English Foundations 3 is a comprehensive English class for advanced 8th graders covering composition, literature, grammar, and vocabulary. This class is designed for upper middle school students who have already shown strong English abilities, particularly in writing and grammar. Ninth graders that need additional reinforcement before high school level English classes are also welcome.
Course Objectives are as follows:
- Write multi-paragraph essays for the four types of writing (descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive) using teacher and peer review to improve each composition.
- Demonstrate an understanding of English grammar including: punctuation, mechanics, spelling, sentence structure, and parts of speech.
- Review the basic elements of literature.
- Identify techniques of literature such as irony, symbolism, and figures of speech including allusion, idioms, synecdoche, and understatement.
- Be introduced to ancient writings including the Iliad and the Odyssey, Beowulf, and the legend of King Arthur and his knights.
- Identify the sounds and techniques used in poetry and study famous American and British poets.
- Learn new vocabulary words in context through the novels read together and a vocabulary workbook.
The live class will take place on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm (EST), and further instruction and assignments will be designated through the Canvas website. Class activities include students reading mini-lessons and Reader’s Theater plays.
Class assignments are as follows:
- Four multi-paragraph essays
- Creative short story
- Response paragraphs and an analytical theme based on short stories
- Literature projects for specific elements
- Several poems of various types
- Poetry presentation about a famous poet and poem
- Grammar and vocabulary exercises
Who should enroll?
Advanced 8th graders with strong English skills, and 9th graders who need additional reinforcement before high school level English classes.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Web cam, sound card, and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
- Essays graded according to a rubric on the effective traits of writing
- Tests on terms and content related to writing and literature
- Grammar and vocabulary quizzes
Writing assignments receive much feedback during the grading process using a rubric that lists the effective traits of writing. Grammar and vocabulary exercises are usually graded automatically by Canvas. Literature requirements include answering comprehension questions. All projects will be graded based on effort.