8th grade English will incorporate the English Language Arts Standards as identified in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The course is designed to strengthen students’ reading and writing skills in preparation for the high school English program. Students read and analyze core literature in a variety of genres: short story, poetry, novel, and drama. Students write analytical and multi-paragraph essays. Grammar, essays and creative/analytical writing technique are taught in accordance with CCSS. Students will read a Shakespeare play and study word origins. Interdisciplinary links are emphasized. Projects are assigned throughout the school year. Students will continue to develop grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and writing skills.