8th Grade Language Arts

Academic Year Language Arts

In our eighth grade course, students analyze the most grammatically complex sentences from classic literature. Students apply advanced research and essay-writing skills to papers about complex subjects such as artistic expressions, historical movements, great discoveries, and ancient ethics. They also continue to broaden their vocabularies with the study of advanced words and Latin and Greek stems. We use Michael Clay Thompson's language arts series to challenge our high-achieving students.

Reading Sources

By introducing our students to complex passages from some of the world's greatest writers, we teach students both how to understand intricately-expressed ideas as well as to convey their own insights. Below is a sample of the high-quality classic literature and primary sources from which course material is drawn:
  • Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare
  • Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
"My children have been students of AoPS Academy for several years now. The staff is very good at identifying and encouraging high achieving students to attain their fullest potential. The instructors engage kids to solve tough math problems, and push them to think logically and come up with unique solutions, instead of following a memorized formula. I have witnessed many classes where students are given the opportunity to suggest multiple ways of approaching the same problem. This has really helped my children develop independent learning skills and a stronger foundation in mathematics. The staff truly care for each and every student’s growth. Every child gets an abundance of individual attention. Programs such as the math competition classes, MATHCOUNTS Trainer Contest, and Short Story Contest really challenge the kids to reach up to the next level. The language arts classes like Debate & Public Speaking and College Essay Writing provide a much higher quality of education for their students. Thank you so much for being such a valuable resource for my children. "
-Usha D.
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