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Course Description:                  

This course will allow students to broaden their reading/writing experience through the study and analysis of compelling literature. Students will respond to such literature through the stages of the writing process to produce a variety of genres that demonstrate style, ideas, grammar and mechanics, and organization.


The student will learn skills that are needed to become lifelong readers, writers, speakers, and critical thinkers.


8th ELA

Themes/Extended Texts

Main Language Focus

Ever-Changing Adolescent Identities

Bad Boy: A Memoir (Myers)


Active and Passive

Southern Gothic

To Kill a Mockingbird   (Lee)

Verb Moods

subjunctive, conditional, indicative, imperative, interrogative


Outliers: A Story of Success (Gladwell)


Gerunds, Participials, Infinitives


The House of the Scorpion (Farmer)

Punctuation Pauses

Dash, Parenthesis, Ellipsis

9th Literature

Themes/Extended Texts

Main Language Focus

Trials & Triumphs: A Hero’s Journey

The Odyssey  (Homer)

Verbs: Voice & Mood 

Active and Passive

subjunctive, conditional, indicative, imperative, interrogative

Questioning the Truth

The Other Wes Moore (Moore)

Parallel Structure


Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare)

Phrases and Clauses

noun, verb, adjectival, adverbial, participial, prepositional, absolute

The Power of Propaganda

Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury)


Dash, Parenthesis, Ellipsis, Colon, Semicolon


Classroom Expectations:

Prompt, Prepared, Positive, Present


Bobcat Behavior:

Be respectful, responsible, and ready to learn!


18-19 Bay Springs Theme:

Believe. Belong. Be Bold. Be a Bobcat!