week 2, and Day 3 of Week 3. The other outlining exercises serve as models for the topics being taught and should be completed.

My Father’s World adds the following recommendations for those following our language arts recommendations and planning to continue in high school:

1. If your student completed Writing Skills For Today Level B, you may skip Weeks 8 and 9, but discuss the Space and Distance Words/Phrases for descriptions found in Appendix I of the Student Journal (p. 488) and complete Week 10.

2. If you are using Progeny Press literature guides which provide similar lessons, you may skip Part IV: Beginning Literary Criticism: Prose, but read the overview together. Additional literary analyses will be a focus in MFW high school especially in years 2 and 3.

3. MFW high school includes two formal opportunities for large research projects in years 2 and 4, so you may skip Part V: Research, but read the overview and complete Weeks 30 and 31: Writing from Notes. Note taking is a valuable study skill for high school and beyond.

4. If your child completed Language Lessons For Today poetry lessons, you may skip most or all of Part VI: Beginning Literary Criticism: Poetry. Poetry will be studied in MFW High School. (If you have boys, consider completing Week 34 "Charge of the Light Brigade." Several of the poetry concepts from this section could be explored orally including younger members of the family.)

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