The English language arts core curriculum focus on readings such as Cry, the Beloved Country, A Girl Named Disaster, Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution, Across Five Aprils, Dragonwings, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, To Kill a Mockingbird and Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. Students write narrative and research essays, composition assignments are usually integrated with the other topics in the overall eighth grade curriculum. Grammar review covers verbs, pronouns, punctuation, and capitalization.
Creative Writing: Short Story
This class focuses on plot elements such as exposition, character, setting, conflict, suspense, climax, and resolution. Students practice developing plots, characters, and settings to advance a story. Works from Kurt Vonnegut, Edgar Allen Poe, Langston Hughes, O. Henry, Gerald Durrell, Guy de Maupassant, and Ray Bradbury round out the reading list that doubles as inspiration for each student's own short story.