This class is designed to help 6th through 8th graders identify literary elements in novels, analyze plot details, and write academic essays in MLA format. There will be weekly reading assignments and quizzes, several essays throughout both semesters, and several tests. We’ll also work on grammar in class and through Quill.org on a regular basis. The class is on a two-year rotation with books, so students are welcome to take MS English A in back-to-back years.
Please get a copy of the 8th Edition of the MLA Handbook. Students will need to use them both in class and at home.
Books are listed in the order we’ll read them:
Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
Within Reach: My Everest Story by Mark Pfetzer
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Call it Courage by Amrstrong Sperry
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
*Short stories will be provided
Students need access to Google Docs and a gmail account, either their own or access to a parent’s, so they can submit rough drafts to me and receive feedback in a timely manner.
They also need to join my Quill.org classroom online by the first week of class (class code: match-pie). Students will take a diagnostic assessment first so I can see where everyone is grammar-wise, then they’ll have assignments to complete throughout the semester.
See everyone on Thursday, August 19!