Eastside Academic Studies


Literature and Composition 1

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Teacher: Marlys Roos
Date/Time: Thursday - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Room: 263
Department: Middle/Elementary
Grade Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
Maximum Enrollment: 15

Maximum 15 students

Cost: $495/year; $250/semester + $10 materials fee
$25 discount for those registered by August 1

Includes a free study skills workshop for those registered by August 14

Alternative names for the class such as 8th Grade English, 8th Grade Language Arts, Reading and Composition may be substituted. It fulfills the requirements for 8th grade English set by the Georgia Department of Education.

For further details about the course, visit www.hslitcompclasses.com.

In preparation for high school literature classes, students will study a variety of literature genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama. Reading assignments increase with difficulty as the year progresses, beginning at the middle grades level and reaching the high school level. Weekly vocabulary using words from reading assignments will develop not only understanding of the words in reading, but also the correct use of the words in writing. Students will learn methods to analyze (read and comprehend) and synthesize (write about) the materials they read. Students will develop note-taking skills for the purpose of studying and writing and will keep a writing portfolio throughout the year.

Projects will allow students to investigate further into the elements of the material they read and to express their understanding through a variety of media. Compositions will include creative as well as practical writing including poetry, dramatic dialogue, short stories, essays and reports. Grammar study and exercises will be used to refine writing skills. A research paper on an author will be the final spring project.

A study skills workshop the last week in August is included with the class. A field trip to a production of A Christmas Carol will be available for the cost of the ticket if enough students are interested.


  • Voyages in English 2011 Grade 8 Practice Book (This is the workbook only, approximately $16) (ISBN: 9780829428339);
  • The Reader`s Handbook for 9th-12th grades (ISBN:0-669-49006-7) (used throughout the year);
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (required summer reading);
  • The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene DuBois (September);
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (mid-October-December);
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth Speare George (Winter Break);
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell (January-early February);
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (February-March);
  • The Miracle Worker by William Gibson (late March-April);
  • 100 Best Loved Poems, Dover Thrift Edition (ISBN:0-486-28553-7) (late April-May)


Texts are not included in price of class. All but the grammar book may be purchased used.

The required summer reading assignment will be sent upon receipt of registration. A list of suggested summer reading for extra credit will be available in May.

A 1.5 inch binder with five dividers is required for each student.

Voyages in English Practice Book must be 2011 edition for 8th Grade and may be purchased from Rainbow Resource, Loyola Press, or Barnes & Noble for about $16.00. The Reader`s Handbook may be purchased used from Amazon or AbeBooks for as little as $.99 plus shipping. It can be purchased new from Amazon, Rainbow Resources or other retailers for about $31.00. The other books may be purchased through Amazon, Rainbow Resources or a number of other retailers. The Dover Thrift Editions also may be ordered from www.doverpublishers.com. Check Dover for the other books, too. Any edition of the novels should be fine.

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