Middle School English 8: Writing, Grammar & Literature

Mrs. Skinner



In this course, students will gain a solid foundation on the entire essay-building process through the use of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) curriculum. Over the course of 28 weeks, students will learn how to bring their words and arguments to life through effectively creating captivating introductions, compelling descriptions, and convincing conclusions. In addition, students will learn how to immediately apply new grammar knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing. Lastly, students will read a variety of texts related to the historical time period of 1815 to present day and will deepen their understanding of these texts through the use of a variety of active reading strategies and vocabulary exercises.



  • Large Pack of College Ruled Loose Leaf Paper (500 sheets)

  • 2 Black Pens (for final drafts)

  • 1 Red Pen (for correcting)

  • 1 Pack of Colored Pencils

  • 1-1 inch 3-Ring Binder

  • Set of Page Dividers

  • 1 Clear Page Protector

  • 1 College Ruled Mead Composition Book (for Vocabulary and Active Reading Strategies)

  • “The Swiss Family Robinson” New on Amazon from $3.88 (https://amzn.to/2lFztN5)

  • “The Boy in the Alamo” by Margaret Cousins. Used on Amazon from $14.95 (https://amzn.to/2k7qRyh)

  • “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain. Used on Amazon from $3.90 (https://amzn.to/2lGokvq)

  • “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom. Used on Amazon from $7.00 (https://amzn.to/2k7oT0P)

  • Easy Grammar Plus Student Test Booklet- https://www.easygrammar.com/easy-grammar-plus.html

  • Easy Grammar Plus Student Workbook- https://www.easygrammar.com/easy-grammar-plus.html

  • "The Elegant Essays: Writing Lessons" Student Workbook- https://iew.com/shop/products/elegant-essay-student-book-only

  • $5 for class materials (payable with tuition)

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