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Grade Eight -- Reading Seminar

The eighth grade reading seminar class is designed to improve proficiency in reading, writing, listening, speaking and thinking skills with a direct emphasis on reading strategies using guided practice.  Students will read both fiction and non-fiction selections.  The curriculum does include vocabulary and grammar, but this instruction is mainly literature centered.  However, separate units are taught that impart an understanding of homophones and subject-verb agreement. 

A main goal of the class is to improve students' paragraph, essay, and letter writing skills.  PSSA strategies and test preparation exercises are stressed.  Further, book reports and a research project are also a part of our studies.  The 4-Sight Benchmark Test is given three times a year to assess progress.

Students who select this class are those who feel the need to improve their reading and/or writing skills and those who have decided to delay a foreign language elective until the high school.  The PSSA test scores in reading and language arts grades in sixth and seventh grade sometimes determine placement in this class.  The Instruction Support Team under the direction of Mr. Jack Decker may be contacted for further information. 

Texts:

Read for Real, Zaner-Bloser, Inc. Level F
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
Surprises, Jamestown Publishers
The Executioner by Jay Bennett
Supplemental Materials include:  Read Magazine, The Morning Call, National Geographic for Teens, and teacher selected resources.

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