Eighth-grade language arts also introduce students to carefully structured, well-supported arguments.
A class debate is a hands-on, cooperative way to introduce this concept.
First, she read aloud from “Bird by Bird,” Anne Lamott’s 1995 classic on how to write with voice.
“You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind,” the memoirist writes.
As a class, brainstorm some significant issues that affect students at your school, such as standardized testing, bullying or lack of performing arts groups.
Then, break the class into two teams and assign each one to present a side of the issue.Acting, movement and teamwork are all skills you can use to make learning language arts fun.While paragraphs provide the building blocks for a successful essay, their significance can be hard for students to see when trying to write an entire assignment. W.8.9.a Apply grade 8 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new"). W.8.9.b Apply grade 8 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., "Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced"). Using construction paper, streamers and other art supplies, they can create costumes and props as they find a creative way to portray the scene.After students perform for the class, you can ask them about the artistic decisions they made in adapting the text into their group production. W.8.10Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.On a bright July morning in a windowless conference room in a Manhattan bookstore, several dozen elementary school teachers were learning how to create worksheets that would help children learn to write. Hochman, founder of an organization called the Writing Revolution, displayed examples of student work.Manipulating the paragraphs can help them research specific conclusions about their writing, such as that some paragraphs are too short or too long, off-topic or need to be reordered.Have students tape their essays back together when they are finished.