Entries by Alicia Hancock

A professor of mine once defined poetry as words surrounded by space. This definition has stuck with me and is one I often share with my students. Poetry comes in so many forms and so many styles. Modern poetry is the lyrics to a song, the catchy advertisement, or the sing-song pattern of a children’s […]

Nonfiction in 8th Grade Language Arts

The 8th grade Language Arts classes are reviewing the elements of nonfiction.  Students are using nonfiction books to identify and cite different types of text features such as headings, diagrams, charts, illustrations, and more.  Students will be doing research projects this quarter and having a basic understanding of text structures allows students to conduct research […]

Reading “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Students in 8th Grade Language Arts are reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.  This American classic explores the trials of growing up, prejudice, and courage.  The innocence of eight-year-old tomboy Scout Finch fades as she encounters racism and ignorance in the Depression-torn South.  Please note that this novel contains language that reflects the racially divided […]

Welcome to 8th Grade Language Arts

The CBMS 8th grade students have been busy in Language Arts class.  Students have written personal essays, read stories, practiced grammar skills, and started working on synonym, antonym, and homophone practice using the IXL program.  Students will be reading excerpts from the book, “Flowers for Algernon” and practicing spelling, grammar, and reading skills during this […]